Libraries to receive $ 25,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Libraries received a grant of $ 25,000 through the Grants for artistic projects, which will support the Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts Community Fellowship Program.

Arkansas folk and traditional arts is a statewide library outreach program at the University of Arkansas. This project will provide free training across the state focused on equipping and empowering Arkansas communities to document, present and support their traditional culture and arts.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to envision a return to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts re-engage. fully with their partners and their audience. Said Ann Eilers, Interim President of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Although the arts have supported a lot during the pandemic, the chance to come together and share artistic experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

Arkansas folk and traditional arts Community scholarship program will be modeled after the long-standing and successful Kentucky Arts Council training of the same name.

Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts will host three trainings throughout the project year in different geographic regions of Arkansas in partnership with host organizations and / or individuals. Each training will consist of five sessions designed to introduce folklore and folk art, teach oral history and field skills, and provide examples of how communities can archive or present their research.

“NEA’s support will help us develop a network of community academics across the state who are aligned with our own mission to document, present and support Arkansas’ rich cultural heritage,” said Virginia Siegel, Coordinator Arkansas folk and traditional arts. “Community researchers are already the experts in their communities and we hope this program will provide resources to strengthen the toolkits of these experts. “

About Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts: AFTA is a statewide folk arts program at the University of Arkansas libraries dedicated to building cross-cultural understanding by documenting, showcasing and supporting traditional living arts and cultural heritage of Arkansas. AFTA is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and works in partnership with organizations and individuals, including the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the Arkansas State University.

About university libraries: Located in the heart of the campus, the David W. Mullins Library is the university’s primary research library. Supporting libraries include the Chemistry and Biochemistry Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Physics Library, and the Robert A. and Vivian Young Law Library. Libraries provide access to more than 3.1 million volumes and more than 180,000 journals and offer research support, study spaces, computer labs with printing and scanning, lending and delivery services between libraries, as well as exhibitions and cultural events. The special collections division of libraries acquires, preserves and provides access to material about Arkansas and the region, its customs and people, and its cultural, physical and political climate. Visit the libraries website at for more information on services and collections.

About the University of Arkansas:The University of Arkansas offers internationally competitive education to undergraduate and graduate students in over 200 college programs.

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