Last month, the Buffalo National River Park Service announced the first artist in its revamped artist-in-residence program. Samuel Binns, a poet in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Arkansas, will contribute artwork and creative projects in exchange for three weeks of housing at the park in Jasper.
A new regional arts service organization is launching in Northwest Arkansas. It will be developed by the Northwest Arkansas Council and has backing from the Walton Family Foundation. While the organization doesn’t have a name, it does have an executive director. We speak with Allyson Esposito about her new position.
To assess the region's art and culture ecosystem, the Walton Family Foundation commissioned a study from SMU DataArts. According to the report, Northwest Arkansas’ arts community has offerings for nearly every audience and with the growth of internationally-recognized museums and other cultural amenities, the region is becoming more competitive with other American arts capitals.
This month, the Arkansas Arts Council named Fayetteville sculptor Hank Kaminsky its 2018 Arkansas Living Treasure. The program annually recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves that craft through community outreach and education.