Queen Sugar

A California girl, Natalie Baszile, spent more than a decade, reconnecting with her family roots in Louisiana to produce a critically acclaimed novel centered on an African American family. The novel is brought to life into millions of homes and to rave reviews, as an OWN series, Queen Sugar. Baszile speaks to her personal connection…

Border Cantos, Crystal Bridges

Border Cantos, a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo, uses the power of art to explore and humanize the complex issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border. Misrach, who has photographed the border since 2004, documents landscapes and objects, including things left behind by migrants.  His  large-scale photographs, along…

Truffle Kingpin of NYC to be at Arkansas Literary Festival

The Arkansas Literary Festival, the premier gathering of readers and writers in Arkansas, includes more than 70 presenters who have achieved national and international acclaim. Panels and sessions are facilitated by authors and illustrators from across the country and cover genres and topics such as nature, crime, science fiction, classic literature, southern culture, social commentary,…

Arkansas Scottish Fest

Every April, Lyon College holds the Arkansas Scottish Festival, one of the premier Scottish festivals in the United States. Established in 1981 as the Ozark Scottish Festival, the festival is emblematic of the College, its Scottish heritage, and its Presbyterian connection. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small Scottish fair to one of the…

The Unexpected Wins Award

Congratulations to The Unexpected: Festival of Murals in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Josh McIntosh for winning the Community Tourism Development Award at the 43rd annual 2017 Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The Unexpected is an arts and culture initiative that brings world-class art to downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas. The 10-day festival, held in September of…

Stories of Empowerment

Bring your tribe of women to the fourth installment of Stories of Empowerment. In honor of Women’s History Month, ESSE and Women’s Foundation of Arkansas are partnering with Amy Robinson of Fayetteville-based Tribe of Women for a special program on advancing gender equity, that will take place March 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Esse Purse…