Pat Kienzle

In the nearly two decades she’s been going to Elaine, a town of about 556 not far from Helena, Fayetteville native Pat Kienzle has undertaken projects that range from developing a community center to raising funds for a newly opened civil rights park dedicated to the memory of the 1919 Elaine massacre. But the reason…

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The Wisdom House Project

When the well-spoken, sharp-witted Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force in Washington, D.C., gave a TEDx talk at the University of Central Arkansas in early March, he didn’t know it would ignite a spark. After all, it was just meant to start a dialogue about Muslims in America. But an idea…

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Supha Xayprasith-Mays

When Supha Xayprasith-Mays hosted and financed the inaugural Inclusion & Multicultural Youth Empowerment Summit this July, she was more than just a speaker. Although she arrived in this country speaking no English (just, y’know, Thai, Laotian and French), the Laos-native has done more in her 46 years than most do in a lifetime, serving as…

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The Culturalist

Crystal Bridges Distinguished Lecture: Nick Cave | Dec. 2 BENTONVILLE | Are they sculptures? Fashion? Theatrical costumes? Do we qualify them as “visual art” or “performance”? Whatever they are, Chicago artist Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits”—wild, wearable getups that alternately stand still in galleries and burst to life to music, a collaboration between the artist who created…

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Bill Halter

This year, website Solar Power Rocks awarded Arkansas an “F” on the U.S. solar report card, ranking the state 51st overall. But Bill Halter, head of Scenic Hill Solar, the company tapped by L’Oreal to create the third-largest commercial solar array in Arkansas and the largest in Kentucky? He’d like to change that. ON CHANGING…

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Jeff Henderson

After soaring through the air for a distance of 8.38 meters (27 feet, 6 inches), Jeff Henderson crashed back to the Earth, not only marking his place in the sand, but in the Olympic record books as well. The 27-year-old athlete took home the gold medal in long jump from the 2016 Olympics in Rio…

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Cotter

To arrive on time in Cotter—about 16 miles south of the Missouri state line as the crow flies—I have to leave my Conway home pre-dawn. A wet moon (one I’ve often thought of as a Cheshire Cat moon) hangs in the sky for almost all of the two-and-a-half hours north, and thick fog hovers around…

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Amman Abbasi

Speaking from Los Angeles, Amman Abbasi will tell you that, really, not a lot’s changed. Coming from someone recently named as one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film, and who’s just now wrapping up production on his first film, Dayveon—this is rather surprising to hear. At least until he explains the reason for…

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Gretchen Hall

This past November marked 15 years on the job for Gretchen Hall. The month also happened to mark one of her team’s biggest accomplishments: the renaissance of Robinson Center Music Hall, a much-needed overhaul some five years in the making. ON FRESH PERSPECTIVES: I get a dose of reality when I’m touring Robinson with media…

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“Getting to Know You,”

If you’d asked a 20-year-old John Miller-Stephany what he’d be doing with his life, he’d have spun you a yarn about a glamorous existence in the spotlight, treading the boards. But the more he auditioned for acting parts while studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the more he realized that his…

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