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2016 – Grants for projects programs are now available. For details, please visit the Arkansas Arts Council  link.


AIE Arts Curriculum Project

Awarded to help support special projects that foster the inclusion of the arts in school curriculum. Arts in Education Roster artists or outside consultants may be used to provide special expertise.

AIE After-School/Summer Residency

Places professional artists in residencies outside the school environment, school day or school year. The settings include after-school and summer programs and can be located in community centers, low income housing projects, juvenile facilities, social service centers, parks/recreation programs, boys and girls clubs and other community-based or governmental organizations and institutions.

AIE Arts for Lifelong Learning Mini-Grants

Short-term residencies of up to 10 days where professional artists listed on the AIE roster provide hands-on arts activities for adult populations in community-based or governmental organizations and institutions. An in-service workshop may also be included in the mini-residency program.

AIE In-School Residency Program

Places professional artists in residencies during the school day or school year at specific school sites or in conjunction with other not-for-profit community or government organizations and institutions. These residencies may last from 10 days to the entire school year.

AIE Mini-Grants

The Arts in Education Mini-Grants are short-term residencies of up to 10 days where professional artists provide curriculum-based arts activities in a school environment or other location, or provide a teachers’ professional development workshop. Artists must be selected from the Arts in Education Artist Roster.

Aftertime Tales

After Time Tales

After Time Tales by Laura Botsford


     The secret was not far away perhaps you may have heard it yourself?

   Not long ago, right around the time you born, a light filled the world once more. You see, it had been a long time coming, for there was a time when the world was dark and plagued with an awful ruler. His name was Yicca the Awful and he was known to rob people of their joy and leave them helpless. He had a league of many angry and bothersome people called the Angerdahs who sought out happy people and made them all grouchy, uncaring and hopeless.

   This was until the great day on Harp Wind Hill, when the people of Emeria all joined hands and prayed. They put their hands up in the air and light beams came straight out of their palms. Their mouths opened and they spoke only loving words. Each word spilled over the mountain and out into the air until the Angerdahs melted into pools of aqua sea drops and many fish came to spur them out to sea, where they are adrift to this day.

   The people of Emeria rejoiced, they gathered flowers and put them in a basket of light and sent them to Moorea, the gypsy king, who in exchange promised them all wishes of their own. And because they knew how to make and believe, they are coming true.

   Travel with Emma and Brody as they are called to adventures from the Land Of Emeria to help bring the knowledge of Make and Believe to other lands. Watch how they defeat the Angerdahs and Yicca the Awful. Erase your fears and gather your love into a vision of how you too can make the world a better place to live in.

About After Time Tales

Travel with Emma and Brody as they are called to adventures from the Land Of Emeria to help bring the knowledge of Make and Believe to other lands. See how they defeat the Angerdahs and Yicca the Awful. Erase your fears and gather your love into a vision of how you too can make the world a better place to live in with kindness, a fun circus to restore the thrones of contentment and joy.

This tale is an adventure of the power of Make and Believe, a true teaching tale in positive thinking.

Now available on lulu.com with color illustrations. $20.00

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year from Neverlands in 2014 !

Best Wishes and Prosperity in Mind, Body and Most of all Spirit!

Illustration by Teddi Rutchman

Illustration by Teddi Rutschman

Poetry of Youth by Laura Botsford

Oh that when the doors of midnight swings open, that the threshold of a prosperous new year be shown

With  wondrous places, belief and recognition that all our childhood fairs have known

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New Year Press

Whispering Spring Musical- April 29th-2013

The play is a tremendous success! The children were fabulous and best of all, everyone that came to see it felt the hope of spring.  There will be DVD’s available soon of the performance, so reserve your copy in the school office or on my website. Here is a little preview of the opening song.

Whispering Spring Musical-2013 Portland Elementary

Whispering Spring Musical-2013 Portland Elementary

2013- Press Release- March 6th-

Whispering Spring

Natural Sister

Arriving soon in the regal rural area in Southeast Arkansas is a project called, Whispering Spring. It plans to be an original play by the Students of Portland Elementary in the Spring, under the direction of Laura Botsford.
Original music by Laura Botsford.

Frozen in Spring

We are silent, like snow in winter, falling gently down from clouds  above us

Lost in a sea-son so cold with reasons to be sad with our smiles lying on the ground

They are waiting in the earth a-round us; they are waiting to bloom with rain.

We are the voices of all spring’s hope. We all remember nature’s song
Though you can’t see us we will soon surround you and change your tears into

The smiles where you be-long

We are just frozen in time just waiting for love to wake us, all once a-gain.

Come hold the hands of sun-rays forgiveness be kind to all in the words you say

The earth is waiting for you to shine like sun-light smell every rose a-long the way.

Instrumental:  Come feel the joy of life that’s beginning; op-en the flower of all you are

(tag) The flower of all you are

WPDB Radio Show

Oasis in the Delta

Come see the Show! If you miss it we will have pod casts and radio time later after the final Performance! Family Friendly  with Chicken Spaghetti, Salad, Homemade Bread and Tea.

A good time shall be had by all-

. Pod Cast

Our upcoming summer is going to feature some programs for kids at the farmers market. recyle art, can planters, seed art and who knows. What is your idea?

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Recycle wood art

Wooden scrap shapes were painted and arranged on a wooden board. This was a summer project for the Museum of Chicot County and Neverlands Inc.  Arts event. Neverlands offers free consulting to enhance your fund raiser, events and cultural history programs.

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Tooty Fruity

   The people of our fair village in Portland, Arkansas have all formed a city wide circle of friends and neighbors.

Our wonderful group is called the

Portland Downtown Beautification Project

Non-profit Neverlands Inc. Arts is planning some very unique, and wonderfilled  exciting programs for all of             the community.

Soon it will be picking time and with the start of the summer season we plan to bring an artist in to work with our area kids with a  hands on workshop to polish up their drawing skills.  How about some local farm and garden tools in works of cool  recycled art?  Let’s make some  Tooty Fruity projects to commenmerate our first Farmers Market event downtown. What can an old can become or a piece of fruit? Check back to see what our kids come up with.  In the meantime, you can be thinking of what dress will your orange be wearing?

   –  Mrs. Potato Head