Local Grass Roots Driven Cultural Events/Programs

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, March 9, 2017
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CST

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This session’s focus is on grassroots driven cultural events or program in Hot Springs. Hot Springs has several events that started with a handful of residents that have grown into large festivals or programs. These festivals and programs not only engage the community, but also increase tourism and help drive economic development. Key takeaways include how to garner support from the community and local government, the building blocks to create the foundation for community events or programs, and benefits such as tax dollars from increased tourism and economic development.  


Mary Neilson

Mary Neilson is the Cultural Affairs Manager at Visit Hot Springs. Mary Neilson is the Cultural Affairs Manager for Visit Hot Springs. She serves as Executive Director of the Hot Springs Sister City Program, and promotes the area’s diverse arts community as head of the Hot Springs Area Cultural ... Read More

Jeff Maxwell

Jeff Maxwell is the Purchasing Manager at Arkansas Midland Railroad. Jeff, a 30-year resident of Hot Springs, is the purchasing manager at Arkansas Midland Railroad. He is happily married to his wife, Becky and has five children. Jeff is a Spa Pacer member and 2016 RRCA Senior Grand Master State ... Read More

Zac Smith

Zac Smith is the Co-founder and Station Manager of KUHS-LP Hot Springs, 97.9 FM, which is Arkansas only solar powered radio station. A musician and entrepreneur, Zachary plays tuba with The Itinerant Locals and is currently renovating a historical building in Hot Springs to open a restaurant and microbrewery. Read More

David Hill

David Hill is the Interim Executive Director at Low Key Arts. David Hill is the interim executive director of Low Key Arts in Hot Springs. He serves as a member of the advisory board of Arkansas Nonprofit News Network and the executive board of the National Writers Union. Read More

David Hughes

David Hughes is the Dean of Business, Technical and Early College Programs at National Park College. David has 29 years of experience in education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Under his direction, programs at the college and the high school technology center have been tapped as some of most ... Read More

Contact Info

James Walden, jpwalden@garverusa.com