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2023 Governor's Arts Awards


Our Mission

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


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8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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About Us

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: Using Podcasting as a Creative’s Tool

  • August 27, 2022
  • 10:00AM - 01:00PM

The Arkansas Arts Council is pleased to team with consulting expert Ti King and artist-business expert Elizabeth Silverstein to create a workshop dedicated to the ins and outs of podcasting targeting Arkansas creatives Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Business Engine located at 400 West Capitol Avenue, #2848 in Little Rock.



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


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.