Mid-America Arts Alliance’s headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo: Sabatini Architects.

Recipients of $20,000 Grants from Mid-America Arts Alliance Announced

The Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri, has named the inaugural artists recognized by its new Interchange program, which supports artist-led projects designed to have a social impact. Hailing from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, the grantees will each receive $20,000.

A pilot program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Interchange was created to help regional artists realize projects that address issues reaching rural and urban communities. The recipients will also have access to the alliance’s network of creative professionals, who may mentor or advise the artists as they develop their projects.

“We were impressed but not surprised by the quality of proposals we received from throughout the region,” said Todd Stein, president and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance. “We are grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for recognizing the need for funding of this kind of work happening outside of coastal arts hubs. Congratulations to all the grantees, and we appreciate all who applied.”

The 2019 Interchange fellows are as follows:

Ilene Berman (St. Louis, Missouri)

Libby Bland (Houston, Texas)

Justin Bryant (Roe, Arizona)

Crystal Campbell (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Simone Cottrell (Fayetteville, Arizona)

Israel Garcia Garcia (Kansas City, Missouri)

Maura Garcia (Overland Park, Kansas)

Nansi Guevara (Brownsville, Texas)

Kendell Harbin (Kansas City, Missouri)

Dave Loewenstein (Lawrence, Kansas)

Adam McKinney (Fort Worth, Texas)

Mark Menjivar (San Antonio, Texas)

Nathan Murray (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Erika Nelson (Lucas, Kansas)

Xochitl Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas)

Jonathan Wei (Austin, Texas)