Poet Stuart Youngman "Sy" Hoahwah received one of 40 $25,000 literary fellowships awarded by the NEA to poets this year. Hoahwah, the author of the books "Black Knife" and "Velroy and the Madischie Mafia," is a graduate of the University of Arkansas creative writing program, and a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. You can read a bio of Hoahwah and some of his poetry here.
The other awards in the state went to institutions, including a $10,000 grant to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society; $10,000 to the Oxford American Literary Project; $10,000 to the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas; $15,000 to the Walton Arts Center Council; $20,000 to Fayetteville's TheatreSquared theatre to help support the 2012 Arkansas New Play Festival and $10,000 to John Brown University in Siloam Springs to create a writing festival for high school students.
More details about the Arkansas winners here.
The Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has purchased the library of documentary filmmaker David Hoffman. Seen above is a long interview with Hoffman in which he describes his life's work.
The 50-year collection includes over 2,000 hours of video. Included are rare interviews with NASA pioneers including John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin, rights to Hoffman's six-part TV series "Making Sense of the Sixties," footage used to make his World War II doc "How Hitler Lost the War," footage shot during the making of a 1974 B.B. King concert shot live at Sing Sing Prison, plus un-aired footage of historical events ranging from the Central High Crisis of 1957 to concerts by Bob Dylan and Elvis.
John Rogers, the owner of the archives, has been on a media buying spree in recent years, acquiring the photo morgues of a slew of American newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, The Denver Post, the Chicago Sun Times and others. The Rogers Photo Archive sells duplicate images and leases historical images to publications and other media.
FUN FACT: Rogers also happens to own the only nude photo of Joe DiMaggio known to exist, purchased at auction last year for $17,233.
Here's Lindsey Millar's June interview with Nichols about his career.
UPDATE: A previous version of this post confused a character in Nichols' upcoming film ("Neckbone") with the title ("MUD"). To read more about "MUD," visit Rock Candy.
Early in the process of setting up the Cash Bus safari, we informed ticket holders that the buses would depart from Main Street in downtown Little Rock at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Just to make sure nobody winds up standing on Main waiting for the Cash Bus that'll never come, let us reiterate: The buses will depart from the K-Mart parking lot at 10901 Rodney Parham Road promptly at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 4. Please be there by 2:15 p.m. at the latest.
For more information or questions, please contact Paige Parham at (501)375-2985. Full details on the jump...
In response to an FOI, the Arkansas Arts Center released today a several-hundred-page audit today of expenses charged to the Arts Center by its former operations manager, Rocky Nickles, that it turned over to the LRPD yesterday. Nickles was fired in February.
The audit covers the years 2007 to 2009. Arts Center's board chair Bobby Tucker expressed the Arts Center's conclusions from the audit to the police verbally, rather than in a document, an Arts Center spokesperson said.
Tucker could not be reached today to reveal what he told police. We have a call in to Arts Center lawyer Phil Kaplan.
The credit charges include travel, lodging, meals and purchases for the gift shop. Board member Bob Birch said that out of $378,684 in charges, the Arts Center is questioning $8,506.91 it categorizes as "personal" and $27,665.75 in charges for which there are no receipts. The audit summary also includes $23,107.07 in a category called "unknown."
Tucker said in April that the board fired Nickles because members weren't satisfied with answers he was providing on the state of the Arts Center's finances. The Arts Center ended its fiscal year June 30 $1.7 million in debt.
The Board of the Arkansas Arts Center is still struggling with its budget in the aftermath of an Egyptian exhibit that didn't meet financial expectations. Leslie Newell Peacock reports on the board's meeting today, which included a difference of opinion on coming revenues:
The board adopted an interim budget for the 2011 fiscal year, one that will require a review in 60 days to see if income is meeting projections.
At the end of the 60 days, board treasure Mary Ellen Vangilder said Tuesday during a telephone meeting, the Arts Center should have realized one-sixth of its projected development income. If not, she said, “drastic” measures will be required.
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