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Comprehensive Campaign


CSA Reaches Major Milestone!

Thank You Gov. Hutchinson for $1 Million


CSA is delighted to announce that we have been awarded $750,000 from the Mabee Foundation after completing their challenge!

Thanks to your help we raised $3.7 million in 2021!


"The Mabee Foundation is proud to support the Community School of the Arts and its mission to integrate arts education with leadership training for kids who often have no access to either.  We expect this new facility to expand CSA’s influence throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma for many years to come."

-Michael Goeke, Executive Director

To date we have raised ​$10 Million for the new Center for the Creative Arts!

Total Capital Funds Raised

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Thank You to the Sunderland Foundation!

The Sunderland Foundation has provided an additional gift of $250,000 to the Inspiring Excellence Campaign to build the Center for the Creative Arts!

That brings their grand total to $500,000!


We are so very profoundly grateful to the Sunderland Foundation Board for their important vote of confidence for this project. Together, we will make this dream a reality!


"Since its inception in 1945, the Sunderland Foundation has focused on supporting projects in higher education, health care, youth-serving organizations, and civic and cultural areas of interest,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Randy Vance. “By supporting these types of construction and special interest projects, the Sunderland Foundation fosters a stronger, safer and more vibrant future for the communities we serve.  We are pleased to support the important work underway at the Community School of the Arts.”        

 - Randy

   J. Randall Vance

   President & Chief Operating Officer



Thank you Arvest Bank for your support!

Susan Hutchinson First Lady of Arkansas & Honorary Co-Chair of CSA Campaign


"The Community School of the Arts can only add to the uniqueness and distinction of Fort Smith from her years as a Wild West Military Outpost to that of sophistication and culture. Our young people and community will benefit for years to come with this new legacy for Fort Smith. I hope you will join me in making this so."

Creative students are no longer taking a back seat but are now rising to the forefront as leaders of change and as the role models for society. This is a powerful change that has far-reaching effects. Artists are going to be the leaders of the future and CSA is pioneering that future for our region!


Campaign Leadership

Meet Our Campaign Leadership

Dr. Rosilee Russell, Founder/Executive Director

Dr. Phillip Russell, Director of Development

Honorary Co-Chairs:

Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson

Mary Carleton Young

Kathy Coleman


Dr. Rick Foti, Wayne King, Bennie Westphal,

Mr. Gary & Judge Amy Grimes, Mr. Keith & Dr. Deborah Braboy

Drs. Phillip & Rosilee Russell, Deana Griffith,

Jamie More, Jeannie Cole, David Cravens

Rham Cunningham, Randy McFarland, Jim Rowland,

Randy Strickland, Elizabeth Yarbrough

Advisors to the Cabinet:

Dr. Cole & Staci Goodman, Ben Shipley,

Brooke Loe, Sandy Dixon

CSA Board:

Jamie Moore, Robin Clegg, Jeannie Cole, Lindsey Conley,

Karen Farris, Randy McFarland, Ben Shipley,

Karen Slagle, Melissa Udouj, Peggy Walter


Founding Board Members:

Selena Bartmier, Dr. Rick Foti, Wayne King,

Jim Rowland, Robert Wight, Mary Carleton Young

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