Arkansas Arts Council

Arkansas Arts Council We are an agency of Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. We provide grants, technical assistance and programs for artists and arts organizations in Arkansas.
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www.arkansasarts.org.

Mission: Our mission is to advance and empower the arts for the benefit of all Arkansans.

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Meet artist Vallejo Lee, who will discuss his inspiration and methods during our next Arts on Arkansas with Drekkia Morn...
09/30/2020
Meet Vallejo L - Voyage Dallas Magazine | Dallas City Guide

Meet artist Vallejo Lee, who will discuss his inspiration and methods during our next Arts on Arkansas with Drekkia Morning, our Arts in Education Programs manager. Join Drekkia Writes and Vallejo at 1 p.m. this Wednesday on our main page.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vallejo L. Vallejo, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I was an art student attending the University of Central Arkansas that unfortunately dropped out. I had the mindset “just ...

Our guest for ARTalks at 1 p.m. this Thursday will be Kathy Liao, an artist and expert on Artist INC with Mid-America Ar...
09/29/2020
About — Kathy Liao

Our guest for ARTalks at 1 p.m. this Thursday will be Kathy Liao, an artist and expert on Artist INC with Mid-America Arts Alliance. Come learn about Kathy and the professional development program for artists!

Drawing inspirations from her diverse cultural background and personal history, Kathy Liao mixed media work is about the intimate yet universal concept of relationships.

Grants are available for public art.Deadline: Thursday, November 5, 2020Project Duration: Project should be completed wi...
09/29/2020

Grants are available for public art.
Deadline: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Project Duration: Project should be completed within 12 months of award notification.
Maximum Award: $10,000
Match Ratio: 1:1 cash match

09/29/2020
ARTalks

Check out this clip from this past Thursday's ARTalks! Chaney Jewell, curator for the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, talks about exhibits, including the 2020 Small Works on Paper, during our weekly livestream. SWOP will be at the Center through Oct. 24. Next up, join Director Patrick Ralston at 1 p.m. next Thursday on Facebook for a livestream discussion with Kathy Liao, Artist INC Program specialist with Mid-America Arts Alliance. Come learn about the arts across Arkansas and learn what we've been up to! #authenticarkansas #artmatters #arkansasarts

Attention writers! The University of Central Arkansas College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host ...
09/28/2020
News – UCA TO HOST PUBLIC LECTURE WITH AUTHOR, MUSICIAN AJA GABEL

Attention writers! The University of Central Arkansas College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host artist-in-residence Aja Gabel on Tuesday, Sept. 2 via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The University of Central Arkansas College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host artist-in-residence Aja Gabel for three events on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Events will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Help us celebrate the 2020 Arkansas Living Treasure, Michael Warrick, during a special, virtual event at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 v...
09/28/2020

Help us celebrate the 2020 Arkansas Living Treasure, Michael Warrick, during a special, virtual event at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 via our page. Learn about Mr. Warrick and how important the Arkansas Living Treasure award is for contributing to Arkansas creative economy and ongoing talent. Join us to hear special speeches by @govasahutchinson and @sjhurst @yourarheritage

#ArtMatters #ArtTherapy 🎨 What have you created today? #KeepCreating 🎨
09/26/2020

#ArtMatters #ArtTherapy 🎨 What have you created today? #KeepCreating 🎨

Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will hold Conway ArtsFest virtually from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3.
09/26/2020
Conway Alliance for the Arts holds 14th annual Conway ArtsFest online

Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will hold Conway ArtsFest virtually from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3.

Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will hold Conway ArtsFest virtually from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. The theme is “We Create Conway” and though hosting an in-person event for

Are you an artist in need? #ArtMatters
09/26/2020
Artist Relief

Are you an artist in need? #ArtMatters

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.  Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financ...

