Arts Across Arkansas


This pilot program will encourage, enhance, and expand student's original thoughts, processes, personal experiences and artistic abilities. The goal of Arts Across Arkansas is to give high school students the opportunity to be rewarded for their original creative works. 

With the Arts Across Arkansas program, teachers can nominate their students to enter a preliminary work for submission. Multiple students from one school may submit for the preliminary round in their selected medium of music composition, dance choreography, prose, visual arts, photography and film. Students can submit to multiple mediums.

Teaching artists from the Arkansas Arts Council’s Arts in Education Roster will then judge the applicants in their respected fields, narrowing the selection of applicants to 5-10 as finalists per medium. After the selection is made, an AIE artist will spend time virtually, or in person with each finalist, mentoring and guiding the student as they go through their creative process with the work they originally submitted. Students may change, edit or redo their work before submitting the final product for the state finals.

This mentoring process will encourage students to discover the hurdles of creative, original work, while enhancing their problem-solving abilities, all while remaining in their own creative space. 

The program culminates in a state finals event to be held in March 2023 where a cash prize will be awarded.

The deadline to submit your nominations is Friday, January 6, 2023.


Program Benefits

  • The opportunity to create original work and receive feedback from an Arkansas Arts in Education professional
  • Mentorship with a professional artist in their chosen medium
  • Presenting their original work in the state finals event
  • Cash prizes for top three submissions of each medium

Teachers and administrators may begin submitting nominations starting November 1 but using the form below.

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Matt Boyce

Arts in Education Program Manager