• After postponing almost a full year from its original projected opening date, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts is now set to reopen in spring of 2023. (Meet AMFA curator Dr. Catherine Walworth here.)

• Also in early 2023, a new UAMS Health Specialty Center will open in Premier Medical Plaza on Rodney Parham Road. It will house a urology clinic as well as an ambulatory surgery, interventional radiology and advanced imaging center.

• A $1.5-million two-to-one challenge grant from the Windgate Foundation to help build the new Stella Boyle Smith Music Center brings the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to about 60% of its fundraising goal and even closer to breaking ground on the East Village project. 



• Along with the challenge grant from Windgate, the ASO ended the fiscal year by raising nearly $49,000 for music education programs in Arkansas, marking its 13th year in the black.

World Services for the Blind received a $50,000 grant from the Riggs CAT/ Riggs Benevolent Fund for the remodel of a group home for blind and visually impaired adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

• The Arkansas Department of Higher Education awarded UA Pulaski Tech four grants totaling $1.35 million to support its aviation maintenance, collision repair, tractor trailer operation and tractor trailer servicing/diesel technology programs.



• City Year Little Rock welcomed Courtney Brown (above left) as its new director of impact.

• Jason Chacko (above center), Jennifer RalstonDay, Manoj Patel and Greg Williams have all joined the CARTI Foundation board.

• Longtime Arkansas Foodbank CEO Rhonda Sanders (above right) will step down from her role on Dec. 31.

• Baptist Health has a slew of leadership additions: Mike Perkins as president and Mackenzie Clyburn as associate vice president of hospital operations for the Little Rock medical center, Cody Walker as president of the North Little Rock center and Greg Crain as president of the central region.



• Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope Arkansas, received the Win Rockefeller Leader of the Year Award from the Adult Learning Alliance of Arkansas.

• The CARTI Breast Imaging Center has received a Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology, a multi-step designation process that is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. 

• Little Rock writer Mark Barr, author of the acclaimed novel "Watershed," has been awarded the 2022 Porter Fund Literary Prize, a fund recognizing and supporting Arkansas writers and poets.



The Arkansas Giving Guide is an annual resource highlighting local nonprofits and what they need for continued success. The publication runs in the October issue of Soirée, as well as in our sister publication, Arkansas Business.

If your nonprofit is interested in being part of the 2022 Giving Guide, email Mandy Richardson at by Friday, Aug. 12.