Artists 360 program increases grant total to $300,000 for 2024 cohort

2023 Artists 360 grant winners (Kat Wilson Photography)

The Mid-America Arts Alliance has opened applications for the seventh cohort of the Artists 360 program.

The program aims to support artists across various disciplines in Northwest Arkansas with financial aid, professional development, and networking opportunities.

This year, Artists 360 has revised its grant categories and increased funding from $214,000 to $300,000.

Diane Scott, director of M-AAA’s artists services, said the program has shifted from project-based to practice-centered support, which should allow recipients more flexibility in using their grants for various needs like equipment, studio space, and child care.

A total of 31 artists will benefit from the grants, which are now segmented into undergraduate ($2,500) and graduate student ($5,000) grants, practicing artist ($10,000) grants, community activator ($17,500) grants, and a $25,000 creative impact award.

Applications for student and practicing artist grants and the community activator grants are open through June 10. The creative impact award category will accept applications through June 24.

A free virtual information session is scheduled for May 9 to assist applicants in understanding the new grant model and application process.

Detailed application guidelines are available at

The program is made possible from support by the Walton Family Foundation. It has provided $1 million to 138 artists since it was launched in 2018.