Interchange Awards 16 Grants of $20,000 to Regional Artists

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to announce the grantees of the Interchange program, supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact in M-AAA’s six state region of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The sixteen grantees, represent all six states with projects addressing a range of social issues, reaching communities both rural and urban.

Interchange 2021 Fellows:

Francheska Alcantara, Tulsa, OK; 

C. Diaz, McAllen, TX

Luis Ordaz Gutierrez, Austin, TX

Allegra Hansen with Abril Hernandez, Omaha, NE and Mexico City, Mexico;

Elisa Harkins, Tulsa, OK; 

Chelsea T. Hicks, Bartlesville, OK; 

Naima Lowe, Tulsa, OK; 

Cyan Meeks with Susan Mayo, Kansas City, KS; 

Travis Neel with Erin Charpentier, Kim Karlsrud, and Daniel Phillips, Lubbock, TX;

Lizzy Petersen with Sarah Tisdale and Britny Cordera, St. Louis, MO;

Reyes Ramirez, Houston, TX; 

riel & Bianca Sturchio, Austin, TX; 

Ryan Tenney, Kansas City, MO; 

Olivia Trimble, Fayetteville, AR; 

Sara Vanderbeek, Austin, TX; and 

Lucas Wrench, Tulsa, OK. 

Each funded artist will receive a project grant of $20,000, as well as convening and peer connection to other Interchange grantees. This will take the form of professional development retreats and ongoing mentoring through the life of the funded projects.

Congratulations, Artists!