Keep being inspired, #KeepCreating. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Tourism)
09/25/2020

Keep being inspired, #KeepCreating. (Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Tourism)

A new film series with panel discussions starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday with a showing of "13th!" Future films/panel dis...
09/25/2020
Black Representation Matters: New Film Series Begins Saturday

A new film series with panel discussions starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday with a showing of "13th!" Future films/panel discussions in the series include:
October 2: "Dreamland: Little Rock’s West 9th Street" (Mayhan, 2018)
October 16: "The Watermelon Woman" (Dunye, 1997)
October 23: "I Am Not Your Negro" (Peck, 2016)
November 6: "Moonlight" (Jenkins, 2016)

Five films by Black filmmakers to be screened via livestream in conjunction with the Let Us March On exhibition at the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College

Check it out! Studio Tours is part of Arts & the Park, a 10-day celebration of the arts, normally held each spring.  Thi...
09/25/2020
Meet the artist and see their spaces in Studio Tours

Check it out! Studio Tours is part of Arts & the Park, a 10-day celebration of the arts, normally held each spring. This year, the event was rescheduled for Sept. 25 through Oct. 4.

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Ark. — A special Arts & The Park event will be giving art patrons a chance at a first hand look into the artmaking process. Studio Tours, which is sponsored by …

Make sure to join us for a virtual event that honors all our 2020 Fellows at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 via Facebook Live. Congratul...
09/24/2020
Arkansas Arts Council Honors ATU Faculty Member | Arkansas Tech University

Make sure to join us for a virtual event that honors all our 2020 Fellows at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 via Facebook Live. Congratulations to all the winners! Arkansas Tech University

University Arkansas Arts Council Honors ATU Faculty Member September 22, 2020 Image of Jasmine Greer Jasmine Greer, associate professor of art at Arkansas Tech University, has earned an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council. According to information provided by the Arkansas Art...

09/24/2020
Artists 360

Mid-America Arts Alliance's Cory Imig talks about the Artists 360 program in Northwest Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas artists can learn more about this professional development and grant program in a session at 1 p.m. Oct. 3. https://artists360.art/events/

Cory Imig speaks to Good Day NWA about the Artists 360 grant program. Applications are due October 16! Spread the word!

09/24/2020

It’s ARTalks!

Participating in the U.S. Census impacts the arts nationwide and in Arkansas. The Census determines federal spending. Fo...
09/24/2020

Participating in the U.S. Census impacts the arts nationwide and in Arkansas. The Census determines federal spending. For example, about 40 percent of the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts is allotted for state arts agencies on a per capita basis. #fundthearts #ArtMatters #Census2020 #historymatters #authenticarkansas (Photos courtesy of the @arkansas_state_archives of Ashley County, Census of 1880; Lafeyette County, Census of 1880; 1910 Census) Visit my2020census.gov by Sept. 30 and fill out your Census.

Happening Sept. 29. From the article: “Detrixhe’s beautiful work subtly calls our attention to the tension between the b...
09/23/2020
News – UCA TO HOST PUBLIC LECTURE WITH ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE RENA DETRIXHE

Happening Sept. 29. From the article: “Detrixhe’s beautiful work subtly calls our attention to the tension between the beauty of nature and the peril of human impact on the landscape,” said Gayle Seymour, associate dean of CAHSS and lead organizer of UCA’s Suffrage Centennial. “You won’t want to miss her inspiring lecture.”

The University of Central Arkansas’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) will host a public lecture with artist-in-residence Rena Detrixhe via Zoom and Facebook Live on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 1:40-2:30 p.m.

From the article: “We’re always interested in telling untold stories,” notes (MTCC Director Christina) Shutt. “We looked...
09/23/2020
Ed Drew

From the article: “We’re always interested in telling untold stories,” notes (MTCC Director Christina) Shutt. “We looked, and it didn’t seem like a lot of people had done exhibits focused on African-American veterans and their experiences. The unique way in which Ed documents through tintype felt unique and interesting, and we wanted to bring that to Arkansas, to the people in the region, to give them an opportunity to learn a little bit about the way these vets have continued to have an impact on the state.” Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / ArkansasOnline.com Lara Jo Hightower

Artist Ed Drew’s life has covered significant ground. He grew up in Brooklyn, was deployed to Japan while in the Air Force, went to art school in San Francisco, joined the California Air National Guard and was deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan as a helicopter aerial gunner with a Uni...

