Monday, September 10, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Update - September 10, 2012

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One week from Destination Downtown.  It’s time to register!  Don’t forget the Tuesday, $50 registration for those who can’t take three days off work.

Main Street Arkansas Calendar –September 10 – 14, 2012 
MONDAY                             Nancy – off
THURSDAY                        Sam – Jonesboro; Nancy & Patricia - Helena
FRIDAY                                Cary – El Dorado


Hotel Planned for Downtown El Dorado
Neighborhood Revitalization & the Business District
Arts in Education Mini-Grant
Cemetery Preservation Workshop
America’s Best Farmers’ Markets (includes AR listings)

Hotel Planned for Downtown El Dorado

Neighborhood Revitalization & the Business District

Arts in Education Mini-Grant
The Arkansas Arts Council is offering pre-K-12 schools and community organizations an opportunity to participate in the Arts in Education (AIE) Mini Grant program. This program provides funding to bring artists listed on the AIE Roster into the classroom or into an after-school or summer program to present a hands-on, curriculum-based or character-centered artist residency program that can last up to 10 days.

Applications are available at for residencies occurring between Oct. 1, 2012, and August 31, 2013.
The Arts in Education Mini Grant program will also allow schools and organizations the opportunity to present a professional development workshop for educators in curriculum-based arts activities either in conjunction with, or instead of, an artist residency. Applicants may receive a maximum of $2,000, using established AIE program rates for artist fees, travel, meals, lodging and supplies.

Applicants must show a 1:1 match of cash and/or in-kind contributions. All Arkansas schools and community organizations will be able to apply. Schools and organizations in rural and underserved communities that have not had access to one of the Art Council’s AIE grant programs are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact Cynthia Haas, Arts in Education program manager, at 501-324-9769 or

No-Cost Cemetery Preservation Workshop
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will host a Cemetery Preservation workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the historic Bellwood Cemetery in Pine Bluff.
       The free workshop will include hands-on training by Norton Arts on how to clean, re-set and repair tombstones, as well as instructions on cemetery maintenance, suitable cleaning products and proper techniques to use. It will be held at Bellwood Cemetery at 2122 West Pullen Street in Pine Bluff.
       Registration for the workshop is limited to the first 40 people to sign up. To register, contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9880, write her at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail message to her at

Arkansas’s Best Farmer’s Markets
Fayetteville placed #1 in the country!  Eureka Springs is also highlighted as is Jonesboro/ASU