CARS has from its beginnings spearheaded or supported a wide variety of media projects. Two were works of art dedicated to the development of tangible campus memorials of significant figures in the University’s history. A portrait by UA art professor John Newman of Reconstruction-era UA founder Joseph Carter Corbin was mounted by the entrance to Old Main’s Giffels Auditorium in XXXX, preceded by a statue by sculptor honoring distinguished scholar and English professor Ben Kimpel, erected in 1995 by the southwest corner entrance to the classroom building bearing his name.
Other CARS-initiated media projects have aimed at wider distribution throughout the state. Three documentary videos were distributed free of charge to public school educators and repeatedly broadcast on AETN (two of these are catalogued in the collection of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The first was Beautiful Thing: The Rugs of Jean Will, produced in 19XX, followed by Walking On: Journey of an Ozark Life, a portrait of Newton County maple syrup maker and ginseng digger Walter Williams (1993) and Music’s Easier: Frankie Kelly, Arkansas Fiddler and Stonemason (1997)
CARS has also produced two music reissue projects. The first was Somewhere in Arkansas: Early Commercial Country Music Recordings From Arkansas, 1928-1932, edited and transcribed by W.K. McNeil, a 3-CD collection issued in 1997 and made available without cost to public school and university teachers and libraries throughout the state. This was followed in 2003 by the 2-CD set, Anthology of Arkansas Folksongs, a fifty-seven song selection from the Mary Celestia Parler Collection of Arkansas traditional music in the Special Collections Division of the UA library, edited by Alan Spurgeon and Rachel Reynolds and also made available at no charge to Arkansas school teachers and libraries. Just over a decade later, the library successfully made the entire Parler collection available online—see Ozark Folksong Collection.