IRL! See the 2020 Small Works on Paper.
09/22/2020
Small Works on Paper Exhibition Opens Sept. 24 at ASC

IRL! See the 2020 Small Works on Paper.

PINE BLUFF — The 2020 Small Works on Paper, an annual touring visual arts exhibition that showcases the work of Arkansas artists, will openat 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff.

Don't forget to register for this free webinar! Make sure your nonprofit is successful. Build an Effective Board for You...
09/22/2020
New Webinar Helps Nonprofit Directors and Boards

Don't forget to register for this free webinar! Make sure your nonprofit is successful. Build an Effective Board for Your Organization

The Arkansas Arts Council will host a new GetSmART! webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, to help executive directors and board chairs of nonprofit organizations learn to build and maintain an effective board.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced recently its support for the 20th National Book Festival, which is Sept. 2...
09/21/2020
National Endowment for the Arts to Support 20th National Book Festival, September 25-27, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts announced recently its support for the 20th National Book Festival, which is Sept. 25-27. National Endowment for the Arts The Library of Congress

Washington, DC—As the Library of Congress celebrates the 20th National Book Festival, held online September 25-27, the National Endowment for the Arts will once again sponsor the Poetry & Prose Stage, featuring United States Poets Laureate, NEA Literature Fellows, an

Learn the art of writing with Janis Kearney!
09/20/2020
Janis F. Kearney to Lead Writing Workshop

Learn the art of writing with Janis Kearney!

This workshop, for new or emerging writers, will include both lecture and interactive writing sessions. Attendees will gain information about first steps to getting started on their first novel or creative nonfiction piece. The session will include an interactive critiquing session and will end with...

Congratulations to all our Fellows!
09/19/2020
Arkansas Arts Council Announces 2020 Fellowships

Congratulations to all our Fellows!

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Arts Council, along with the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Individual Artist Fellowship awards.

Arts & The Park, the 10-day celebration of the arts held normally each spring in Hot Springs, has been rescheduled for S...
09/18/2020
Arts & The Park 2020 – HSACA

Arts & The Park, the 10-day celebration of the arts held normally each spring in Hot Springs, has been rescheduled for Sept. 25 – Oct. 4.. Arts & The Park is hosted by the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance as part of the organization’s mission to celebrate the arts and culture of the Hot Springs area. https://hotspringsarts.org/arts-the-park-2020/

Nominate the next Arkansas Living Treasure!
09/17/2020
Nominate

Nominate the next Arkansas Living Treasure!

Arkansas abounds with culture and creativity. The arts strengthen the economy, drive tourism and business, and improve academic performance. The Arkansas Arts Council advances and empowers the arts by providing services and funding for programming that encourages and assists literary, performing and...

We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas
09/17/2020
We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas

We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas

We will unveil our new exhibition, “We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, during a livestream, virtual event on our page.

09/17/2020

It’s 1 PM Thursday, so it must be ARTalks, with Arts Council Director Patrick Ralston.

Remember to sign up for our free webinar with Brenda Mauldin. Get the tools your nonprofit needs to succeed! Mauldin wil...
09/17/2020
New Webinar Helps Nonprofit Directors and Boards

Remember to sign up for our free webinar with Brenda Mauldin. Get the tools your nonprofit needs to succeed!

Mauldin will share information on the following:

Board responsibilities
Basic recruitment tips
The importance of board training
The board’s role in fundraising
Board evaluation

The Arkansas Arts Council will host a new GetSmART! webinar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, to help executive directors and board chairs of nonprofit organizations learn to build and maintain an effective board.

09/16/2020

Art on Arkansas w/ Laura Brainard Raborn

From the article: "They are accomplished people," Drew says of his subjects. "They are doctors, judges, lawyers ... It w...
09/16/2020
Faces of inclusion

From the article: "They are accomplished people," Drew says of his subjects. "They are doctors, judges, lawyers ... It was really nice to see that spectrum of accomplishment that went beyond the military." Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / ArkansasOnline.com Sean Clancy

A new exhibit, "We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas," at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center by Little Rock photographer Ed Drew, opens at 7 p.m. Thursday with a livestream virtual event on the center's page.

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Welcome to the page of the Arkansas Arts Council, where you will find updates on our grants and programs, photos, opportunities for artists and more! If you are looking for the official source of information about the Arkansas Arts Council, please visit our website at www.arkansasarts.org. While we encourage interaction, discussion, commentary and even criticism, we ask that you keep your comments and posts relevant and respectful. This is an open forum, but it’s also a family-friendly site. Please follow our posting guidelines: THE RULES • We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions, nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any arts organization. • The Arkansas Arts Council reserves the right to remove any post and ban any user that violates any of these guidelines. • We do not allow solicitations, spam or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. • The Arkansas Arts Council will not post your art-related announcement on our wall as we cannot be responsible for endorsing and promoting other organizations. However, you are welcome to post art-related announcements on our wall and you may also post it on our online opportunities and events page on our website: http://www.arkansasarts.org/opportunities/Default.aspx

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Some Fayetteville history for poets and those who love poetry. Weekly Markham Hill Moment of History – 2020 9 21 (from Friends of Markham Hill, an effort to save the mountain from development and make it a nature, wildlife, historic, and Native American preserve) Title: Rosa Marinoni and Joy Markham, Grandes Dames of Fayetteville in the 1930s-1960s A neighbor recently told me that Rosa Marinoni and Joy Markham were the grandes dames of Fayetteville in their day. A grand dame is a highly respected middle-aged to elderly woman having extensive experience in her field. Rosa’s fields were poetry, writing, and sketching, and Joy’s fields were art, horses, and love of music. How did they know each other? One way was through their children’s love of horseback riding. Rosa and Antonio Marinoni’s son Paul and his wife Mary had eight children. Paul and Mary Marinoni raised their family on the land just north of Markham Hill and south of Wedington Dr. The Marinonis were friends and neighbors to Joy Markham and Evangeline Archer who lived on Markham Hill. In the Northwest Arkansas Times, July 8, 1961 section of the paper entitled ‘This ‘N That About Town’, Mary Alice Pearson wrote: “Hilltop, home of Joy Markham, was a merry scene last Sunday afternoon when members of Northwest Arkansas Riding Club had a family picnic. Assisting Joy with all the preparations were Louise Laden, Evangeline and Laird Archer, Marjorie Budd, and Faye Biles. Many junior riders as well as senior riders arrived on horseback." "Among the guests of the club were Carol Cornett, Sharon Alexander, …, Mary and Paul Marinoni with all the little Marinonis, and …" "Drenched to the skin by a sudden deluge of rain, the riders felt like pioneers on a wagon train as they rode happily home.” We already know about Joy Pratt Markham from previous Weekly Markham Hill Moments of History. This weekly is on her fellow grand dame, Rosa Marinoni. Excerpts below are from an online article about the University of Arkansas Special Collections celebration of National Poetry Month 2019 honoring Rosa Marinoni and from the article on Rosa Marinoni in the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni was born in Bologna, Italy on January 5, 1888 and came to the United States with her parents in 1898 when she was 10. They lived in Brooklyn, New York. Her father was a journalist and drama critic. Her mother was a poet and artist. She married Antonio Marinoni in Brooklyn in July 1908 when she was 20 and moved to Fayetteville where her husband was on the faculty of the University of Arkansas (UA). He eventually became the head of the Department of the Romance Languages. Rosa and Antonio maintained their European ties and, beginning in 1922, conducted European tours for the public during the summer months. The couple had twin daughters and two sons; two of their children died as babies. During WWII, Rosa was active in the American Red Cross. After the death of her husband in 1944, she married Luigi Passarelli, also a professor in the UA’s Romance language department, in 1946. He died in 1953. In the mid-1920s Rosa began writing poems at a rapid pace and had work accepted in 60-some publications within the first two years of her career. Rosa was known in Fayetteville because she founded the University City Poetry Club in 1926 that met, often at her home Villa Rosa on West Lafayette, to discuss and promote poetry writing in the community, and which lasted forty-five years. Rosa and the community of poetry writers in Fayetteville were widely published in national and local magazine and journals, but they were also self-published and distributed their own writing within social circles. Rosa was also a founder of the Northwest Arkansas Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. With the backing of this organization and of the Arkansas Federation of Women’s Clubs, Rosa promoted a wider appreciation of poetry, working through schools, women’s organizations, newspapers, and other means. As a result of these efforts, Governor Ben Laney proclaimed October 15, 1948, the first annual Poetry Day in Arkansas. In addition to her support and encouragement of other poets, Rosa published more than 1000 short stories in seventy magazines, had poems in more than 900 publications in the United States and elsewhere, and published at least nineteen books, including collections of her poems and sketches. Coming to Arkansas as an outsider, she was an enthusiastic promoter of the cultural richness she discovered in her adopted state. Between 1956 and 1967, she published an Ozark Series, comprising The Ozarks and Some of Its People (1956), The Ozarks and Some (More) of Its People (1958), Lend Me Your Ears!: A Beakfull of Humorous Verse (1966), and Whoo-Whoo the “Howl” of the Ozarks Says: Think and Wink! (1967). The Arkansas General Assembly named Rosa poet laureate of Arkansas on March 28, 1953, and appointment she held until her death. In 1954, Rosa was named an Arkansas Traveler to be an “Ambassador of Good Will’ for the state. In 1969, Governor Winthrop Rockefeller proclaimed October 15 to be Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni Day. Rosa died March 26, 1970, but the cultural significance of her work lives on because of her commitment to creating community, advocating for the poets of Arkansas, and her publications that are still available in libraries around the state. Below are two of Rosa’s Ozark poems, inspired by the hills of Fayetteville, which include what is now called Markham Hill. * Winter Dusk in the Ozarks * Slow...silent... The snow flakes have covered the orchard. The trees droop heavily. Each branch an arched bow Straining beneath the unaccustomed burden. A crackling staccato is heard at intervals, As sap-frozen branches snap. Fluffed sparrows Huddle in close community Along a barbed wire fence Like birds strung on a spit to broil. A rabbit hops diagonally across the snow, Making shadowless half circles Above the white expanse. A woman with a brown shawl Wrapped around her shoulders, Stands in the doorway of a log cabin... A kitten in her arms. * Native * We came upon it suddenly. The sun Shone brightly on the mountain ledge. Below, Trapped in the valley where the river curled, Spread the dawn fog-an ocean white as snow, From which like islands rose the humps of hills Purple and black beneath the yellow sun. Above us drops of light from tall pine trees Dripped silently through blue space one by one. Binoculars and cameras in hand, We stood as poised between the earth and skies, Well conscious chance had led us to trespass Upon a sight not meant for mortal eyes. A mountain lad in rags, his large feet bare, Leaned to a tree. The surging pride that stills The eager lips spoke through his eyes the words: "This is My valley...these my native hills!" Photos found online. #SaveMarkhamHill #PreserveFayetteville #KeepFayettevilleForested #MarkhamHillHistory #MarkhamHillInspiredArt
My favorite medium of art has to be film, especially independent cinema. My favorite resource of supporting independent filmmakers has been Film Festival Flix, a streaming service that caters to independent film fans. So far, I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s full of curated cinematic libraries and unique perspectives. One of the things I like most about it is the fact that film festivals are transitioning onto the site. The Ashland Independent Film Festival is being housed on the site until Sunday, which is so cool since anyone in the country can attend virtually. I’ve discovered so many great films I wouldn’t have otherwise know about, such as Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack, an interesting documentary about a trailblazing artist. I think this site is an awesome way to celebrate and support independent filmmakers, let me know what you think!
