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Conference Registration Check-In
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Robinson Center, Ballroom A
Local & Regional Resources
Learn about available grants, fellowships, learning opportunities, programs and advocacy efforts available to Arkansas artists and arts organizations.
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Arkansas Arts Council
Speakers: Patrick Ralston, director; Brazier Watts, grants program manager; Scarlet Sims, artist services manager, Matt Boyce, arts in education program manager, Tanja Enoch, community development program manager and Cheri Leffew, special projects & events manager.
9:30-9:50 a.m. Arkansas Humanities Council
Speaker: Asya P. Webster, program officer for grants and public programs
9:50-10:15 a.m. Arkansans for the Arts
Speakers: Mariah Hatta, executive director and Erin Holliday, AFTA member
10:15-10:45 a.m. Mid-America Arts Alliance
Speaker: Margaret Keough, director of advocacy
The Economic Impact of the Arts
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Speaker: Dr. Genna Styles-Lyas, director of AEP6 Community Engagement & Equity, Americans for the Arts
The Arts & Economic Prosperity Survey (AEP6) is the sixth economic impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts, the national advocacy organization for the arts. This study is conducted about every five years to gauge the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the U.S. The results of the survey and the implementation of the study’s equity and inclusion initiatives will be discussed
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be held in Ballroom C.
Artist Spotlight: African American Visual Artists of Arkansas
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Rex Deloney
Rex Deloney, artist and educator, leads a presentation on significant African American visual artists from Arkansas and their successes locally and nationally.
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
What is Art Therapy?
2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
A panel of professional art therapists discuss the difference between art therapy and therapeutic art making. Both can provide alleviation to the adverse effects of stress and trauma by giving individuals a new medium of expression. Learn how the goals,
processes and the relationship between the artist and the professional involved may differ. Session concludes with a hands-on therapeutic art activity for participants.
ArtLinks 2023: Individual Artist Fellowship Awards Reception
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham, Little Rock
Come celebrate the Individual Artist Fellowship awardees and their artworks during a special reception at the Old State House Museum. Just a short walk from Robinson Center, ArtLinks attendees are invited to mingle and enjoy refreshments with the 18 Arkansas creatives who will be awarded $5,000 grants that recognize their talents and achievements. Fellows will exhibit artwork or perform in the categories of Literary Arts: theatre monologue; Performance Arts: original stand-up comedy; Visual Arts: oil or acrylic on canvas; Contemporary Craft with a metal component, Community Engagement Art, and Multisensory Art with a tactile component. The Fellowships are awarded annually to creatives who live and work in Arkansas and show excellence in the arts. The Old State House was built in 1836. The museum features permanent and changing artifacts and exhibitions from throughout Arkansas’s history.
Bringing the Arts to Local Schools
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Artist residencies can enhance existing art programs in schools or community organizations. Staff from two exemplary arts organizations will share successful strategies and tips for reaching out to your local school or nonprofit organization. Learn about developing tailored programs and activities linked to your artistic discipline and how to connect it to the educational curriculum in the schools.Creating Meaningful Community Connections
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Connecting with current and emerging artists and arts leaders is an essential part of outreach and community
engagement. Panelists will discuss the importance of taking the time to talk to residents and community leaders to
better understand the needs of the population. Learn about effective efforts to build sustained relationships with
different and diverse communities, how to identify the challenges and imagine new solutions.
Mariah Hatta is the executive director of Arkansans for the Arts, the arts advocacy group. The group's mission is to advance the arts, arts education and the creative economy in Arkansas. Mariah has worked as a freelance consultant for over two decades. Her services have ranged from strategic communications, press relations, general campaign management, fundraising and advocacy. Her past clients include elected officials, professional associations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. She moved to Little Rock twenty years ago. She served on the Arkansas Arts Council advisory council from 2014 to 2019. Her passions are the arts, arts education and gun safety policy.
Erin Holliday is the executive director of Emergent Arts, a local art center in Hot Springs serving emerging artists of all ages and abilities through arts education, gallery exhibits, residency studios, and community collaborations. She is also past executive director and current member of Arkansans for the Arts. She currently serves as the District 1 Director for the City of Hot Springs and on the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission. Erin is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer through the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas. She is a native of Hot Springs, an experience which fostered an early love of the arts and community. After graduating Erin relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute.