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Celebrating the Life of Edwin Alderson
The Murphy Arts District (MAD) lost one of its founders last week, Edwin Alderson. Edwin was arguably the greatest advocate for the City of El Dorado and certainly the thought-leader for the new arts district. He passed away October 5th, 2017, just four days after MAD's grand opening. Read More
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SXSW festival attendees in Austin, Texas. Image via Getty
America's Small Cities Are Betting Their Second Act on Festivals, Jezebel
“People were commenting, is that the real Migos that’s gonna be there or is that the Arkansas version of Migos?” laughs Terry Stewart, former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CEO, who is now one of the people getting Migos to play a show in El Dorado, Arkansas. Read More
Brad Paisley, left, and Smokey Robinson will perform during a celebration of the new Murphy Arts District in El Dorado, Ark. (John Shearer/Getty Images; Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
In a small Arkansas town, Brad Paisley and Smokey Robinson will open new arts district, LA Times
El Dorado, a historic oil boom town in southern Arkansas, will celebrate the grand opening of its new arts district by pulling out all the stops with performances by Brad Paisley, Ludacris and ZZ Top. Read More
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Going MAD in El Dorado: arts district breathes new life into former Arkansas oil boomtown, Lonely Planet
With the opening of a stunning new arts district, the tiny town of El Dorado, Arkansas is hoping for gold-rush tourism levels. A former oil boomtown, El Dorado is currently not high on the travel radar. But once MAD — the Murphy Arts District — opens on 27 September, leaders are hoping that the city will become a destination on a par with Marfa, Texas or Woodstock, New York. Read More
A family shops at a grocery store in El Dorado, AR in 1955
This Small Southern Town Is Spending $100 Million to Keep People from Leaving, Womansday.com
How far would your town go to ensure its prosperity? El Dorado, Arkansas,120 miles south of Little Rock, was once the state's wealthiest town. An oil boom in the 1920s brought a steady surge of people and economic growth for the first half of the 20th century, but by 2010, its population had dropped by several thousand, hovering at under 19,000—where it remains today. Read More