Weekly Markham Hill Moment of History – 2020 5 18 (from Friends of Markham Hill, an effort to save the mountain from development and make it a nature, wildlife, historic, and Native American preserve) Title: Morning Musicale House Concerts Joy Pratt Markham and others in Fayetteville loved and supported the University-Fayetteville Symphony (under its various names). Those who supported the symphony were invited to become members of Morning Musicale, a group who gathered in different members’ homes to listen to live classical music of various kinds. Below is a sampling of newspaper articles describing the Morning Musicale house concerts from 1954 to 1980. I found no articles on the Morning Musicales after 1980. If you knew faculty or students in the Music Department at the University of Arkansas any time between 1954 and 1980, this may be a walk down memory lane. Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb 13, 1954 “Morning Musicale Is Organized, To Meet Monthly. A group of women were invited to the home of Mrs. Alfred Hathcock yesterday morning for the purpose of organizing the Morning Musicale, a branch of the UA Symphony Society. The function of the organization is to promote the development of the UA Symphony. Meetings are planned for the second Friday of each month. Marx Pales, director of the UA Symphony, met with the group.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb 22, 1954 “In order to enlarge and to improve further the orchestra, it has become necessary to gain financial support beyond the capabilities of the University budget. Dr. Marx J. Pales, conductor of the orchestra, has announced, and the Symphony Society has been formed. “ “Three types of memberships are available in the Symphony Society. Persons contributing a minimum of $15 (unreadable); business sponsors will contribute a minimum of $10, and patrons, $3.” “A group of sponsors has been formed, to be known as the Morning Musicale of the Symphony Society, who will receive the benefit of a musicale once each month during the school year. Mrs. Herbert Lewis may be contacted by persons interested in musicale membership.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Mar 16, 1954 “The Morning Musicale Group of the Symphony Society held its first meeting at the home of Mrs. Herbert Lewis Friday morning. Dr. Bruce Benward, chairman of the music department, U. of A., gave a lecture on ‘Let’s Compose’.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 13, 1954 “The Morning Musicale of the Fayetteville Symphony Society met last Friday at the home of Mrs. William F. Knowles. Mrs. Herbert Butler, cellist, was the performing artist. She was assisted by Robert B. Smith, pianist, and Herbert Butler, cellist, both members of the University music faculty.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb 14, 1955 “The Morning Musicale of the Fayetteville Symphony Society met Friday at the home of Mrs. Emil Sonneman. A musical program was given by Barbara Seagrave, violinist, and William Gant, pianist.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, March 5, 1955 “The Morning Musicale of the Fayetteville Symphony Society will have as guest soloist on March 11 William Moffat, cellist, of the University music faculty. He will be assisted by William Gant, pianist, and Marx Pales, violinist, also of the music faculty. The musicale members will meet at 9:30 am at the home of Mrs. Marius Lindloff. Mrs. Joe Bates will be co-hostess. All members of the society are invited to attend.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 12, 1955 “Mrs. L. G. Burrell was hostess Friday for the Morning Musicale of the Symphony Society. Musical entertainment was provided by the Woodwind Ensemble of the University, under the direction of Roger Widder, of the music department faculty.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, May 11, 1955 “Eight members of the University Opera Workshop will present an informal program of Lieder and operatic operas for the Friday Morning Musicale at the home of Mrs. Guy Brown, Mt. Sequoyah. Those taking part will be Neva Cram, Mary Puckett, Donna Yoe, Michael Davis, Sarah Grace Martin, Charles Anderson, Carolyn Sager, and William Orton. Accompanists will be Neva Cram, Carolyn Frith, and Signa Shoffner.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Nov 11, 1957 “Roger Widder, oboeist, was the featured soloist for the Morning Musicale program held Friday morning at the home of Mrs. John T. Caldwell. He was assisted by Bruce Benward, pianist, Marx Pales, violinist, Mrs. Widder, violist, and Herbert Butler, cellist. Mr. Widder also discussed the origin and other aspects of the oboe.” Fayetteville Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb 18, 1960 “Morning Musicale for sponsors of Fayetteville Symphony Society will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the home of Mrs. John D. Askew. Violinists John Cluff, Barbara Heinen, and Travis Cox, University students of Dr. Marx Pales, will present the program.