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Nominations Open for 2019 Living Treasure Award

Arkansas Arts Council - Monday, September 17, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Arkansas Living Treasure Award.

The Living Treasure program recognizes an Arkansas artist who excels in the creation of a traditional craft and who preserves and advances his or her craft through community outreach and by teaching others. Nominations for next year’s Living Treasure will be accepted until Nov. 16.

“Arkansas artists who dedicate their lives to working in and educating others about traditional crafts and folk arts are vitally important keepers of our Arkansas heritage," said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. "The Arkansas Living Treasure award acknowledges both achievement and a dedication to our state’s culture, and I look forward to receiving this year’s nominations.”

Patrick Ralston, executive director of the Arts Council, agreed.

“Preserving our state’s traditional crafts and recognizing their importance to our culture is essential to building and maintaining a creative economy in Arkansas,” Ralston said. “In the past, we’ve recognized artists from sculptors to luthiers. The diversity in craft and folk art in Arkansas is amazing and should be celebrated.”

An independent panel will select the recipient based on quality of work, contributions to traditional crafts fields and efforts in community. The awardee will be honored during a ceremony in May as part of Arkansas Heritage Month.

Nominees must be an Arkansas resident who has lived in the state at least one year prior to being nominated. A list of criteria is available at arkansasarts.org. A nomination form is available here: Nominate an Artist.

For more information, contact Robin McClea at 501-324-9348 or [email protected]

About the Arkansas Arts Council

The Arkansas Arts Council advances the arts in Arkansas by providing services and supporting arts endeavors that encourage and assist literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs.

The Arkansas Arts Council is division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts.