Freeman Arts/Earth Center


The Freeman Arts/Earth Center is a community visioning project that strives to recognize the community's unique strengths in the arts and agriculture to catalyze strategic conversations around the potential for the arts and culture as an economic driver for the community and region.

Led by Freeman Education and Research (FE&R), a community non-profit, the initiative was founded in 2014 with the vision of creating a "center" that would act as the hub for this vision.

In late 2014, the project was awarded a $150,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts' “Our Town” program. With this landmark support, FE&R commissioned the University of Arkansas Community Design Center with the support of Koch-Hazard Architects to design the "hub facility" (now titled the “Freeman Performing Arts Center”).

Over the next 3 years, a focused, comprehensive conversation took place, involving over 50 individuals serving on 6 different taskforces working on issues related to the concept.

As of late summer 2017, a design for the facility has been finalized and focused conversations are underway with Freeman stakeholders and organizations regarding a site for the facility.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, please feel free to contact Project Director John Koch at