Arkansas is a state with rich cultural and natural resources, but perhaps more importantly, it is rich with passionate advocates who work every day to protect, enhance, and celebrate the places that are meaningful to their communities. Historic preservation, as Arkansans well know, is important work because it is work done together. Through that work, strong ties are formed to both the place and to one another. Whether that is the work of sustaining a vibrant Main Street, creating a public space where community members can gather, supporting a new business, or bringing an important community symbol back to life, historic preservation is an activity that strengthens a community.
The Division of Arkansas Heritage has played no small role in this work. The programs and services administered by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Division of Arkansas Heritage, reach every corner of the state, supporting small businesses and promoting quality of life for residents in cities of all sizes. Within the AHPP grants program alone, funding has been provided to 170 cities and towns across the state, representing important investments in local symbols of community pride.