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Awards & Press

Governor's Arts Awards

Honoring individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the state’s tourism industry in the preceding year.

2017 Henry Award for Community Tourism Development, The Unexpected

2019 Community Tourism Development: Steve Clark, Founder


Arkansas Business Trendsetter

Acknowledges cities that are pioneering positive change and setting new standards for excellence.

2018 Fort Smith for The Unexpected.

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Fort Smith GRIT (Giving Recognition in Tourism) Award

Showcasing the accomplishments of finalists who demonstrate GRIT – within the area’s growing hospitality and tourism profession – through the dedication of their time, energy and expertise.

2016 Business Partner of the Year, 64.6 Downtown

2017 New Horizon Award,  The Unexpected

2017 Attraction Partner of the Year, The Unexpected


Arkansas Chapter of America Planning Association

2017 Achievement in Comprehensive Plan Development Award, Propelling Downtown Forward Masterplan

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ARTifact Forum & Gallery’s Short Film Festival in partnership with Able Arts Work

Able ARTS Work provide creative arts enrichment to marginalized and underserved communities.


2017 I AM WE


Entertainment Fort Smith 

 A regional magazine featuring a diverse, timely choice of cultural, entertainment and educational opportunities including feature articles on local leaders, performers, personalities, artists, businesspeople and community members whose activities are notable. 

2016, 2017, 2018 Favorite Art Exhibit, The Unexpected

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Southwest Times Record

The Southwest Times Record is a daily newspaper in Fort Smith, Arkansas and covers 10 counties in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma

2016, 2017 Success Story of the Year, The Unexpected

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