May 8, 2009
Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival Announces Poster Contest.
For the 24th year, the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival is inviting all artists to
enter its 2009 ABHF poster contest. The festival, organized by the Sonny Boy Blues Society,
is partnering with Southern Bancorp and the Arkansas Delta Arts Partnership (ADAP) in
accepting submissions. The winning artist will receive $800 and VIP status at the 2009
festival, to be held October 8-10 in downtown Helena-West Helena, AR. The winning entry
will be unveiled on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at Southern Bancorp, 502 Cherry Street in
downtown Helena-West Helena, AR. The artist will be requested to sign commemorative
posters at that time.
“We are very fortunate to have organizations like Southern and ADAP to be our
partners in this great event,” said Daniel Sims, Director of Community Development and
Outreach for the SBBS. “We are anticipating receiving some great entries from some of the
most talented artists from around the country, and helping further the mission of the SBBS
and our festival.”
The contest is open to artists from across the country. Entrants are asked to create
a piece of artwork on the medium of their choice that identifies with blues music, musicians,
and its cultural and historical heritage. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 1, 2009.
Three finalists will be selected from all entries, with the final winner being notified by mid-
July. The winner’s original artwork becomes the property of the SBBS. For more
information, interested parties may contact Daniel Sims at 870-816-1106 or Leigh Ann
Lammers at 870-816-1111.