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Arkansas enjoys a vast wealth of natural and cultural resources. Its physical beauty, musical influence, folk arts, fine arts, social and political history all make for a colorful and unique heritage worth celebrating. The Department of Arkansas Heritage sets aside the month of May each year as a time to recognize and appreciate Arkansas's cultural and natural heritage. This annual tradition got it's start in 1982 as Arkansas Heritage Week. It was expanded to include a full month of activities, including community heritage festivals, workshops, tours and more. Each year a theme is chosen for Arkansas Heritage Month that provides an opportunity to learn about some aspect of our state. 

There are many ways to participate in Arkansas Heritage Month. A Heritage Month event might be a nature walk, research project, pictorial display, museum exhibit, festival or concert. To make it easier for more communities and organizations to showcase their heritage, grants were made available to help develop events and programs. We also invite all communities and organizations participate in  Heritage Month Events. The Department of Arkansas Heritage helps promote all Heritage Month events on the web site, in the Storyline newsletter and in Heritage Month marketing efforts.

Future Heritage Months:
  • 2015 – From the Delta to the Hills: Different Landscapes a Common Heritage (Delta Cultural Center)
  • 2016 – Arkansas Arts Council
  • 2017 – Old State House Museum
  • 2018 – Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
  • 2019 – Bicentennial of Arkansas becoming a U.S. Territory (Historic Arkansas Museum)
  • 2020 – Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
  • 2021 – Arkansas Historic Preservation Program