Ends on July 8, 2019

Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, is a program providing grant funding and professional development opportunities to student artists of all disciplines attending a post-secondary institution in the Arkansas counties of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington.

Artists 360 is designed to elevate and energize greater Northwest Arkansas artists by providing them with:

  • $1,500 grants to support creative practices and career advancement
  • learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable creative practices
  • connections to a dynamic regional artist network.

The application deadline is Monday, July 8, 2019.
Applicants will be notified by August 19, 2019.

Applicants facing difficulties completing online submissions should contact artists360@maaa.org.  For more information on Artists 360, visit www.artists360.art


To be eligible for Artists 360, you must:

Create work in one or more of the following artistic disciplines: 

  • Visual Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
  • Performing Arts (dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
  • Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
  • Traditional Arts (work that is made based on artistic traditions shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation through demonstration, conversation and practice – may include crafts, storytelling, dance, music, or functional art)

Be enrolled for the 2019-20 school year (part-time or full-time) in an accredited post-secondary institution located in one of the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington.

(Student artists do not have to be arts majors to be eligible for Artists 360.)

Must complete the online application form, answer the narrative questions, provide digital work samples that support their proposed project, and a provide a proof of residency document.

Be available for an Artists 360 retreat on October 4-5, 2019

Be at least 18 years of age at time of application

Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status

Each Artists 360 application should include:

  • Completed online application form including a description of how you will use the grant funds to enhance your creative practice and/or advance your artistic career 
  • Proof of enrollment in your college or university
  • Three artwork samples (images – 1MB max. per image, audio files, film files, or URLs to audio and film files)
  • Work Sample Summary (maximum 4 pages)


  • Artistry: Successful applicants will demonstrate artistic excellence, variously defined by the practitioners and norms in their discipline, and show a deep commitment to their work. Selected artists will be advanced in their practice (whether through higher education, apprenticeship, or studies with elders and leaders in their craft).
  • Program Readiness and Collegiality: Selected artists will have the desire to advance their career and deepen their practice, as well as an interest in sharing their work and process as part of a network of artists.
  • Balanced Cohort: Panelists will consider the overall balance of the group of grantees to ensure a broad representation of perspectives, disciplines, and experience levels.