Fayetteville artist receives $20,000 social change grant

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The Mid-America Arts Alliance on Tuesday announce the recipients for its 2021 Interchange grant program designed to strengthen communities and individual artists by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact.

The 16 grant winners represent projects addressing a range of social issues in the alliance’s six-state region of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Fayetteville artist Olivia Trimble is among the recipients, and will receive a project grant of $20,000 to put toward large-scale public art pieces in the communities of Eudora and Fox, Arkansas as part of the Rural Placekeeping Collaborative Exchange project.

Aside from funding, all artists will receive convenings and peer connection, along with professional development retreats and ongoing mentoring through the life of the funded projects.

The Interchange program is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their continuing support of this program that allows us to highlight the contributions of social practice artists embedded in their communities,” said Todd Stein, the alliance’s president and CEO. “These 16 projects bring essential vitality to the Mid-America region.”

2021 Interchange fellows