At Philanthropy Alliance, we strive to bring people together and create a sense of belonging and connection within our communities. As artists, our collaborative team recognizes the importance of art as a means of creative expression, therapeutic release of stress, and negative emotions. Targeting low-income populations, seniors and foster youth, our national arts initiative will provide life-long benefits.
April 3, 2019 - Conway, Arkansas
A a former Board Member, our Founder, Sherita Herring, was honored to serve on the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) Board (pictured with Conway's Mayor Bart Castleberry (back row, center).
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.
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.
Hosting classes with the Haven House Foster Home, Sherita volunteers her time to bring painting to the girls for positive expression and creativity.
Whether our participants are looking to explore, develop, or re-visit a hobby, meet new people, or enjoy a day out, our program meets them from right where they are with their artistic abilities. We have classes and workshops that are fun while providing one-on-one instruction.
Our Arts for the Aging program involves seniors painting classes, while also providing opportunities for seniors to sell their paintings, while helping to enhance has their mood and improve general well-being. Being a part of our arts program can even improve cognitive functions by producing new neural pathways. It can stir dormant memories, encourage speech, or spark nonverbal expressions such as smiles and laughter.