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Conway - cultural capital of Arkansas?

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Since I've arrived in Arkansas in September, I've been impressed with the cultural offerings in Conway. It's about an hour from Little Rock and quite a few of my friends and colleagues commute from there. It's pretty amazing that Conway has hosted cultural luminaries such as Dave Eggers, Jane Smiley, the Ballet Folklorico, and the Soweto Gospel Choir. I imagine that these guests simply arrive at the Little Rock airport and zoom straight to Conway. When I asked people about that, they often respond that it's the presence of Hendrix College and the University of Central Arkansas that makes the difference. Indeed, NPR this morning cited Hendrix as a "hidden-gem college". It's just ironic that so many bright students come to Arkansas to attend institutions like Hendrix, and yet so few Arkansas students go on to university, let alone go out of state.
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