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Arts Council Seeks to Support Veterans and the Arts

Arkansas Arts Council - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Arkansas Arts Council staff Janet Perkins talks about a grant to bring more arts to veterans during a meeting in January 2020.Arkansas Arts Council staff recently talked with veterans at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System about a grant that aims to bring more arts services to veterans statewide.

“We are committed to bringing the arts to military veterans who live in every corner of Arkansas. These grants of up to $1,000 can make the difference in achieving that goal,” said Director Patrick Ralston.

Nonprofit organizations can now apply for mini-grants of up to $1,000 per project to fund programming, projects and workshops that are specifically for veterans, active or retired. Requests can be made multiple times for different projects and don’t require matching funds.

The Arkansas Arts Council will accept applications year round while funds last. Applications must be submitted under the Arts for Lifelong Learning grants program.

Grant requests will be reviewed and funded like other mini-grants offered by the Arkansas Arts Council. Application forms are available online.

The veterans’ grant is based on a well-received pilot program the Arkansas Arts Council rolled out last year. Nationwide, the National Endowment for the Arts has encouraged states to create more arts programs, workshops and services for veterans. The Arkansas Arts Council’s grant is an effort to heed NEA’s call and to improve the quality of life among Arkansas’s veterans.

For more information, contact Drekkia Morning, arts in education manager, at drekkia.morning@arkansas.gov or 501-324-9348.