What is culture if not artisans making their craft for public consumption? The Arkansas Times’ annual Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud event at War Memorial Stadium finds itself at the very confluence of commerce and culture. Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud showcases those who create Arkansas goods. Now entering its third year, the event is earning its own place in the cultural fabric.
The date for this year’s festival is May 18 — and if that seems later than usual this year to you, you’re right. The first two fests were held in April, according to Rick Tilley of Arkansas Parks and Tourism, which co-sponsors the event with the Times. However, Tilley explained, “April is wet.” While the inaugural event was by all accounts beautiful, rain last year forced a move into the stadium’s concourse. And while War Memorial’s concourse is “a wonderful thing,” and “a great plan B,” he said, “this event was designed to be on the field.” Gates open at 10 a.m.; the event ends at 5 p.m.
The artisans represented at Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud are wonderfully diverse in geography and medium. From Alpena to Pine Bluff, from Sage to Story and beyond, you’ll find dog treats, quilts, salsa, leatherwork and more.