Arts & The Park Events

The Arts & The Park 2021 Festival is scheduled for April 30 – May 9. HSACA is working to update the calendar of events to reflect evolving Covid-19 guidelines. The 2021 festival will utilize virtual, in-person, indoor, and outdoor events. We ask that all participants at live events practice social distancing and wear a mask. Please visit the links below to view the offerings for the 2021 Arts & The Park festival.

Poetry Showcase by Elmer Beard

Hosted by: HSACA

Event Type: Performance

May 2, 2021 Starting at: 2:00 PM til: 3:00 PM, Doors Open:

Hill Wheatley Plaza

Hot Springs, AR 71901


Every town wishes they had an Elmer Beard, but he is one of a kind and he is the heart and soul of Hot Springs. Elmer is a published author, poet, retired educator, community activist, and self-described octo-griot. Elmer’s fierce dedication to his community has led to a lifetime of service and leadership.  He authored two self-published books, “The Challengers: Untold Stories of African Americans Who Changed the System in One Small Southern Municipality” and “Let Reason Roll: Race, Religion & Reflections,” a book of poetry. Beard has been a 30-year staple at Wednesday Night Poetry and as an octo-griot, will use his beautiful voice to share his history with our community during an on-stage poetry showcase at Art Springs.

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Audience Ages: All Ages
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