ACANSA is proud to support community partnerships and art initiatives of all kinds.

As part of our mission to create a more dynamic and engaging community through the arts, ACANSA is proud to partner with the Central Arkansas arts community on these initiatives. By fostering creative collaborations among artists, patrons, businesses, and community institutions, we facilitate the creation and presentation of more compelling art that encourages public dialogue, economic innovation, exposes people to a wider array of artistic experiences, and makes our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live. Would you like to collaborate with ACANSA on a project or initiative that helps make our community a richer, more engaging place for all? Contact us today to start a conversation about a partnership.

The Ten-Minute Play Showcase

ACANSA is proud to announce The Ten-Minute Play Showcase, a celebration of new work written, directed and enacted by local artists. The festival will be co-produced and directed by Hilary Trudell, founder of The Yarn and the Director of Local Programming at the Clinton School of Public Service. The primary goals of the festival are to engage high school students and community members in the art of play writing and to provide artistic opportunities to Arkansans. As a prelude to the competition, classes will be offered to high school students and community members - the initial workshop being offered during the ACANSA Arts Festival in September.

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Potluck & Poison Ivy

Potluck and Poison Ivy is a live dinner and storytelling event in Argenta, Arkansas that invites you to bring your story to the table by sharing a meal and some good ole Southern storytelling. It’s a potluck of people, themes, and ways to tell a story, served with a hearty helping of laughter, Southern exaggerations, and even some unexpected poison ivy. Whether it’s scripted, unscripted, or an open mic storytelling casserole, this is one picnic you don’t want to miss.

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Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship

Designed to support the writing of a debut book of creative nonfiction, the Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship offers the winner a $10,000 living stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship with the Oxford American toward a nine-month residency in the thriving creative community of Central Arkansas. Award-winning writers and OA contributors Brian Blanchfield, Bronwen Dickey, and Ada Limón will judge.

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