The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is accepting applications for its Individual Artist Fellowships. Applications are available at www.arkansasarts.org. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.

The Individual Artist Fellowships annually recognize individual artistic ability and creative excellence to encourage the continuing artistic development of the selected recipients. To be eligible for a fellowship, an artist must be at least 25 years old and must have been an Arkansas resident for at least one year at the time of application. Recipients are selected by a panel of arts professionals.

“Investing in and retaining talented Arkansas artists is an investment in our state’s creative economy,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. “Through its fellowship program, the Arkansas Arts Council is fulfilling a part of its mission to encourage literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. I encourage all eligible artists to apply.”

Up to nine Individual Artist Fellowships worth $4,000 each will be awarded to artists in the following categories:

Literary Arts – Poetry

Performing Arts – Music Composition (Folk/Gospel/Jazz/Pop)

Visual Arts – Painting (Paintings may include work on canvas, panel, or board, but not on paper.)

For more information, call Robin McClea at (501) 324-9348 or e-mail robinm@arkansasheritage.org.  

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