M91-01 - ARKANSANS FOR THE ARTS (AFTA) COLLECTION

This collection consists of material relating to Arkansans for the Arts (AFTA), which was incorporated in June 1981 by a steering committee named by the Arkansas Arts Council.  The organization’s main goals were to encourage the growth and development of the arts in Arkansas and to influence public policy and opinion for the arts.

AFTA published the first issue of its newsletter in December 1981.  It was created to publicize art activities and inform corporate leaders, elected officials and the general public about the needs of the arts movement within Arkansas.  One of the reasons for organizing AFTA was the arrival of the Ronald Reagan administration in 1981, which sought to drastically curtail federal arts appropriation.

In August 1983, the AFTA Board of Directors was unable to reach a consensus as to an appropriate role and direction for the organization.  Consequently, a number of the board members resigned leaving the remaining members functioning as an Interim Board.  In February 1984, the remaining board members agreed to reform the organization in order to continue the role of legislative advocacy for the arts.  The continued struggle with financial solvency caused the organization to be suspended for several years.  AFTA was officially disbanded in May 1990 with the transferring of remaining funds to the Arkansas Arts Administrator’s Roundtable (AAAR) for specific use in their advocacy efforts with the Legislature for the Arkansas Arts Council.

NOTE: When requesting materials from this collection, please specify collection number (M91-1), box number, and file number.

 

Box 1

File 1 – Arkansas Citizens For The Arts Advocacy Materials, 1980-1981

File 2 – AFTA History and Background

File 3 – AFTA By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation

File 4 – AFTA Steering Committee Materials, 1981-1983

File 5 – AFTA Minutes, 1981-1984, Undated

File 6 – AFTA Correspondence, 1981

File 7 – AFTA Correspondence, 1982

File 8 – AFTA Correspondence, 1983

File 9 – AFTA Correspondence, 1984

File 10- AFTA Correspondence, 1985-1986

File 11- AFTA Correspondence, 1987-1990, undated

File 12- AFTA Membership Committee Materials, 1981-1982, Undated

File 13- AFTA Membership Listing, 1984

File 14- AFTA Membership Forms, 1981-1985, Undated

File 15- AFTA Membership Materials

File 16- AFTA Applications for Involvement, 1982-1983, Undated

File 17- AFTA Contributed Services, 1981-1983

File 18- AFTA Questionnaire

File 19- AFTA Artists’ Questionnaire

File 20- AFTA Resumes of Advisory and Planning Committee Members

File 21- AFTA Nominating Committee Materials, 1981-1983, Undated

File 22- AFTA Board of Directors Profiles, List, and Materials, 1982, Undated

File 23- AFTA Annual Meeting Committee Materials, 1981-1983

File 24- AFTA Conference Materials, 1981-1984

File 25- AFTA Workshop Materials, 1981-1988, Undated

File 26- AFTA Regional Meeting for Congressional District II Materials, 1982

File 27- AFTA General Materials, 1982-1990, Undated

File 28- AFTA Finance Committee Materials, 1982-1984, Undated

File 29- AFTA Financial Reports, 1981-1985

File 30- AFTA Expenses, 1982-1988

File 31- AFTA Checking Account Correspondence, and Bank Statements, 1983-1990

File 32- AFTA Bank Statements for Saving Account, 1985-1990

File 33- AFTA Tax Materials, 1982-1986

End of Box 1

 

Box 2

File 1 – Grant Materials (1 of 2), 1982-1985

File 2 – Grant Materials (2 of 2), 1982-1987

File 3 – AFTA Grant Application Materials- Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, 1980-1983

File 4 – AFTA- Arkansas Community Foundation Materials, 1979-1984, Undated

File 5 – GALA Committee Fund Raising Materials, 1981

File 6 – AFTA Legislative Fund Raising Receptions Materials, 1985-1987

File 7 – Lobbying Materials, 1972-1982, Undated

File 8 – U.S. Congressional Materials, 1985, Undated

File 9 – Arkansas Governor’s Correspondence, 1982-1983

File 10- Legislative Correspondence, 1981-1988, Undated

File 11- Arkansas Legislative Joint Subcommittee on Arts and Economic Development Materials,1983-1984

File 12- Arkansas Legislation, 1983-1985

File 13- Arkansas Legislative Council Materials, 1981-1984

File 14- Arkansas Legislative Materials, 1981-1983

File 15- Arkansas Candidates for Office Listings, 1984

File 16- AFTA Advocacy Committee Correspondence, 1982-1983

File 17- AFTA Advocacy Committee Materials, 1982-1986, Undated

File 18- AFTA Public Relations Committee Materials, 1981-1983, Undated

File 19- AFTA Resumes of Speakers/Participants

File 20- Arkansas Art Booklet: An Inventory of Cultural Programs, Organizations, and Facilities of Arkansas, 1981

File 21-Rachael Lambert Dance Troupe Materials, 1981

File 22- AFTA Newsletter Materials, 1982-1984, Undated

File 23- AFTA Newsletter “Arkansas Advocate” Mailing Lists, 1981-1983

File 24- AFTA Newspaper “The Arts Advocate”, Undated

File 25- Arkansas Arts Council Correspondence, 1980-1985, Undated

File 26- Arkansas Arts Council Materials, 1980-1989, Undated

File 27- Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Materials, 1981

File 28- Arkansas Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children Materials,1979-1983

File 29- News Articles, 1981-1986, Undated

End of Box 2

 

Box 3

File 1 – Other States Arts Advocacy Organizational By-Laws, and Materials, 1980-1988, Undated

File 2 – Other States Arts Advocacy Organizational Materials, 1982-1990

File 3 – Other States Arts Newsletters, 1983-1989

File 4 – National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies Correspondence, 1983-1988

File 5 – National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies Materials, 1983-1987

File 6 – National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies Newsletter “Connections,” 1984-1988

File 7 – National Assembly of Community Arts Agencies Materials, 1980-1982

File 8 – National Committee for State Arts Advocacy Organizations Materials, 1984-1986

File 9 – National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Materials, 1982-1987

File 10- State Art Advocacy League of America Materials, 1986-1989, Undated

File 11- American Council for the Arts Materials, 1982-1987

File 12- Photographs

File 13- Posters and Maps

End of Box 3

End of Collection