Jonathan Crossley

WHEN HE SPEAKS, there’s a passion in Jonathan Crossley’s voice that could move even the most complacent to action. It’s a passion that hasn’t gone unnoticed—it’s why he was named the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, the youngest educator to hold the honor, at the age of 26. It’s why, the following year, he…

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Alvin Irby

STAND-UP COMEDIAN former kindergarten teacher, public speaker, author, social entrepreneur, education innovator—Alvin Irby wears a lot of hats. He wears them here in his native Little Rock, at home in New York City, at conferences, at elementary schools, pretty much all over the place. But his primary focus is to inspire a love of reading…

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Jessica Olson

AFTER THE COMPACT of Free Association with the U.S. was signed in 1986, many Marshallese settled in the Springdale area as transfers from Tyson Foods facilities in the Marshall Islands. Now with more than 4,300 members, Northwest Arkansas is home to one of the largest Marshallese communities in the U.S. Jessica Olson and her family…

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Penelope Poppers

AT THE DROP-IN CENTER Lucie’s Place on Spring Street in Little Rock, the doors open at 9 a.m., and the doors close at 5 p.m. Beyond that, the days vary wildly, as founder Penelope Poppers says. Speaking from her cell phone on a Tuesday afternoon in late October, she explains her day has been devoted…

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Austin Barrow

YOU MAY NOT think of El Dorado as a hotbed for the performing arts. But you’d be wrong. This is largely due to the efforts of visionary Austin Barrow, a native son who returned home to help create what we now know as the Murphy Arts District, which opened to much fanfare this September. Acting…

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Annette Dove

SHE’S A HUGGER. This is the defining characteristic of Annette Dove, and it says everything about her. Along with her late husband, Annette founded Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service (TOPPS) as a nurturing place for disadvantaged children in the Pine Bluff area. Over 250 children and teenagers are now enrolled in the program and…

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Mayor Lioneld Jordan

THIRD-TERM FAYETTEVILLE MAYOR Lioneld Jordan has proven to be a municipal maestro in managing one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. His forward-thinking philosophies on infrastructure, energy efficiency and inclusiveness within the community have Fayetteville positioned as an example for other cities today and decades from now. A Northwest Arkansas native, born in…

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Staying in Town for The Holidays? Here’s How to Celebrate

12.1-17 Mother Goose Christmas at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre A sweet story that follows a family on an adventure through Mother Goose’s Realm of Romp and Rhyme. Dec. 8 is “Pajama Night”—one more opp to wear those matching Christmas jammies! (arkansasartscenter.org) 12.3 Holiday Open House at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center There’ll be live music…

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