LITTLE ROCK — The Next Generation Advisory Committee of the Arkansas Humanities Council announces the following virtual programming for the month of May in the Crafting Arkansas Series:

May 4, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Introduction to Cross Stitch and Its Impact on Arkansas History. Join Victoria Chandler, Arkansas Made Researcher and Acting Curator of the Historic Arkansas Museum, to learn about the historical impact of cross stitch in Arkansas. Try the craft yourself with a demonstration of an introductory project from a representative of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Diamond Chapter. This is a two-part series, the second event will include more complex stitch work.

May 11, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Intermediate Cross Stitch and Its Impact on Indigenous Culture. The second in a two-part series, this event builds on skills learned in the first session with a demonstration of an intermediate project from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Diamond Chapter. Participants will gain knowledge of the historical impact of cross stitch on Native populations during American Indian Removal from Victoria Chandler, Arkansas Made Researcher and Acting Curator of the Historic Arkansas Museum.

May 18, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Crafting Arkansas: An Introduction to Canning Jams and the Craft’s Impact on Arkansas History. Michelle Carter, Ouachita District Food Preservation Expert, will demonstrate how to preserve fresh strawberries as jam using water bath canning techniques and answer questions about the canning process. Additionally, an overview of the craft’s impact on Arkansas History will be given by Jamie Middleton.

Registration links and event information are available at www.arkansashumanitiescouncil.org.

Formed in 2018, the Next Generation Advisory Committee members are a part of an innovative, team of individuals ages 18-35, who work closely with the Arkansas Humanities Council board and staff. The Advisory Committee participates in strategic planning and development of programs, initiatives, and grant opportunities. For information about the Arkansas Humanities Council or the NextGen Advisory Committee, visit www.arkansashumanitiescouncil.org. The Arkansas Humanities Council is a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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