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‘A Maker Not A Writer’

Alison Saar’s art reflects on ‘shared humanity’ BECCA MARTIN-BROWN Born in 1956, artist Alison Saar was a child who looked up to three things — her parents and a

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And All That Jazz

UA adds jazz to degree programs MARY JORDAN A new program at the University of Arkansas is making music history. The Department of Music in the J. William Fulbright

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Making A Difference

Consumers vote with their dollars AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The world isn’t run by nonprofits, for better or worse. That’s why voting with our dollars at businesses can be just


Pondering Pointlessness

Princess breaks down binaries JOCELYN MURPHY Since their inception, the duo Princess has always explored boundaries in their work. One of the very first things they collaborated on together


Old Dog Loves New Tricks

Young musicians inspire Dirt Band founder BECCA MARTIN-BROWN Nothing about a phone conversation reveals that Jeff Hanna is in his 70s — nothing but the fact that the Nitty


‘A Sense Of Place’

Artist tries to capture more than what he sees BECCA MARTIN-BROWN “As an artist, I have always been interested in a sense of place and the various characteristics that

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Lifelong Learning

Fall classes teach everything from art to sewing LARA JO HIGHTOWER TheatreSquared is known for its professional theater productions and groundbreaking new play festival — but did you know

8 Days a Week

8 Days A Week

Sept. 6 (Friday) Story Time at the Peel Mansion — An hour of “Artful Reading” celebrating the art of Julie Hop, whose watercolors will be on display in the conservatory

'Tis the Season

A Prodigy At The Piano

Nothing ever ‘grabbed’ Petersen like music BECCA MARTIN-BROWN Music director John Jeter has been with the Fort Smith Symphony for 23 years. The guest pianist for this season’s opening

Maker Space

The Flavors Of Jazz

Artists keep music entertainment, not education JOCELYN MURPHY Peter Martin says it was the “improvisation, freedom, communication, groove and joy” he first heard in jazz that drew him to