The Arkansas Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2014 Arkansas Living Treasure. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 8. Nomination forms are available at or by calling (501) 324-9766.

The Arkansas Living Treasure annually honors an Arkansan who is outstanding in the creation of a traditional craft and has significantly contributed to the preservation of the art form.

Nominations of artists who work in traditional craft forms such as weaving, broom making, leather working, metal smithing and wood carving, toy making and doll making are encouraged.

An independent panel of practicing craft artists and professionals in the fields of craft and folk art will select the recipient based on the following criteria: quality of work, community outreach and total contribution to the field of traditional crafts.

The awardee will be honored at a reception in May during Arkansas Heritage Month. For more information, contact Robin Muse McClea, artist services program manager, at 324-9348 or email

The Arkansas Arts Council advances the arts in Arkansas by providing services and supporting arts endeavors that encourage and assist literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs.

The Arkansas Arts Council is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts.