The Spring 2012 A&P funding requests are in and organizers are seeking a total of $306,259 for 21 events or projects in Fayetteville.
That’s over $100,000 more than was requested last spring and about $240,000 more than was actually awarded in May 2011.
A&P Director Marilyn Heifner said she wasn’t sure how much leftover A&P money would be available when the group meets in May to distribute the extra funds.
Below is a brief overview of each of the events that have requested financial help. For full details on each request application, see the complete, 142-page packet.
Spring 2012 request descriptions
- Earth Day Festival – $5,000
Organizers are requesting additional financial help for 2012 Earth Day events currently in progress in Fayetteville. The group already received $2,600 for these events during the Fall 2011 distribution cycle.
- Artosphere Festival – $20,000
The Walton Arts Center is requesting $20,000 to help fund the third year of Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival.
- Youth Fastpitch Tournament – $5,000
Fayetteville Parks and Recreation is requesting $5,000 to help fund a two-day, 65-team fastpitch tournament at the Gary Hampton Sports Complex and the Lake Fayetteville Softball Complex on May 12-13.
- All Out June – $6,000
The NWA Center for Equality requests $6,000 to help market the 2012 All Out June series of events celebrating the diversity of Arkansas’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
- Run for Veterans – $3,425
Organizers are requesting $3,425 to help fund the third annual Run for Veterans to benefit 7hills Homeless Center. The event is scheduled for June 30 at Veterans Memorial Park and the Lake Fayetteville trail system.
- Green Economy Group tour guides – $5,120
The Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council’s Green Economy Group is requesting $5,160 to create a set of self-guided, tour maps to promote and educate visitors about the environmentally-friendly community design, unique architectural features, and cultural hidden gems that make up the Fayetteville community.
- Fayetteville Roots Festival – $30,000
Organizers are requesting $30,000 to help promote the 2012 Fayetteville Roots Festival, set to take place Aug. 23-36 in various locations around town including the Walton Arts Center and George’s Majestic Lounge.
- Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) – $22,674
Ozark Poetry Slam officials are requesting $22,674 to help fund the Individual World Poetry Slam set for Oct. 3-6 at multiple venues around town.
- Offshoot Film Fest – $8,000
The Seedling Film Association requests $8,000 to market and help fund the 2012 Offshoot Film Fest set for Oct. 4-7 at various locations around town.
- Puppets in the Park – $6,500
The Art Experience Inc. requests $6,500 to promote and help fund the 2012 Puppets in the Park program set for Oct. 6 at Wilson Park.
- Up Among the Hills premiere gala – $25,000
The Fayetteville Public Library requests $25,000 to help fund the Oct. 19 premiere event for Up Among the Hills, a 60-minute documentary film tracing the history of Fayetteville.
- Ozark/Urban Adventure Races – $10,000
All Sports Productions requests $10,000 to help promote the 2012 Lewis & Clark Ozark/Urban Adventure Races, set for Oct. 20-21 at Lewis & Clark Outfitters in Springdale.
- UA Regional Flag Football Tournament – $6,000
The University of Arkansas Department of University Recreation requests $6,000 to help pay for staff hotels and a staff social related to an October or November at-large Regional Flag Football Tournament for students.
- Harvest Moon Ultimate Tournament – $5,000
The Fayetteville Disc Association requests $5,000 to reserve and line playing fields for the 73-team Harvest Moon Ultimate tournament, set for Nov. 3-4 in Fayetteville.
- Renaissance and Fantasy Faire of the Ozarks – $5,000
Three Crones and a Pirate Productions Company requests $5,000 to cover costs associated with the November 2012 Renaissance and Fantasy Faire of the Ozarks, set to take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
- Lights of the Ozarks – $30,000
Fayetteville Parks and Recreation requests $30,000 to go towards operation expenses for the Lights of the Ozarks holiday lights program on the downtown square.
- The Little Craft Show – $1,500
Organizers are requesting $1,500 to rent the Fayetteville Town Center for the 2012 Little Craft Show, set to take place Dec. 1 on the downtown square.
- Fayetteville Half Marathon – $20,000
All Sports Productions requests $20,000 to help promote the 2012 Fayetteville Half Marathon, set to take place Dec. 8-9 in Fayetteville.
- Portable Pitching Mounds – $12,000
Fayetteville Parks and Recreation requests $12,000 to buy four portable pitching mounds to allow the city to host two-day, 32-team youth baseball tournaments.
- Arkansas Air and Military Museum – $20,000
Museum officials request $20,000 to develop and produce a brochure for the Arkansas Air and Military Museum and to fund costs associated with the merger of the Arkansas Air and Military Museum and the Ozark Military Museum.
- Fayetteville Underground expansion – $60,000
The Fayetteville Art Alliance requests $60,000 be used for the expansion of the Fayetteville Underground to a new location near the downtown square.
Spring 2012 request amounts
|Event date||Event||2012 Request||2011 Award|
|April 5-May 14||Earth Day Festival||$5,000||$2,600*|
|May 3-June 24||Artosphere Festival||$20,000||$20,000**|
|May 12-13||Youth Fastpitch Tournament||$5,000||–|
|June 2012||All Out June||$6,000||$2,000|
|June 30||Run for Veterans||$3,425||$2,000|
|Summer 2012||Green Economy Group||$5,120||–|
|Aug. 23-36||Fayetteville Roots Festival||$30,000||$5,000|
|Oct. 3-6||Individual World Poetry Slam||$22,674||–|
|Oct. 4-7||Offshoot Film Fest||$8,000||$3,000|
|Oct. 6||Puppets in the Park||$6,500||–|
|Oct. 19||Up Among the Hills gala||$25,000||–|
|Oct. 20-21||Ozark/Urban Adventure Races||$10,000||–|
|Oct. or Nov.||UA Regional Flag Football Tournament||$6,000||–|
|Nov. 3-4||Harvest Moon Ultimate Tournament||$5,000||–|
|Nov. 10-11||Renaissance and Fantasy Faire of the Ozarks||$5,000||–|
|November-January||Lights of the Ozarks||$30,000||$30,000|
|Dec. 1||The Little Craft Show||$1,500||–|
|Dec. 8-9||Fayetteville Half Marathon||$20,000||$12,000|
|Portable Pitching Mounds||$12,000||–|
|Arkansas Air and Military Museum||$20,000||–|
|Fayetteville Underground expansion||$60,000||–||Grand Total||$306,259|
* Received funds for this event in Fall 2011.
** Received funds for 2011 event in Fall 2010.
Source: Flyer staff report