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Arkansas PBS Receives Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant

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We’re proud to share that Arkansas PBS is among a select group of regional artists and organizations to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance grant. This award, under literature, will support our Say My Piece Slam Poetry Camp in June 2021, as well as a related outreach event.

The Say My Piece Slam Camp will help nurture the next generation of Arkansas’s poetic voices and propel a statewide youth poetry movement,” Arkansas PBS Executive Director and CEO Courtney Pledger said. “We are grateful to the Mid-America Arts Alliance for providing crucial funding that will allow these young artists to express their emotions and unique perspectives through spoken word.

The four-day camp is slated for June 2021 at our headquarters in Conway, followed by an outreach event in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. During the camp, 25 middle and high school students, recommended by Central Arkansas teachers and principals, will join us at  Arkansas PBS headquarters to learn about poetry and poetry slam, and to share what they learn with an audience in a “slam” presentation in Pine Bluff on the night following the camp.

Funding for Arkansas PBS’s Mid-America grant is drawn from generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Arkansas PBS is to be commended for their commitment to serving their community with this distinctive event,” Todd Stein, Mid-America CEO, said. “Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to help support this work and Arkansas PBS.

About Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance, the nation’s oldest regional arts organization, was founded in 1972 to foster cultural growth in heartland communities. Mid-America Arts Alliance strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. They are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. Additional information is available at