Arkansas Living Treasure Award

The Arkansas Living Treasure program annually recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who actively preserves and advances his or her craft through community outreach and educating others.

An independent panel of practicing craft artists and professionals in the fields of craft and folk art selects the recipient based on the following criteria: quality of work, community outreach and total contribution to the field of traditional crafts. The awardee is honored at a ceremony in May during Arkansas Heritage Month.

In 2013, the Arkansas Arts Council and Historic Arkansas Museum collaborated to produce a series of short films that celebrate the lives and work of each Arkansas Living Treasure recipient. Click HERE to view the documentaries featured in the Arkansas Living Treasure Film Project.

The program was modeled upon the National Living Treasure Award presented by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Museum of World Cultures. An internationally recognized bladesmith from Arkansas named Jerry Fisk received the National Living Treasure award in 1999 and suggested to the Department of Arkansas Heritage that Arkansas establish a similar program. Thus, the Arkansas Living Treasure program was born in 2002. In 2019, the Arkansas Arts Council awarded Jerry Fisk as an Honorary Arkansas Living Treasure.

For more information on the Arkansas Living Treasure program, contact Robin McClea.