Conway Alliance for the Arts is a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit that promotes local artistic endeavors and connects the community through ArtsFest and the Arts Awards.

Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) was created by arts faculty and administrators from the University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, and Central Baptists College in 2006. CAFTA held the inaugural ArtsFest in 2007 at Simon Park in downtown Conway to celebrate the arts and build community. CAFTA was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in the state of Arkansas in October 2014. Visual and performing artists have been involved with CAFTA from its inception.

CAFTA is run by an all-volunteer board and relies on community volunteers, local business sponsors, and city partners to help carry out our mission. The board believes in the power of art to cultivate awareness, create mutual understanding, and build vibrancy in our community. We want people who attend one of our events, exhibits, or workshops to walk away knowing Conway is a city where the arts are celebrated, valued, and prioritized.

CAFTA Board of Directors 2021

Ronald Jensen-McDaniel
2021 ArtsFest Co-Chair

Tracie Spivey

Kristen Spickard
2021 ArtsFest Ex-Officio

Nakeya Palmer
2021 ArtsFest Co-Chair

Amanda Cheatham

Bart Dooley

Julia Dossett Morgan

Jaimee Jensen-McDaniel

Katy O’Neal Killingsworth

Melanie Watson

Hannah Hanshaw

Nick Palmer

Help us celebrate the arts in Conway.