Arts On Tour

The Arts on Tour roster lists a broad spectrum of Arkansas’s finest solo and ensemble performers, individual visual artists and prepared art exhibitions ready for touring within Arkansas. The online AOT listing facilitates the booking process for arts organizations, festival and event planners, schools, civic organizations and government entities interested in contracting with the artists.

The AOT program is designed to reimburse presenters who showcase Arkansas artists listed on the roster. When an AOT artist negotiates a contract with the presenter, the Arkansas Arts Council typically will subsidize 40 percent of the cost of the event as long as funds are available.

New AOT artists are selected each year through an panel audition/interview process twice a year that involves an informal presentation and a discussion of marketing and promotional plans with panel members.

Apply For The Arts On Tour Artist Roster

Applications to join the roster are currently CLOSED but will reopen this fall, 2024.

To be eligible for the Arts on Tour Program, a performing or visual artist must: 

  • Maintain a primary residency in Arkansas, or must have an Arkansas based contact.
  • Have presented concerts, exhibitions, programs or lecture-demonstrations in locations away from their home location at least twice in the previous year. Exhibitions must have been presented in a formal gallery space.

The Arkansas Arts Council reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of the scope or nature of the presentation proposed by a selected Arts on Tour artist and retains the right to determine the suitability of an AOT artist to remain on the roster once they have been selected.

Arts on Tour Artist Roster application forms should be submitted online by completing the form linked below. You will receive an email confirmation when we have received your online submission.

New Arts on Tour artists are selected each year through an audition/interview process that involves an informal presentation and a discussion of marketing and promotions plans with panel members. Interviews and performances will be held in person. Applicants will demonstrate their programming with a 10 minute or less presentation/performance to panelists. Each applicant must provide their own equipment for demonstration and be able to set up in a timely manner.


Charles Everett Pace
Southwest Theater: Single Actor Portrayals/Performance Poetry
Arkansas Arts Council
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1923 W. Third St, Texarkana, Arkansas, 75501-6566
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Charles Everett Pace

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Charles Everett Pace is a full-time national Chautauqua scholar residing in Texarkana who presents solo interpretations of the historical and literary characters Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Malcolm X. Thematically, his body of work tells the story of how African-American leaders during the last 190 years overcame many barriers of race, caste, class, and gender. As in his Civil War program on Douglass highlighting the character's personal and political relationship with President Abraham Lincoln, Pace's shows, seminars, and workshops are about creativity and leadership--the American quest for democracy. He shows how each historical activist overcame obstacles by seizing the opportunity to develop and fulfill his own creative promise. After each performance, audience members are invited to pose challenging questions to the character; then, Pace "breaks character" and responds to questions as the scholar-artist, encouraging the audience members to tap into their own "inner creative calling." In a full residency, Pace's "lived creative curriculum" reveals the idea of a creative template, and takes students through the steps to find, focus, follow, and fulfill their individual creative promise.

To set up an engagement, please contact Charles by email first.

$950-$5,000; travel expenses; lodging for at least two nights.
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