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 17, 1962 “The University Faculty String Quartet performed last Friday morning at the home of Mrs. G. D. Nichols for the sponsors of the Fayetteville Symphony Society. They performed The American Quartet by Dvorak, The Prayer of a Bullfighter by Joaquin Turina, and the Scherzo Movement from Quartet Number Two by Mendelssohn.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 25, 1963 “The Morning Musicale of the Symphony Society will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the home of Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham. The program will be given by Jeanne Pachaly, contralto and Marjorie Brewer, pianist.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Oct 19, 1964 “Cody Garner, a new member of the voice faculty at the University, was soloist at the first Morning Musicale [of the season] of the Fayetteville Symphony Society Friday in the home of Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham. During the business session, Dr. Marx Pales, conductor of the University-Civic Orchestra, told of the orchestra’s program for the year. “The excellent support given the orchestra by the subscribers to the society,” he said, “has provided enough scholarships to attract a wide range of music students.” Miss Elizabeth Ellis, retiring society president, thanked the members for their cooperation during her six years in office. She introduced Mrs. Heyden Lewis as the new president. Mr. and Mrs. Beldon Wigglesworth were out-of-town guests.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 25, 1966 “Miss Beatriz Pilapil presented a program of Spanish music at the Fayetteville Symphony Society’s Morning Musicale Friday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Knowles. The pianist, who has recently returned from a period of music study in Spain, performed three sonatas by Soler, a group entitled “Iberia” by Albeniz, and three compositions by Granados entitled “Goyescas,”, which were inspired by the paintings of Goya. Mr. Marx Pales, conductor of the University Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, announced that the society’s membership drive would enable the group to continue to offer scholarships to maintain the high standards of the orchestra.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 22, 1968 “The University String Quartet presented the program for the Morning Musicale of the University-Fayetteville Symphony Society at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parette on Friday morning. The quartet is composed of Joseph McSpadden and Barbara Seagrave, violinists; Roy Nastasi, viola; and Jean Adams, cello; all are faculty members at the University of Arkansas. They played two movements from the Fifth Quartet by Haydn and the Quartet No. 2 by Prokofiev. Mr. McSpadden gave interesting program notes on the second number, telling how Prokofiev was influenced in its composition by folk tunes of the Caucasus region.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Nov 18, 1970 “Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham will be hostess to the Morning Musicale at her home on Markham Road Friday at 10:00 a.m. Dale Higginbotham, tenor, and Stephan Vann, violist, will present the program.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 19, 1972 “Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham will be hostess to the Symphony Society’s Morning Musicale at her home on Markham Road, Friday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. The program, which is the last one for this season, will be presented by Beverly Myer of Springfield, Mo., and Teresa Fream of Muskogee, Okla., freshmen string majors who are recipients of Symphony Society scholarships at the University of Arkansas.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 24, 1974 “The final Morning Musicale [of the season] for members of the North Arkansas Symphony Society will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the home of Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham on Markham Road. Hostesses will be Mrs. Theodor Avilahl and Mrs. Heydon Lewis. Todd Gordon, baritone and student of Maxwell Worthley, Margaret Holcombe, pianist and student of Carolyn Hickson, and Lyndall Coffield, pianist and student of John Cowell, all University of Arkansas students, will present the program.