Austin Barrow, President and COO of El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District, Arkansas Life
YOU MAY NOT think of El Dorado as a hotbed for the performing arts. But you’d be wrong. This is largely due to the efforts of visionary Austin Barrow, a native son who returned home to help create what we now know as the Murphy Arts District, which opened to much fanfare this September. Read More
Austin Barrow
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,
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
The Griffin Restaurant
Boom Town, Do South Magazine
From September 27 through October 1, a trove of iconic musicians will be performing in El Dorado, Arkansas. Lyle Lovett, Train, ZZ Top, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and Smokey Robinson, headline four days of music along with many other great musicians.  Read More
El Dorado, AR
The 12 Best US Cities to Visit If You Love Music, Pop Sugar
While a hub for arts and music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Southern state of Arkansas, the town of El Dorado — a historic oil boomtown — is changing perceptions. Read More