GetSmArt! Workshops

Our GetSmART! Learning Series offers professional development opportunities to artists of all kinds. 



Oct. 20,2020

Janis Kearney

First Steps: The basics of good writing

Come learn the art of writing from well-known author and publisher Janis F. Kearney during this free virtual workshop!

This workshop, for new or emerging writers, will include both lecture and interactive writing sessions. Attendees will gain information about first steps to getting started on their first novel or creative nonfiction piece. The session will include an interactive critiquing session and will end with a Question & Answer and evaluation session.

During the workshop, participants can work with Kearney, get reviews and recommendations and find ways to bring their manuscripts to life.

Kearney is a writer, publisher, journalist and instructor. She was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2016.She has penned several books and founded a publishing company, called Writing our World Publishing, or “Wow! Publishing.”

Kearney served eight years in the Clinton Presidency as a Whitehouse media affairs specialist, then as the director of public communications for the U.S. Small Business Administration. She served the last five years of Clinton’s presidency as the personal diarist to President Clinton.


Online Only

Event Date & Time: Oct. 20 • 10 a.m. - noon  
Registration deadline: Oct. 20
Cost: Free
Limit of participants: 100
Contact: Janet Perkins




Sept. 23, 2020 


Build an Effective Board for Your Organization

FREE Online Webinar


The Arkansas Arts Council will host a new GetSmART! webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, to help Brenda Mauldinexecutive directors and board chairs of nonprofit organizations learn to build and maintain an effective board. 

Brenda Mauldin, owner of Brenda Long Mauldin Grant Writing & Development Consulting, will lead the two-hour, online workshop, “Build an Effective Board for Your Organization.” The webinar is free, but registration is required. Attendance is limited to 100 registrants.

Participants will learn how to develop a workable process to recruit new board members and to maintain a pipeline of strong, potential candidates for the future. Learn how to analyze and target what skills are needed for an effective board and how to incorporate diversity among board members. Nonprofit organizations can use these techniques to help fund and support their missions.

Mauldin will share information on the following:

  • Board responsibilities
  • Basic recruitment tips
  • The importance of board training
  • The board’s role in fundraising
  • Board evaluation

Mauldin has more than 25 years of fundraising experience in Central Arkansas. She has worked for a variety of organizations and has helped secure funding for the arts, youth, hospice programs and more. She has firsthand experience in nonprofit management, administration, strategic planning, volunteer management, board development and fundraising. Mauldin, who currently lives in Benton, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Registration for the webinar is free and available at GetSmART! Learning Series offers affordable or free workshops that cover art-related and professional-development topics for artists and nonprofit organizations.



Free Online Webinar


Event Date & Time: Sept. 23 • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Registration deadline: Open                                 
Cost: Free 
100 Seat Limit on Participants                  
Contact: Janet Perkins