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4.29.2021

Arkansans for the Arts score legislative win to train on arts advocacy and survey creative assets statewide

by
Kody Ford

Arkansans for the Arts (ARftA) recently celebrated the passage of Act 577, which establishes the Arkansas Legislative Arts and Technology Boot Camp. Act 577 will expand the creative economy, increase revenue and grow, retain, retrain and attract talent for Arkansas by:

  • Developing an inventory and maintaining a database of existing art, art-based technology and cultural assets.
  • Identifying opportunities and stimulating new partnerships to create, strengthen and expand the intersection of art and technology to drive the creative economy.
  • Conducting Boot Camp working groups throughout the state with the target of at least one in each of the eight arts and economic development planning districts.


The Boot Camps will be comprised of eight senators, eight representatives, leaders in the Arkansas Legislative Caucus, directors and staff of the ARftA Creative Economy Team, leaders in the fields of art, technology, education, business, economic development and individual creators from various creative industries. ARftA will develop district and community profiles of existing assets and opportunities as collected through research and results of each Boot Camp.

A final report with recommendations and observations will be presented at the end of the project to:

  • The Governor
  • Legislature
  • Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Arkansas Planning and Development Districts
  • Department of Heritage, Parks and Tourism
  • Other relevant state agencies

The report will also be available to arts organizations, educators, workforce and career technical entities, municipal leaders and the public-at-large.

About Arkansans for the Arts

Founded in 2014, ARftA's mission is to advance the arts, arts education, and the creative economy in Arkansas. ARftA's purpose is to serve the people of Arkansas as an independent statewide organization providing leadership focused on the promotion and advancement of the creative economy, on transforming policy in arts education, and uniting the state into one voice with a call to action by policy makers to increase investment in the arts.

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