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We Support the Arts

The Arkansas Arts Council annually funnels about $1.5 million in grants to nonprofits, schools, agencies and artists that support, grow and evolve the arts in Arkansas.

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Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Arkansas policy makers, stakeholders and the general public will fully recognize the educational, economic and cultural impact of the arts, creative people and creative enterprises.
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“Bow and Arrow” by Katherine Strause

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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Poetry Out Loud

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

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