Heritage Month

May is Arkansas Heritage Month

Each year, we encourage all Arkansans to celebrate, discover and enjoy our state’s heritage during May.

Since 1982, Arkansans have celebrated Heritage Month with festivals, special studies, concerts,nature walks, tours and much more! Arkansans host scores of events in communities across the state, all proudly proclaiming the message that Arkansas heritage is worth knowing and celebrating.

2017 Theme

A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I

The Arkansas Heritage Month grant application process is now open. Each year, dozens of organizations statewide apply for and receive grants to help develop local events and programs that support the Heritage Month theme during May.

This year's theme, “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I,” will center on the centennial remembrance of World War I and its effects on Arkansas and the world. Governor Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order creating the World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee. Through 2018, the committee is encouraging organizations to develop and participate in activities that will expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of World War I.

For Heritage Month 2017, think about ways that World War I may have affected your town or region. Could your organization host or sponsor an event or exhibit that would help people of today understand the significance of World War I? What was life like on the home front in Arkansas during the war that was to end all wars? Whatever you choose to present, plan an event that will honor your town and its people. Create something that will celebrate authentic Arkansas and make others want to come and learn more about your region’s way of life.

Grants of up to $5,000 may be requested by non-profit organizations to support a project that reflects the Heritage Month theme. To access a grant application booklet that outlines all criteria and the grant selection process, click on the link below for the application packet or write to the Heritage Month Grant Coordinator at:

Department of Arkansas Heritage
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
fax: (501) 324-9154
email: [email protected]

2017 Heritage Month Program Guidelines 2017 Heritage Month Program Guidelines (559 KB)

Applications must be received in the Department of Arkansas Heritage office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

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Future Heritage Months:

  • 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