Lincoln, Pryor, Berry Announce Rural Development Funds for Ozark Heritage Center in Leslie

Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) today announced that the Ozark Heritage Art Center in Leslie will receive a $34,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant to purchase a new heating and air conditioning unit along with new restroom plumbing.

“This investment will enhance residents’ and visitors’ experiences as they enjoy local music, theatre and art at the Ozark Heritage Art Center,” Lincoln said. “This facility is a great place to learn about the rich history of the Ozark region, and I am pleased that these funds will allow Arkansans and tourists to better appreciate our state’s unique history and culture.”

“The Ozark Heritage Center in Leslie is a local treasure and a great place for families to learn about the region’s history and culture. I am pleased that these funds will help the Center better serve its patrons,” Pryor said.

“The Art Center not only plays a vital role to the community as a tourist attraction, but also in capturing the rich art and history of the Ozarks,” Berry said. “This funding will help us preserve that important narrative that helps tell the story of Arkansas.”

USDA Rural Development grants support public facilities and services, promote economic development, and offer technical assistance to help address the diverse and unique needs of rural communities.