The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting applications from teaching artists who would like to join the Arts in Education Artist Roster. Performing, literary or visual artists who are interested in working with teachers and students in schools or after-school/summer programs are encouraged to apply. Applications to join the roster are available at, or by calling (501) 324-9766. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 8.

The Arts in Education program Artist Roster is an online list of artists who are available for participation in the Arts in Education (AIE) residency program. The AIE program places professional artists in Arkansas schools and non-profit community organizations to work directly with teachers and students, to demonstrate their art forms and share their ideas, creativity and talents.

A professional spoken word artist, playwright and author, Chris James, of North Little Rock, has been on the Arts in Education Artist Roster since 2009. He has worked with hundreds of students in Arkansas through his poetry and stage play residencies with schools and arts organizations. “The Arkansas Art Council is making it possible for artists like me to make a living and make a difference in the world of art and education,” James said. “Through Arkansas Art Council funding opportunities, I’ve been able to further my career as a teaching artist and expose more students to a new world of spoken word and creative writing.”

For more information, contact Cynthia Haas at (501) 324-9769 or e-mail

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 Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and theNational Endowment for the Arts.