Arkansas schools are fortunate to have a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations that are committed to providing quality arts experiences for students. Many community arts organizations offer performances, exhibits, field trips and hands-on experiences for students, artist residencies in the schools, and professional development for teachers. The Arkansas Arts Council maintains the Artists in Education roster, a listing of professional performers and visual or literary artists who are available to participate in a variety of Arts in Education programs. Information about the Arts in Education program may be found here: http://www.arkansasarts.org/Grants/Available-Grants/Arts-in-Education/Arts-in-Education-Artist-Roster/roster.
Arkansas educators are encouraged to reach out to community arts organizations to take advantage of educational offerings and create partnerships that promote arts education. Attached is a document that contains a description and contact information for a sampling of Arkansas’s important arts and cultural organizations. Included are the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Blackbird Academy of Arts, Center on the Square, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, DeltaARTS, Eureka Springs School of Art, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Ozark Folk Center, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Trike Theatre, Walton Arts Center, and Wildwood Park for the Arts.
Many other organizations around the state provide quality arts experiences as well. For information about other organizations or to discuss partnership opportunities, contact Lana Hallmark, Fine Arts Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education, at 501-682-7590 or email@example.com.