The Arkansas Delta Arts Partnership, Inc., was formulated when a group of local citizens joined to establish an organization to promote and develop the rich artistic culture of the Arkansas Delta and surrounding area.
2015 marked ADAP's 10-year anniversary!
Formulated with the assistance of the Arkansas Arts Council, ADAP was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization on November 23, 2005, and received its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status on November 6, 2006.
Over the past ten years, ADAP has continued to be involved in promoting the arts in our community through community art classes, creative art camps for children, organizing arts and crafts festivals and hosting art exhibits and competitions.
To strengthen the arts so that it can reach its full potential as civic resource in the Delta and enhance the positive image of the area.
To stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts through changing exhibitions, lectures, classes and workshops that strengthen interpretive ability and interactive creativity for both children and adults.
To establish Helena-West Helena as a preeminent artistic community in the Delta that attracts residents and visitors to an artistic experience of diversity, uniqueness and excellence.
To pursue and establish a funding structure for the arts in the Delta through civic grants and private donations.
To create new opportunities for beginning, emerging and established artists in which to exhibit and develop the language of their work.
Founding Board Members:
Kathy Dulaney - President, Ann Kinnebrew - Vice-President, Connie Johnston - Treasurer, Vicki Cobb - Secretary, Vivian Hoskins, Chris Allen, and Rusty Porter.
2018 Board of Directors:
Alana Pinchback (President)
Deborah Gentry (Vice President)
Royce Brown (Treasurer)
Darby Waites Treat
ADAP collaborated with Main Street Helena to host a Children’s Art Festival as part of Heritage Month activities.
ADAP hosted the first annual Delta Dayz Art Festival, which was held annually through 2014.
ADAP hosted the first annual Camp Doodlebug, an art camp for kids. This camp is held each summer in July.
ADAP has assisted the Sonny Boy Blues Society to coordinate the King Biscuit Blues Festival Poster Contest. This contest is open to all artists. Each year the winning entry is reproduced as the annual commemorative blues poster.
ADAP began hosting the Heritage Month Art Competition each May. This contest consists of two categories; photography and painting, and winners are awarded monetary prizes. Although the competition has become a favorite for local photographers and painters, it has also drawn entries from other areas of the state and western Mississippi.
ADAP hosted a Celebrity Art Auction. Local artists and well-known citizens in our community teamed up to create a work of art. A live auction was conducted as a fund-raising event to benefit ADAP and its community projects.
ADAP collaborated with the Advertising and Promotions Commission to secure a $45,000 grant from the Arkansas Arts Council for the creation and installation of two bronze sculptures. One sculpture, by David Nunneley, is of Major General Patrick Cleburne. This sculpture was installed in October of this year in front of the Helena Museum of Phillips County. The second sculpture, by Basil Watson, is of an African American male representing the students of the Southland school. The Southland School was established by Quakers during the Civil War to help educate the African-American children. This sculpture is slated for installation in December in Court Square Park.
2011 and 2012
ADAP worked with Main Street Helena and Thrive to hold an art walk during Helena Second Saturdays. These walks are held on Cherry Street in Historic Downtown Helena during the months of April through September.
ADAP inspired the Yarn Bombing of Court Square Park and The Farmers Market pavilion at Walnut Street and Rightor Street. Several local artists joined together to create colorful displays of knitted yarn street art.
Camp Doodlebug was held for it's 6th year with 19 students enrolled.
ADAP partnered with the Helena Advertising and Promotions Commission for Delta Dreams: Loving Helena and Phillips County Photo Competition. The top four winners had postcards made from their photographs to help promote Phillips County
ADAP partnered with Thrive to host Project Picasso during the Cherry Street Fair portion of Helena Second Saturdays 2014. Project Picasso is similar to the popular TV show Project Runway. Three, famous local artists were given a subject to paint after their arrival to the Project Picasso artist tent! They then had two hours to start and complete their masterpiece! The three paintings were then auctioned.
Camp Doodlebug was held July 11-14 with 21 students enrolled.
The Arkansas Delta Painting and Photography Competition. This contest consisted of two categories; photography and painting, and winners are awarded monetary prizes.
Camp Doodlebug was held for its eighth year in July with 14 children enrolled.
Project Picasso was held again in conjunction with Helena Second Saturdays.
ADAP hosted the Scenes of the South Painting Competition in September. Winners were 1st Place: Roohi Huq for Summer Snow; 2nd Place: John Woodridge for Bigelow Barn; and 3rd Place went to Cheryl Moore for Southern Breeze. All entries were exhibited at the Hunt Education Center in Helena for the months of October and November.
The first annual Southern Scenes Photography Competition was held in conjunction with Arkansas Heritage Month in May. Of the 41 entries, winners were James Henley for "Don's Bass"- First Place; Will Staley for "Church Ladies" - Second Place; and Patricia Smith for "Abandoned" - Third Place. Two honorable mentioned included Cheryl Moore for "Siblings" and Laura Miller for "Untitled #2".
In conjunction with Arkansas Heritage Month in May, ADAP hosted the RiverRidge Arts Market. This market offered a variety of arts and crafts from vendors around the state.
9th year for Camp Doodlebug with maximum of 25 students ages 7-12.
The 2nd Annual Scenes of the South Painting Competition was held in September. First place went to Aline McCracken for Kerlin Home; Second Place went to Cheryl Moore for Dinner; Third Place went to Ellen Alderson for Rain is Coming; and Honorable Mention went to Sandra Cotton for Cotton Fields. Artist and painting instructor Thomas Everett Green served as the judge.
ADAP was awarded an Arkansas Arts Council, Collaborative Project Support grant in the amount of $7,300 to support the production of the ThriveArts Residency program year-end exhibition. Collaborators on the grant included ADAP, Thrive, The Delta Cultural Center, and the Helena-West Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission. The grant aided in the December 1st multi-location, downtown Helena art exhibition titled “Zoned.” The event brought over 300 people to downtown Helena to experience contemporary art influenced by the Delta. Featured artists within the gallery setting included local artists as well as seven Thrive Artists in Residence from all over the country that had spent the last six months living and working in downtown Helena.
2017 Photography Contest judged by Emmy-Award Winning Director of Photography, Gabe Mayhan. Best in Show: "Nacho Man" by James Henley. Finalists: "Jake" by Tommy Wallace, and "Old Homeplace" by Anne Winchester. All entries exhibited at The Thrive Gallery at 310 Cherry St. in Downtown Helena
Through June 27, 2017.