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Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance

Community, Arts & Culture, Education

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Enriching Communities through extraordinary cultural events.


Visual Arts and Humanities

ExhibitsUSA Would you like to host an exciting exhibition at your institution? Perhaps you have organized an exhibition and would like help in touring it? ExhibitsUSA (EUSA), founded in 1988 annually offers more than 50 diverse art and humanities exhibitions to museums and other exhibiting institutions nationwide. EUSA’s mission is to create access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurture the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. If you are looking for a new exhibition experience for your community or help in getting your exhibition on the road, EUSA can help!

NEH on the Road NEH on the Road offers an exciting opportunity for communities of all sizes to experience some of the best exhibitions funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Performing Arts

* Regional Touring Program* The Regional Touring Program supports the presentation of touring artists in performing arts venues across our six-state region. Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America’s Performing Arts division makes grants to presenters in two categories: (1) Touring Artists Fee Subsidy; and (2) Community Engagement with Touring Artists.

Travel Stipends for Performing Artists and Presenters Mid-America Arts Alliance supports professional development and networking by offering travel stipends for performing artists and presenters from our region. The 2009 Association of Performing Arts Presenters meeting in New York (January 9-13) and the 2009 Midwest Arts Conference in Saint Paul (Sept. 9-12) are prime gathering points for booking, professional development workshops and meetings of the Plains Presenters and Southwest Performing Arts Presenters consortia, where block-booking is coordinated. Other meetings and conferences offering similar opportunities for presenters and performing artists are also eligible.

2009 Association of Performing Arts Presenters meeting

2009 Midwest Arts Conference --

Enhance Dance Mid-America has helped local presenters bring affordable, high-quality dance to their communities for more than three decades, and is looking for more ways to support dance development in the region: contact Director of Performing Arts Don Adams (816-421-1388, ext. 226, or with questions or suggestions as to Mid-America’s future support of dance.

ArtsEngage Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to offer ExhibitsUSA venues ArtsEngage, a collaborative effort between Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Visual Arts and Humanities and Performing Arts divisions. ArtsEngage provides exhibiting venues an opportunity to connect with professional performing artists that have created programming specific to a variety of ExhibitsUSA and NEH on the Road traveling exhibitions.

Mid-America Performing Arts Blog A new initiative, Mid-America’s performing arts blog is being established to encourage dialogue about the condition of the performing arts in our region and how we can work regionally to improve the picture. Sign up to receive email updates, or visit the site to learn more.

Professional Development

The Professional Development division provides institutional advancement, capacity building, and professional development opportunities for Mid-America Arts Alliance’s constituents. A few current and past projects include:

Hands-On Experiential Learning Project (HELP for small museums) Ozark Plateau Initiative (OPI) Job Alike


Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) was created to support and stimulate cultural activity in communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Based in the heartland, M-AAA now creates and manages regional, multi-regional, national, and international programs including traveling exhibitions, performing arts touring, and professional and community development.

Countless stories can be told about arts experiences in the communities that Mid-America Arts Alliance serves with performances, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, master classes, school tours, radio broadcasts, artist residencies, community projects, and lectures. For these communities the arts truly are a source of lifelong learning and renewal.


Mid-America Arts Alliance's programs and services reach into communities of all sizes and types—from major metropolitan areas to the smallest towns in rural America—by distributing high-quality performing and visual arts programming to over 300 communities each year.


With a focus on affordability and an emphasis on education, Mid-America Arts Alliance is able to ensure access to the arts by providing a broad range of cultural programming to a wide variety of communities in the region and beyond. M-AAA supplies 850 performances and exhibitions and some 6,000 related educational programs to over one million people annually.


By supporting both artists and communities, Mid-America Arts Alliance's programs and services directly impact the overall cultural and economic health of the region. In any given year, performing artists supported by M-AAA earn an average of $5 million in fees and our programs generate over $6.5 million in direct economic activity.

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  • April Befort
  • Maynard Clark
  • Raina Heinrich

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Mid-America Arts Alliance

2018 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
United States

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Moderator: April Befort