Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative utilizes heritage tourism, local product and skill development, and regional promotion and branding to generate economic development, while preserving the rural character of the Arkansas Delta bordering the Mississippi River.
One of the most prominent successes of the initiative is the Arkansas DeltaMade program, which brands and markets unique, locally-made products and provides technical and financial assistance to small entrepreneurs and links to heritage-based opportunities.
Since joining the program and gaining a web presence for the first time in the history of her business, one participating artisan, Gail Miller of Miller's Mud Mill, has increased her sales enough to hire two new seasonal workers, expanded her hand-thrown and glazed pottery product catalog with a Delta-themed line, and begun to market her pottery with references to the influence of the land and region. Visit www.arkansasdeltamade.com to learn more about Miller's Mud Mill and the other local businesses participating in the program.
Begun as a pilot program funded by the Kellogg Foundation, the Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative has already demonstrated a significant impact in the region. With support from National Trust staff in Washington, DC and its partner, Arkansas Delta Byways, the RHDI will continue to expand its scope with public and private funds.
The Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative is one of many important preservation projects and activities in the Southwest Region.For more information about how to contribute to the Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative or other fundraising priorities in the Southwest Region, please contact Alec Raday, Individual Giving Officer, at (202) 588-6188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.