Artist Funding Initiative Underway in NWA

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — The Walton Family Foundation is joining with the Mid-America Arts Alliance to start a new program to create more funding for individual artists in the area.

Artists 360 will provide almost $500,000 in direct grants and professional development services for artists.

That includes learning opportunities for building careers, which officials hope will create a network of regional artists.

Todd Stein, CEO of the alliance, said the money will make its way back into the local market.

“One of the things that’s important for a creative economy, like you have in Northwest Arkansas, is to have artists apart of that,” Stein said. “Artists benefit the economy in numerous ways through their creativity.”

Practicing artists will be eligible for $7,500 dollar grants, while student artists will be able to receive $1,500 grants.

The pilot will last three years.

Officials hope to reach 60 artists during that time.

Applications open may first.

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