• In 2025, Conway is a community that actively encourages minority populations to participate and excel in the arts.

 

  • In 2025, Conway has dedicated organizations and/or staff responsible for arts leadership.
      Currently, volunteers are required to sustain the arts community in Conway. The community should determine if this is still a priority and what opportunities could be created with paid staff.

 

  • In 2025, there is an up-to-date and accurate registry of local arts organizations, artist’s guilds and contacts.

 

  • In 2025, Conway benchmarks its arts activities against similar cities with thriving arts communities.  Conway is identified as a “city of the arts.”

 

  • In 2025, Conway has a location for arts and crafts studios.  Space is available at attractive rates to resident artists.  The location hosts “open to the public” events where visitors can watch artists work.

 

  • In 2025, there is live/work space available to artists who want to live downtown.

 

  • In 2025, artists of every medium have full access to city and community services/opportunities.

 

  • In 2025, Conway area schools have access to Arts education scholarships, bringing more arts into the schools.

 

  • In 2025, UCA, Hendrix and CBC offer a rich arts curriculum that offer classes, internships and projects that involve students with community arts.

 

  • In 2025, Conway is host to at least one festival or events that highlights and celebrates traditional minority art forms (music, theatre, etc.)

 

⇒  Accomplished

⇒  Some progress, but still requires action

⇒  No measurable action taken

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  • Zhen Li

    Just want to share ideas…

    Being from South Florida, and an art appreciator, I wanted to share information about an event in Ft. Lauderdale that is pretty successful.

    In downtown ft. Lauderdale, as you can see by the map, there are about a dozen galleries all within walking distance of each other. On this specific day, people start at the main Museum of Art, and there are shuttle buses provided by the local university that stops at all the other galleries throughout the day.

    In reference to these two points:

    In 2025, there is live/work space available to artists who want to live downtown.

    In 2025, Conway has a location for arts and crafts studios. Space is available at attractive rates to resident artists. The location hosts “open to the public” events where visitors can watch artists work.

    I had the opportunity of visiting a small apartment community during this tour, where all the residents in the building were artists of some sort. These artists all put up their artwork (often outsiders need an appointment to visit), and opened their bedroom doors throughout the very minimalist living space for us to explore.

    I believe the living was subsidized thus making it very affordable, but the list for people who want to live there was EXTREMELY long, so it was very difficult to get a space there.

    Attached are images of art throughout the building. You can get an idea of how the walls of the hallways looked, and the room that I was let into.

    • Zhen Li

      Another idea that’s probably very far off because the huge city of Shanghai, China with it’s tourism, is VERY different than the growing city of Conway, AR. But maybe… if a tightly controlled city (by a communist government) does it, maybe a conservative city of colleges in the Bible Belt would be accepting of it as well.

      The area is called the M50 district https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Moganshan_Road, and consists of buildings and walls covered in “Wall Art.” I guess the city allows it, but in the center of this “district” is what used to be a huge manufacturing warehouse where they have multiple galleries, and a small coffee shop.

      This was definitely a hot spot for tourists who visited Shanghai. I’m not sure it would have the same impact in Conway, but I just thought I’d share a concept that seems pretty successful in that big city. The concept being to allow a small area of Conways (future) “art district” to freely allow graffiti to attract talent.

      As for who gets to paint on the wall, I’m sure artists would gradually develop their own “code of ethics” over time. Of course there should be certain rules set in place that prevent anything overtly offensive.