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Oct 21, 1974 “The home of Mrs. Cyrus Sutherland was the scene of the Morning Musicale of North Arkansas Symphony Society on Friday. Mrs. Lester Howick was co-hostess. Miss Elaine Cencel, mezzo soprano, assistant professor of voice, accompanied by Dale Millen, piano, assistant professor of piano, of the University of Arkansas faculty, presented the program. Selections heard were “Amour viens aider ma faiblesse!” by Saint-Saens; “Wie Sollten wir Geheim Sie Halten,” R. Strauss; “Von ewiger Liege,” Brahms; “Traume,” Wagner; and selections by Mahler. Guests were Dr. Campbell Johnson, the orchestra’s new conductor, and Mrs. Johnson, Miss Elizabeth Ellis, Mrs. Charles E. Bishop, Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham, Mrs. Victor Watts, Mrs. Roy Rom, Mrs. O. E. Foldvary, Mrs. Louise Bonner, Mrs. Heydon Lewis, president of the Society, Laird Archer, Dr. Wilma C. Sacks, Mrs. Aubrey Harvey, Mrs. Stephen Gates, Roy Nastasi, vice president; and Mrs. Robert Leflar, who presided at the coffee service.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Nov 24, 1974 “The home of Miss Beatriz Pilapil was the scene of the Morning Musicale Friday when co-hostesses were Mrs. O. E. Toldvary and Mrs. Belden Wigglesworth. Miss Pilapil, pianist, also presented the program “Concerto for Piano No. 2 in G Minor,” by Camille Saint-Saens. She was accompanied at the second piano by Charles Faulk, her graduate piano student in the University of Arkansas Music Department. Mrs. Charles E. Bishop presided at the coffee table following the program which was decorated in an Oriental motif featuring yellow chrysanthemums. Others present were Mrs. Roy James K. Patrick, Mrs. Jerome McRoy, Mrs. George R. Kernodle, Mrs. Roger Widder, Mrs. William Meldrum, Mrs. Aubrey Thomas Hayser, Roy Nastasi, Campbell Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kerr, Laird W. Archer, Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham, Mrs. Heydon Lewis, Mrs. Lester C. Howick, Mrs. Henry E. Hallin, Mrs. Frances Fish, and Mrs. Neva White.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Mar 23, 1975 “The North Arkansas Symphony Society presented a Morning Musicale Friday in the home of Mrs. George R. Kernodle. Co-hostesses were Mrs. Jerome McRoy and Mrs. William Bonner. Easter eggs and Easter rabbits decorated the tables where guests were served coffee, Hot Cross Buns, sandwiches, and fruit. Forsythia and daffodils were placed throughout the house. Mrs. Rita Knight Savage, accompanied at the piano by Don Dulzen, presented a program of vocal music, “Alelluia,” by Mozart; “I Shall Go Quietly,” by Donecker; “Shy One,” by Clark; “Aprs Uh Rive,” “Der Musensohn,” and “Fruhlings Glaube,” by Schubert; “Zueignun,” by Strauss; and “Uiss, d’arte,” by Puccini. Guests were Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Sacks, Mrs. O. E. Foldvary, Mrs. Joy Pratt Markham, Mrs. J. D. Eagle, Mrs. Heydon Lewis, Mrs. Carl Lang, Mrs. Roy Rom, Mrs. Robert Clack, Mrs. C. T. Smith, Mrs. Charles E. Bishop, Mrs. W. C. Morton, Mrs. Roy Brumfield, Miss Elizabeth Ellis, Dr. and Mrs. Campbell Johnson, David Savage, and Roy J. Nastasi.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Oct 4, 1978 “The first Morning Musicale of the season was an event of last Friday at the home of Drs. Andy and Mae Nettleship which was attended by approximately 80 persons, the largest attendance ever for a Morning Musicale. Members of North Arkansas Symphony Society, Guilds and guests heard a program, “Rhapsodie on a Theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninoff played on two pianos by Beatriz Pilapil of the University of Arkansas music faculty, and Campbell Johnson, director of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. They also played an encore “Deep Purple.” The next Morning Musicale is scheduled for Nov. 17 in the home of Mrs. David Newbern. Stephen Gates, cellist, will present the program.” Northwest Arkansas Times, Apr 13, 1980 “Students from the String School of Arkansas, under the direction of Martha Shackford, will be guest soloists at the final Morning Musicale of the season., sponsored by North Arkansas Symphony Society, Inc., Friday. The event will begin with a coffee hour at 9:30 a.m., the program will start at 10 a.m. in the new portion of Wesley Hall at Central United Methodist Church. Assisting in coordinating plans will be members of the North Arkansas Symphony Guild of Fayetteville. Ms. Shackford acquired special training in the Suzuki method of instruction in New York from Louise Behrend of the Juilliard Faculty and the American Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She opened the String School as a preparatory program in 1978 and now has an enrollment of 62 students, ages 3 years and older.” #SaveMarkhamHill #PreserveFayetteville #KeepFayettevilleForested #MarkhamHillHistory