A&P Commission awards $222,176 in event funds

The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission awarded $222,176 to help fund 35 separate projects during its regular fall funding discussion meeting Monday afternoon.

Nearly all of the organizers who asked for help received some money, but only a few were awarded their full requests.

Some of the top amounts went to AAA All Star Games ($30,000), Artosphere ($20,000), and TheatreSquared ($20,000).

New events which received startup help include the Arkansas Entertainers Walk of Fame ($5,000) and Songs in the ‘Ville ($1,000).

Below is a breakdown of what each organizer asked for and how much they were awarded. Below that is a brief description of each event.

Fall 2010 Fayetteville A&P Funding Requests


February101 Runners Mardi Gras Indian Funk Band$8,000$4,000
JuneAAA All Star Games$30,000$30,000
JuneAAA Coaches Clinic and golf tournament$27,500$17,250
June 2013Air Race Classic$7,500$5,000
April-OctArkansas Music Pavilion (AMP)$80,000$5,000
Arkansas Entertainers Walk of Fame$15,000$5,000
MayArt Everywhere Storefront Project$26,740$0
April/MayArts Live Theatre$2,000$1,000
OctoberBikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too$25,000$5,000
YearlongBotanical Garden of the Ozarks$40,000$0
OctoberChile Pepper Cross Country Festival$20,000$5,000
AprilFayetteville Earth Day Festival$21,975$2,600
Q1 2011Fayetteville Underground$29,057$3,000
FebruaryFHS DECA Fashion Show$2,028$1,828
MayWeekend of Champions &
Tri-State Volleyball Challenge
AprilHogeye Marathon & Relays$24,000$3,000
Aug/SeptHooten high school football games$15,000$2,500
AprilIron Pig Festival$7,500$1,250
MayJoe Martin Stage Race$12,500$1,250
JuneKids and Family Triathlon$2,500$1,250
JuneOzark Valley Triathlon$5,000$1,250
YearlongMural Project$13,000$5,000
YearlongNWA Community Creative Center$10,000$3,000
YearlongOzark Military Museum$10,000$1,000
SEC Track & Field Championships$3,500$3,500
MonthlySongs in the ‘Ville$5,000$1,000
Jan-AprilArtist’s Laboratory Theatre$14,000$1,500
The Story of Fayetteville$30,000$15,000
YearlongUptown Fayetteville$70,000$15,000
JulyUSSSA Softball World Series$11,995$5,998
Washington County Fair$25,000$10,000
June/JulyWordCamp Fayetteville$10,000$1,000
JuneRegional Baseball Tournament$10,000$10,000
MayFulbright Concerto Competition$20,000$5,000 *
AprilRockit- NWA Music Week$14,000$0 *
Totals $737,295$222,176

* Earlier this year, “International Fulbright Concerto Competition” asked for $20,000 in advanced funding for 2011 and received $10,000. “Rockit- NWA Music Week,” requested $14,000 in advanced funding and received $7,000.

Project Descriptions

101 Runners Mardi Gras Indian Funk Band
Arkansas Convention & Event Marking, Inc. requested funding for a February event to bring the 101 Runners Mardi Gras Indian Funk Band featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux to Fayetteville for the first time ever.

AAA All Star Games
The Arkansas Activities Association requested funding for the 2011 AAA All Star Games held in June at various UA athletics facilities. High school baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and football are all a part of the event which features over 600 girls and boys coaches and athletes from all over the state.

Arkansas High School Coaches Clinic and golf tournament
The Arkansas Activities Association requested funding for the 56th annual ASHCA Coaches Clinic and golf tournament, an event held in June which draws an estimated 1,500 Arkansas coaches who use the clinic sessions to obtain their required professional development credit.

Air Race Classic
The Arkansas Air Museum requested funding for the June 2013 Air Race Classic (formerly the Powder Puff Derby), a 2,600-mile race flown by women only. The Arkansas Air Museum would be the the base of operations for the decades old annual event

Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) 2011 Concert Series
The AMP requested funding for musical talent and expansion of the AMP’s 2011 season offerings to include art, comedy and variety acts. The owners also plan to offer at least one free show, possibly teamed with a July 4 fireworks display.

Arkansas Entertainers Walk of Fame
Arkansas Entertainers, Inc. requested funding to launch a new annual event commemorating Arkansas entertainers that would include an induction reception and the installation of bronze emblems in the sidewalk on Dickson Street based on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Art Everywhere Storefront Project
FFEAC Creative Economy Action Group requested funding for the Art Everywhere Storefront Project which would transform vacant storefronts into temporary works of art to educate the public about Fayetteville arts as well as potentially bring occupants to the empty buildings.

Artosphere 2011
The Walton Arts Center requested funding to help with year 2 of Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts and Nature Festival. The April-June event features performing and visual arts, which access to high-quality artistic experiences for students, families and community members at reduced or no cost.

Arts Live Theatre 2011 productions
Arts Live Theatre requested funding to help with the second stage production of The Secret Garden and the main stage production of The Jungle Book in April and May 2011.

Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too
GMS.Group, Inc requested funding for the third season of Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too, an event held in late Sept./early Oct. that brings classic car and hot rod owners, builders and enthusiasts to Fayetteville for an annual car show with concerts, exhibits and other activities.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks requested funding for 2011 marketing and promotion of the garden including ad placement in regional, state and local media outlets.

Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival
Chile Pepper, Inc. requested funding to help with the 2011 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, a 22-year-old running event designed to raise money for area high school cross country programs. Each October, over 80 college teams and 120 high school teams attend from over 17 states.

Fayetteville Earth Day Festival
Treadwell Institute requested funding to help co-market the lineup of over 20 earth/sustainability/conservation-related events that occur around town as well as a B-Earth Day Card installation event in April.

Fayetteville Underground
Fayetteville Underground Inc. requested funding for a media campaign to help continue the First Thursday event by expanding the awareness of Fayetteville Underground and the downtown square as a destination for the arts.

FHS DECA Fashion Show
Fayetteville High School requested funding to rent the Fayetteville Town Center and for hospitality and stage pieces for the 9th annual DECA Fashion Show, a February 2011 community service event benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Weekend of Champions
Fayetteville High School requested funding for the 13th annual Weekend of Champions event in May 2011 which includes baseball and fast pitch softball games.

Tri-State Volleyball Challenge
Fayetteville High School requested funding to host the Tri-State Volleyball Challenge volleyball tournament at Fayetteville High School and Barnhill Arena in September 2011.

Hogeye Marathon & Relays
Hogeye Marathon & Relays, Inc. requested funding to help promote the 35th annual Hogeye Marathon & Relays event in April 2011. The event is in competition with the Bentonville Half Marathon and is looking to get a jump to help promote itself as the long distance running event in NWA.

Hooten high school football games
Hooten Publishing, Inc. requested funding for two high school football games in late August/early September 2011.

International Fulbright Concerto Competition
FCC requested funding to help with a piano concerto competition in Fayetteville in May 2011.

Iron Pig Festival
All Sports Productions requested funding for the 3rd annual Iron Pig Festival to be held in April 2011. The event features a duathlon, a 5K run, an 18-mile bike time trial and a 1-mile fun run/walk.

Joe Martin Stage Race
All Sports Productions requested funding for the 2011 Joe Martin Stage Race to be held in May 2011. The event brings teams from over 17 countries to Fayetteville each year.

Kids and Family Triathlon
All Sports Productions requested funding for the Kid’s & Family Triathlon to be held in June 2011. The event is a promotional tool to encourage attendance of the Ozark Valley Triathlon.

Ozark Valley Triathlon
All Sports Productions requested funding for the 2011 Ozark Valley Triathlon, an event held in June which began in 2003 and expects attendance of about 450 participants including 600 family/friends from 12 states.

Mural Project
Matt Miller requested funding for the Mural Project. The project aims to gain attention for Fayetteville as an Arts destination by creating transportable murals which can be installed around town.

Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center
NWACCC requested funding to support its 2011 marketing efforts. The organization provides year-round art classes to area children and adults.

Ozark Military Museum
Ozark Military Museum requested funding for 2011 advertising and restoration of museum artifacts. The museum was founded in 1982 and moved to Fayetteville in 2003. It is the only military museum in the area and has the largest display of artifacts in Arkansas.

Rockit- Northwest Arkansas Music Week
NAMA organizers requested funding to help expand the NAMA Awards to a weeklong event in April 2011 that includes seminars, performances and a vendor fair.

SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships
The University of Arkansas Athletics Department requested funding to help promote the 2011 SEC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships held in February at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Songs in the ‘Ville
SITV requested funding to market and promote the monthly Songs in the ‘Ville event held at the UARK Ballroom on Dickson Street. The event features guest songwriters each month along with local musician Effron White and has recently seen the participation of two-time Grammy winner Carl Jackson as well as Jerry Salley and Brice Long.

The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre requested funding to help promote the ALT’s 2011 season. Organizers are currently developing an original play and plan to have at least five events in 2011.

The Story of Fayetteville documentary film
Fayetteville Public Library Foundation requested funding to help the library produce the first-ever documentary. Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Larry Foley, will produce the 60-minute film.

TheatreSquared requested funding for five productions and 70 public performances in its 2011 season. Organizers say 46% of the theatre’s annual audience comes from outside Fayetteville bringing in an estimated $700,000 in added annual revenue to the local economy.

Uptown Fayetteville
Uptown Fayetteville Association Inc. requested funding to promote North Fayetteville businesses by creating guides, ads, additional web development as well as co-sponsoring annual events and bringing back the Fourth of July Freedom Fireworks celebration.

USSSA Youth Fast Pitch Softball World Series
Fayetteville Parks and Recreation requested funding to bring the USSSA Youth Fast Pitch Softball World Series to Fayetteville in July 2011 at the Gary Hampton Softball Complex and the Lake Fayetteville Softball Complex.

Washington County Fair
Washington County Fair Association requested funding to update its shower and restroom facilities. The fairgrounds are home to the Washington County Fair and have hosted guests and events during the last two years of Bikes, Blues & BBQ.

WordCamp Fayetteville
WordCamp Fayetteville requested funding to help with year 2 of WordCamp Fayetteville, a June/July conference that teaches people about WordPress, an open source online Content Management System.

Regional Baseball Tournament
The University of Arkansas Athletics Department requested funding to help promote a 2011 NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional in June 2011.