Arkansas Arts Council Promotes Grants, Workshops for Artists

Arkansas Arts Council - Thursday, October 04, 2018 2018 - Thursday, October 04, 2018 Storyline - Thursday, October 04, 2018

Arts in Education Mini Grant Recipient Jorge VillegasFrom mini-grants to individual awards, opportunities for local artists abound at the Arkansas Arts Council.

The Council is taking applications for the Arts on Tour Roster until Oct. 19 and taking nominations for the 2019 Living Treasure Award until Nov. 16. Meanwhile, the Arts in Education Mini-grant Programs are accepting applications on a rolling basis until money runs out.

The Mini-Grant Program is meant to ensure arts are an integral part of the educational process and enrich the lives of adults and children of all experience levels and abilities. As of Oct. 2, the Council has approved about 17 mini-grants.

The Arts on Tour Roster lists the state’s best solo and group performers, visual artists, entertainers and exhibits available for touring within Arkansas. An independent panel chooses artists for the roster through an application, audition and interview process.

Nominations also are open for the 2019 Arkansas Living Treasure Award until Nov. 16. The award recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves and advances his or her craft through community outreach and by teaching others.

Meanwhile, the Arts Council has reached out to teachers statewide to encourage and enhance its Poetry Out Loud program, which is a joint project with the National Endowment for the Arts. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, according to the Endowment web site.

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