Whether your medium is painting, knitting, sewing, sculpting, dancing, drumming, or strumming, there’s a place in Arkansas that suits you just fine! The Natural State is full of creativity, and these particular towns offer artists and those with creative minds plenty of outlets to hone their talent.
Monticello's residents seek to preserve the town's cultural heritage by establishing a series of museums that focus on the area's history, and locations such as the Guachoya Cultural Art Center (the name taken from Monticello's original name at the time of De Soto's visit) feature rotating displays of artistic exhibits. Tickled Pink Painting is a gallery named for the town's heritage and the color pink - the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival is held in Monticello annually.
11. Mountain View
The Ozark Folk Center State Park is located in Mountain View and preserves Ozark Mountain heritage through music, food, & crafts. The Arkansas Craft Guild and Gallery is also located here and features traditional and contemporary art and fine crafts of juried Guild members from across the state. The Guild also sponsors a Christmas Showcase the first weekend in December at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
The Harrison Art League sponsors the Blue Sky Art Festival, now in its fourth year and to be held on September 12th in the Court House Square in Harrison. The Ozark Arts Council is also based in Harrison and holds a variety of events throughout the year.
9. Hot Springs
An assortment of museums, art galleries, music festivals, and film festivals make Hot Springs a hotbed for artistic residents and creative citizens. In addition to numerous boutiques, shops, and galleries featuring arts and crafts year round, the Hot Springs Music Festival takes place every June and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is upcoming in October.
Jonesboro's Gallery 451 provides a great outlet for high quality original artwork from various artists. The Foundation of Arts is located in Jonesboro and serves the entire northeast Arkansas area as well as part of southeast Missouri. The Foundation offers education and instruction for adults and children in the Arts Center facility. Classes are offered in visual arts, acting and stage craft, voice, and dance including ballet, jazz, and tap.
7. Little Rock
The capital city's arts and culture scene is definitely alive. Art enthusiasts can enjoy the public art displays, live music, and shows at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Creative personalities can spend a day browsing the Arkansas Arts Center or make reservations to see a performance by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. If you're looking for a less expensive way to enjoy the city's artistic culture, take a walk through historic neighborhoods such as the Quapaw Quarter.
6. North Little Rock
The Argenta Arts District is the heart and soul of creativity in North Little Rock. The local organization produces art and cultural events for the area, and the Argenta district itself is filled with artist studios, art galleries, and a community theater.
5. Siloam Springs
With locations such as the Local Flair Art Gallery or the Sager Creek Arts Center for locals to brush up on culture, Siloam Springs has become a haven for artists and musicians. The town will also host the 47th annual Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival this October with six circus-sized tents of artistic exhibits.
Fayetteville has a wealth of artistic resources for creative residents. With such extraordinary talent seen in the work of local artist Matt Miller, getting out and looking at work on display from galleries such as The Speckled Pig, having a look at what the Art Amiss organization is featuring, or taking a trip to the University of Arkansas's student art gallery (sUgAR), residents don't have to go far to satisfy their creative tastes.
Helena is well known for the King Biscuit Blues Festival, an annual event held every Columbus Day that draws tens of thousands of blues music enthusiasts. The festival was started in 1986 under the guidance of the "Main Street Helena" organization. The program's purpose is to revitalize Helena's downtown area and educate local citizens on the rich artistic and cultural history of the Mississisppi River port city.
The Conway Alliance for the Arts remains a very active organization and Conway ArtsFest has an upcoming event on October 3rd featuring booths of local artwork. The city also boasts the nationally recognized gallery Art on the Green, a gathering of local artists whose works are featured on a three-month rotating display. Art lovers can enjoy a cup of coffee here while perusing the creations of local talent.
1. Eureka Springs
A vibrant and unique community, Eureka Springs is full of locations that encourage artistic expression. In addition to being home to the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, the town has numerous galleries such as the Wilson & Wilson Folkart Gallery as well as Studio 62 to show off local talent.
Never let it be said that Arkansas doesn’t have a lively culture of creativity! Many Natural State natives take the arts seriously and make sure that there’s always a gallery or festival to display local works created by great minds.