In memory of Sally A. Williams, who served as the Arkansas Arts Council’s Artist Services Manager for 25 years before her passing on April 20, 2010, the Arkansas Arts Council established the Sally A. Williams Artist Fund to assist Arkansas artists with their professional development.

Sally was a visual artist who expressed this in both her personal and professional life. During her time at the Arts Council, she managed programs for individual artists, championed the Individual Artist Fellowship program for visual, literary and performing artists as well as public art, and developed the Arkansas Artist Registry.

Funding for this program includes donations from Sally’s family and friends, proceeds from the sale of her artwork following her death and Arts Council funding. The Arts Council introduced the first round of grants in October 2011 to celebrate Sally's birth month.

If you would like to actively participate in helping Arkansas artists achieve excellence in their professional careers, please consider donating to this fund. 

The fund provides artist assistance grants of up to $500 to Arkansas artists in the literary, performing and visual arts fields. Projects may include:

  • Registration or travel to a conference, retreat, symposium or workshop that will enhance the professional work of the recipient
  • Consulting fees for establishing or growing the recipient’s art-related business, e.g. marketing or business plan.

Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.