The Delta Arts Forum

Arts can unify a community! Let’s talk about where we are, where we have been, and what we could do in the future to cultivate a burgeoning art community in the Arkansas Delta. Hear from local artists, educators, and activists on this subject.

Caboose Reading

The Delta Cultural Center will be hosting a new function titled Caboose Reading. The first book, “Grandpa’s Crooked Smile: A story of Stroke Survival,” by Barbara Reeves, will be read by our very own DCC Depot Guide Glenda Biggs, who is also a former stroke survivor.

Mt. Ida Cemetery Conservation Workshop

Spring Cemetery Conservation Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 2024
The Spring 2024 Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) Cemetery Conservation Workshop will be held at Mt. Ida Cemetery, 242 Luzerne Street, Mt. Ida, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2024.
The free workshop on the basics of cemetery conservation, featuring instruction by Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration, will address common concerns in preservation and maintenance of cemeteries and offer hands-on training.
The workshop will be hands-on, attendees are encouraged to participate in cleaning, making basic repairs, and the leveling and straightening of gravestones. Tents will be provided in case of rain. Chairs are available, but if you need a stool, you are encouraged to bring one. Gloves and comfortable clothing are also encouraged.
Workshop is limited to 40 registrants. Lunch will be served at the Mt. Ida Church of God. Please inform us if you need a vegetarian option.
Directions and Parking:
The Mt. Ida Cemetery is located at 242 Luzerne Street, Mt. Ida. Parking is at Mt. Ida Church of God, 242 Luzerne Street.
About Rusty Brenner
Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration brings his monument restoration expertise to Arkansas to benefit those who care for cemeteries, large and small. Attendees at the numerous workshops he has conducted across the state have implemented his instruction in repair, cleaning and leveling in their own burying grounds. Others have utilized his tested techniques to assist others in saving their fragile gravestones.
This important workshop will allow attendees to perpetuate links to their past, their families, and their community by preserving unique funerary art and architecture. This work can also incite interest on the part of younger participants in maintaining and carrying on the stories. Please join us for this important workshop and take part in carrying on the history of these significant sites.
Agenda – Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. – noon
Introductions and workshop overview.
Cleaning, leveling and basic repairs will be covered.
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch on the grounds provided by the AHPP.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Continue with cleaning, leveling and basic repairs.
Registration and Questions:
Contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9148 or Holly.Hope@arkansas.gov
Day of workshop (501) 681-2120
Special thanks to:
Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County, director Jeannie Brakefield
Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County, board members, Debbie Baldwin, Stan Graves, Paula Newsom
Mt. Ida Church of God

Fairview Cemetery Conservation Workshop

Spring Cemetery Conservation Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2024
The Spring 2024 Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) Cemetery Conservation Workshop will be held at Fairview Cemetery, intersection of AR Highway 59 and McKibben Street, Van Buren, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2024.
The free workshop on the basics of cemetery conservation, featuring instruction by Jonathan Appell of Atlas Preservation, will address common concerns in preservation and maintenance of cemeteries and offer hands-on training.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in cleaning, making basic repairs, and the leveling and straightening of gravestones.
About Jonathan Appell
Jonathan Appell of Atlas Preservation is a master conservationist. He has been working for decades to restore fragile funerary architecture and art. From his work as a monument installer, he developed his skills, starting his own business providing monument installation and preserving gravestones of all sizes and materials.
Appell has provided cemeteries across the country, and overseas with his expertise. This valuable service enables maintenance teams, cemetery associations, and families to undertake basic repair and cleaning issues efficiently and appropriately. Many individuals have been inspired to provide area cemeteries with the techniques they have learned from him, furthering the preservation of these important resources.
Agenda – Saturday, April 13
9 a.m. – noon
Introductions and workshop overview.
Cleaning, leveling and basic repairs will be covered.
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch on the grounds provided by the AHPP.
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Continue with cleaning, leveling and basic repairs.
The workshop will be hands-on, so participants are encouraged to take part.
Questions:
Contact Holly Hope at (501) 324-9148 or Holly.Hope@arkansas.gov
Day of workshop (501) 681-2120
Directions:
The Fairview Cemetery is located at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and McKibben Street in Van Buren. Parking is at the cemetery, or on McKibben Street.  

GetSmART! Lunch & Learn in Hampton

The Arkansas Arts Council presents a free workshop event for creating and supporting nonprofit organizations. Registration is required.

Arkansas Poetry Out Loud

The Arkansas Arts Council, with Arkansas Heritage, is pleased to announce Arkansas Poetry Out Loud, the statewide poetry recitation competition, will be held in person at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock. 
High school students who won poetry competitions via their schools or educational groups will compete for the State title. The Arkansas champion will have the opportunity to compete at the national level for a chance to win $20,000 this spring.
Attending the virtual Arkansas Poetry Out Loud event is free and open to the public.