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Artists 360 announced Tuesday that 20 artists in Northwest Arkansas will receive project and student grants.

The Artists 360 program is offered by Mid-America Arts Alliance with the support of the Walton Family Foundation, according to a press release by the alliance and the foundation.

Grant Recipients

For a full list of artists and projects, including descriptions, bios and images, visit

Source: Staff Report

The addition of the 20 artists grows Artists 360's cohort to 40, according to the release.

The program contributes to the prosperity of the arts community in Northwest Arkansas, according to the release.

Project grants are for $7,500 and range in discipline from literary to the performing and visual arts and include projects such as mixed media, photography and sculpture.

Students are recognized during post-secondary education and are encouraged in building sustainable practices, according to the release. Student artists receive $1,500. Awardees will also receive professional development services.

The following artists, organized by discipline, were awarded project grants:

• Literary Arts: Keely Brice, Megan Downey, Rodney Wilhite;

• Performing Arts: Amos Cochran, Simone Cottrell, Crescent Dragonwagon, Rachel Lynett, Traci Rae Manos, Lia Uribe;

• Visual Arts: Craig Colorusso, Robert P. Gordon, Danielle Hatch, Zora Murff an Loring Taoka.

The following student artists, organized by discipline, received grants:

• Literary Arts: Samuel Binns, Peter Mason;

• Performing Arts: Mahshid Iraniparast;

• Visual Arts: Ashley Gardner, Ziba Rajabi and Samuel Rivera Lopez.

"As we welcome the second cohort of Artists 360 awardees, we are invigorated by the breadth of their projects and talents, and we look forward to building deeper networks and skills for all involved artists," Todd Stein, CEO of the alliance said in the release.

Traci Rae Manos is a folk singer-songwriter from the Ozark foothills who has performed for audiences in the the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

"Art is an interaction," Manos said in the release. "What I love about the Artists 360 program is that it is establishing a community of artists in Northwest Arkansas who can learn together, inspire one another and even collaborate on future projects.

"Artists 360 is infusing the local art scene with much-needed resources, as well as giving artists a platform from which to share our work. My Artists 360 grant will allow me to record my first album since 2006," she said.

Artists 360 is a three-year pilot program that will serve 60 artists by 2021.

The first professional development conference is set for Oct. 4-6 in Bentonville.

NW News on 09/11/2019

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