The list of activities for ArtsFest 2011 is growing longer, says committee chairman Judi Moore.

Kirk Jordan of Conway, the Governor’s photographer, will again photograph the event, as he did in 2009. Photographs from that weekend later became part of an exhibit in the City Hall Gallery.

ArtsFest has stretched to two weekends, beginning with a concert in Simon Park by the Conway Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Sept. 23; a concert on Saturday night, Sept. 24, featuring several local bands; a visit from the Arts Center’s Artmobile beginning from Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, in the Log Cabin Democrat parking lot; a puppet film created by Heather Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter; Conway Film Festival at ThatChurch; and a dance performance by Blackbird Academy closing the event on Sunday, Oct. 2.

In between will be art exhibits by various groups, the Third-ever Conway Civic Club Chili Cookoff Challenge and KidZone, a hands-on opportunity for little creatives on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Simon Park in Downtown Conway.

In an interesting closing of a poetic loop, there will be a dedication of the mural next door to The Art School, a project of Jo Claire Dodson and her students.

The centerpiece of the first ArtsFest was the dedication of “Aurora Rising,” the mural on the side of City Hall, a project led by muralist Morton Brown and painted by dozens of students and others interested in having a “hand” in the iconic work that has been the backdrop for many special events in Simon Park.

The ArtsFest committee is meeting weekly. For more information, contact Judi Moore at 548-5224.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)