Mid-America Arts Alliance ((M-AAA) just recently announced the grantees of their Interchange program which supports artist-led projects focused on social impact in M-AAA’s six-state region of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. The M-AAA, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, listed 16 grants winners with one of the recipients being Marion County’s own Flint Hills Counterpoint.
The sixteen grantees, represent all six states with projects addressing a range of social issues, reaching communities both rural and urban.
According to an M-AAA press release, each funded artist will receive a project grant of $20,000, as well as convening and peer connection to other Interchange grantees. This will take the form of professional development retreats and ongoing mentoring through the life of the funded projects.
Flint Hills Counterpoint is a collaboration between filmmaker Cyan Meeks, composer Susan Mayo, and the community of rural Marion County. According to their website they serve to “investigate and engage the last remaining vestiges of the tallgrass prairie, the most decimated ecosystem in North America. Through collaborative conservation, arts, and immersive event programming, the project will culminate into a site-specific audiovisual performance that interprets a plot of land experiencing its transformational process and its encounter with this small rural Kansas county—working together to not only reclaim the native ecosystem but to embark on community reclamation as well.”
The organization has provided many events and educational opportunities to residents of Marion County, particularly Peabody.