Services

ExhibitsUSA is a national touring program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a nonprofit Regional Arts Organization. Together, we create access to the arts and humanities, nurture the development and understanding of diverse arts forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.

Traveling Exhibitions

With more than twenty-five years developing traveling exhibitions, ExhibitsUSA exhibitions are designed for cultural institutions of all sizes and represent a variety of cultures and time periods. Experienced curators develop shows that encompass thoughtful topics in fine art, studio craft, folk art, design, and history and culture. Works are drawn from institutions, small and large, and private collections throughout the country. View the complete list of ExhibitsUSA exhibitions.

Education

Education through experience is a primary goal for ExhibitsUSA traveling exhibitions, and each exhibition is accompanied by a full range of interpretive and educational materials. Created by experienced educators, our programming guides, family and youth gallery guides, and educational brochures engage and inform audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Programming guides include everything from reference materials, narrative labels, and docent information to speaker resources, museum activities, and community events. ExhibitsUSA educators can provide individual assistance in identifying and developing ancillary educational activities.

Support

ExhibitsUSA provides a full range of support services including: exhibition planning and installation, clear and concise installation, de-installation, and shipping instructions, complete press kits with digital imagery, sample press releases, and public service announcements, and comprehensive insurance coverage. Individual support may be obtained by contacting staff registrars.

Subsidies and Discounts

Every aspect in the development of ExhibitsUSA’s exhibitions is about partnership—including funding. As a nonprofit, Regional Arts Organization, Mid-America Arts Alliance seeks additional funding from foundations and federal and state arts and humanities agencies to support the work of cultural institutions. This allows for funds to be used as subsidies towards exhibition rental fees. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited to particular regions. All exhibitors in the five states of the Mid-America Arts Alliance region (Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) are offered a discounted Regional Rental Fee for traveling exhibitions. The state arts agencies in these states make this possible.

For information on the availability of rental subsidies or other support, please contact Constituent Services at MoreArt (at) maaa.org or 800-473-3872, ext. 209.

Grants

Venues that host an EUSA exhibition from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 and are located in the Mid-American Arts Alliance region are eligible to apply for an educational and public programs grant. Grants of $1,000 per venue are available to underwrite educational and public program expenses, for the purpose of expanding audiences and for engaging scholars/experts tied to EUSA exhibition themes.

Examples include:

  • Engaging a scholar for a lecture related to an exhibition
  • Engaging a teaching artist to lead a workshop for K-12 students
  • Creating and producing education and public exhibition materials for engaging visitors and deepening knowledge

Venues must meet the grant criteria to be eligible, and they should apply at least 90 days before the exhibition opens. The number of available grants is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To submit a grant, go to M-AAA’s Grants Submission Page. Under the ExhibitsUSA Programming Grant heading, click the Submit button.

We are grateful to the Hearst Foundations and the National Endowment of the Arts, whose support makes these grants available.

For more information on Mid-America Arts Alliance and its services,
contact Constituent Services at MoreArt (at) maaa.org or 800-473-3872, ext. 209.