LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Heritage presented Public Art Grant checks in a ceremony at their headquarters in Little Rock on Friday, March 11, 2022. $42,035 in grant funding was distributed to communities across the state.
2021-2022 Public Art Grant recipients are:
• Main Street Batesville - Batesville History: Made in the Shade, $3,511
• Conway Downtown Partnership - Tiny Toads Tour, $10,000
• Main Street Dumas - Main Street Dumas Mural, $5,000
• Main Street West Memphis - Legendary Soul, $5,000
• Five Rivers Historical Preservation, Inc. - Public Art Grant, $5,000
• Wynne Downtown Revitalization - From One Mural Comes Many..., $1,150
• Downtown Little Rock Partnership - Best Park Stairwell Mural, $5,000
• Main Street Osceola, Inc. - Sons of Seals, $7,374
The Public Art Grant Program assists communities that participate in the Main Street Arkansas program in the planning and implementation (including purchasing and commissioning works of art) of art in places viewable by the public within the Main Street district and on gateways to Main Street districts. Projects must be new, site specific, public art and not memorial statues or works of religious nature. The artworks can include, but are not limited to, murals and tile work, paintings and drawings (of permanent nature), and sculpture. The artwork must be freely visible and accessible to the public for at least two years. After installation of public art, applicant will be required to coordinate an unveiling event with Arkansas Heritage.
More on this grant program can be found at https://bit.lv/3J6mvtm and questions concerning this program should be directed to Debra Fithen, Arkansas Heritage Grants Manager, at 501-324- 9150 or debra.fithen^arkansas. gov.
Arkansas Heritage was created in 1975. There are eight agencies with unique heritage focuses under the umbrella of this division: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Jimmy Bryant serves as director of the division while Stacy Hurst is the secretary of the department.