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.


Houston Hughes
Northwest Theater: Single Actor Portrayals/Performance Poetry
Arkansas Arts Council
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888 W. Lawson St., Apt 1G, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72703-1716
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Houston Hughes is a performance poet whose work covers comedy, drama, tragedy, storytelling, and political commentary, all expertly worded and performed with a tremendous stage-presence which lends his words even more power. Hughes was introduced to poetry slam in 2006, and by 2010 had made finals stage at the Individual World Poetry Slam, placing him among the top 12 performance poets in the world. In 2012, Hughes helped lead the team that put on that years wildly successful Individual World Poetry Slam, bringing it to Arkansas for the first time ever. The following year. he was asked to be part of the prestigious TEDx program, and gave a talk on storytelling at Hendrix College. Hughes often collaborates with others, and has produced stage works with musicians, dancers, culinary artists, burlesque groups, and more. He has toured across the country, and opened for a variety nationally known acts such as Saul Williams and Otep. He currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he serves as co-host of the informational-variety radio program The All You Need To Know Show, and as slam master and emcee for the poetry slam and variety show Last Saturday Fayetteville. Programs can be tailored to fit your unique needs, and include anything from hour-plus featured performances, facilitating writing and performance workshops, hosting or emceeing events, integrating poetry with live music, and more. In-school programs for grade school groups may have a heavy emphasis in initiating creative writing, encouraging students to work from writing prompts such as pictures and songs, as well as encouraging writing in the style of a given author such as Dr. Seuss or Lewis Carroll. Programs for middle schools might focus on writing originality, as well as reading and oral presentation skills. Programs for high school or adults often focus heavily on public speaking and presentation, as well as the finer points of poetry writing. For many academic settings, the best option may be a multi-day program, teaching students the history of spoken poetry, exposing them to modern poetry, encouraging them to write their own pieces, and finishing with a performance of their own work for their peers.
PA system and at least one microphone, non-wireless, if presentation in large room.
$250-$450 / one day of sessions $350-$600 / 2-3 days of sessions $550-$700 / 4-5 days of sessions Fee range is depended upon length of session, size of classes, outside material required, and distance from Fayetteville; accommodations and food per diem for multi-day sessions.
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