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The Arkansas Arts Council will advance and empower the arts for the benefit of all Arkansans.

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Arkansas abounds with culture and creativity. The arts strengthen the economy, drive tourism and business and improve academic performance. The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Division of Arkansas Heritage, advances and empowers the arts by providing services and funding for programming that encourages and assists literary, performing and visual artists and arts organizations in achieving standards of professional excellence. The Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs. This statewide programming and assistance ultimately provide cultural, educational and economic opportunities for the benefit of all Arkansans. Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Arkansas. 

Arkansas Artist Registry

A free service provided to the visual arts community.

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Get SmART!

Workshops that cover art related topics for individual artists and arts organizations.

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Arkansas Living Treasure Award

This program annually recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional arts or craft.

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Poetry Out Loud

Encouraging students to learn great poetry and develop real-world skills.

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Governor's Arts Awards

The annual program recognizes Arkansas artists, arts patrons, arts educators, arts organizations and businesses.

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Small Works On Paper

A juried visual art exhibition that showcases 2-D artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists.

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We Have an Event Coming Up!

GetSmART! Learning Series: Social Media Marketing for Artists

  • February 15, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Learn the best methods, tips and trends for starting or maintaining your marketing skills and boosting your art career.

GetSmART! Learning Series: Grant Finding for Individual Artists

  • February 16, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM

“Grant Finding for Individual Artists" will teach emerging and established artists and creatives how to find grants to support their projects and endeavors.

GetSmART! Learning Series: How to Write an Artist Statement

  • February 17, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM

"How to Write an Artist Statement” will take creatives through the process of writing a successful artist statement.

Artist INC Express - Bringing Artists Together Statewide

  • February 17, 2022 - February 20, 2022

Mid-America Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council, will host a three day online workshop dedicated to bringing creatives together statewide to build professional development skills starting Friday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 20

GetSmART! Learning Series: Networking 101 for Artists

  • February 22, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Having trouble connecting with others? “Networking 101 for Artists” will show you how to get over the awkward and boost your career through peopling with purpose.

GetSmART! Learning Series: Pathway to Success - Finding Your Voice in Art

  • March 15, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Join community leader, motivational speaker and celebrity singer-songwriter Papa Rap (Al Lopez) to learn how he found his voice, changed himself and built unity in communities and schools across northwest Arkansas.

GetSmART! Learning Series: The Business of Plays

  • March 16, 2022
  • 03:00PM - 04:00PM

Learn more about the ins and outs of writing, workshopping, and producing plays with playwright, educator, and producer Rachel Lynett (she/they).

GetSmART! Learning Series - Women Writing Stories: Messages from Our Mothers and other Women in Our Lives

  • March 17, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM

As part of Women’s History Month, “Women Writing Stories: Messages from Our Mothers and other Women in Our Lives” will be a celebration of women, their lives, their voices and their stories.

Artist INC Express -Bilingual/Spanish

  • March 17, 2022 - March 20, 2022

Mid-America Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council, will present an three day online workshop geared toward the Latinx/Hispanic communities of Arkansas by creating a bilingual presentation that targets communities in Northwest Arkansas and Central Arkansas. The workshop will be Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20.

GetSmART! Learning Series: AAC Grants and Arts in Education Roster

  • April 11, 2022
  • 04:30PM - 05:00PM

Join the manager of Arkansas Arts Council’s grant programs and Arts in Education programs to learn what opportunities are available for funding your teaching programs.

Artist INC Express - Teaching Artists

  • April 14, 2022 - April 17, 2022

Mid-America Arts Alliance, in partnership with Arkansas Arts Council, will host this three day online workshop dedicated to bringing teaching artists together across the state of Arkansas to create peer support network. The workshop will be Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17.

GetSmART! Learning Series: Meeting the Emotional Needs of Youth Through the Arts

  • April 18, 2022
  • 04:30PM - 05:45PM

“Meeting the Emotional Needs of Youth Through the Arts” will showcase how teachers and counselors can integrate visual and performing arts strategies to help children cope with crisis situations, including the ongoing pandemic.

GetSmART! Learning Series: Using Art as a Teaching Tool

  • April 18, 2022
  • 04:30PM - 05:30PM

Join 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year and arts leader Stacey McAdoo to learn the best strategies and methods for incorporating the arts as a teaching tool.

Artist INC Express - Centering BIPOC Artists

  • May 12, 2022 - May 15, 2022

Mid-America Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council, will present a three day online workshop centering the BIPOC artists and communities, and uplifting BIPOC voices. The workshop will be Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15.

Artist INC Express - Student Artists

  • June 02, 2022 - June 05, 2022

Mid-America Arts Alliance, in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council, will host an online three day workshop dedicated to bringing student artists and young creatives together statewide to build professional development skills. The workshop will be Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.

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OppARTunities

The OppARTunities page is a Facebook group page designed to help artists and arts organizations find local/national opportunities in all arts disciplines.

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Arkansas Arts in Education

The Arts in Education Artist Roster is an online listing of professional performers and visual or literary artists who are available to participate in a variety of Arts in Education programs.

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