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  • Writer's pictureSonny Kay

Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce the 10th annual HOT WATER HILLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, taking place on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2022. The festival takes place at Hill Wheatley Plaza at 605 Central Ave. in downtown Hot Springs National Park.

The lineup this year is a fiery mix of exciting performers from around the south, including HILLBILLY CASINO (Nashville, TN), THE MASK OF THE PHANTASM (Austin, TX - special lineup featuring Thomas Pridgen/ex-The Mars Volta & Kelen Capener/ex-The Story So Far), returning VOV headliners VARIOUS BLONDE (Kansas City, MO), THE 40 ACRE MULE (Dallas, TX), OPTIC SINK (Memphis, TN), KAIROS (Austin, TX), HAYEFIELD (Little Rock, AR), ANNIE FORD (Little Rock, AR), BOOTLEG ROYALE (Fayetteville, AR), JONIVAN JONES (Oklahoma City, OK), COSMIC CREAM (Hot Springs, AR), TURTLE RUSH (Hot Springs, AR), and SPA CITY YOUNGBLOODS (Hot Springs, AR).

Back after an absence of three full years, Hot Water Hills is rested up, vaxxed and ready to rock! HWH features artists, vendors, kids activities, food and refreshments, and more. It's open to all ages, and children 12 and under enter free. Doors open at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 30. From noon until 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, festival entry is free for everyone. Ticketed entry begins once again at 4:00 on Saturday with the commencement of live music. Tickets go on sale September 1. For the most recent updates and info, check the website at and follow Low Key Arts on Facebook!

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  • Writer's pictureSonny Kay

Low Key Arts is pleased to announce the hiring of Jen Gerber to fill the role of Film Program Director, a position she has held as a freelancer since 2014. Under her guidance, both the Arkansas Shorts film festival (founded in 2007) and Inception to Projection Filmmaking Program (founded in 2010) have grown by leaps and bounds. Initially (and in some cases, still) a forum for eccentric Hot Springs locals, Arkansas Shorts now boasts hundreds of submissions annually. Formerly the executive director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Jen is an Arkansas filmmaker with an MFA in writing and directing from Columbia University (NYC), with two decades of experience and a thorough understanding of the industry. As a filmmaking instructor, previously at Columbia College Chicago, the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) in Los Angeles and New York City, the University of Central Arkansas as well as Low Key Arts, she has literally hundreds of success stories under her belt. Students come to her as novices and leave with a level of expertise some might not feel possible within the short framework of the program. Her track record speaks for itself and we are thrilled to welcome her aboard “officially”, once and for all!

Jen’s hiring dovetails with the single biggest grant the organization has ever received, from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust of Arkadelphia, AR. Low Key Arts was recently awarded $28,146 by the Trust to purchase equipment for a computer editing lab supporting Inception to Projection, allowing it to be completely self-sufficient for the first time. Our gratitude to the Sturgis Trust is beyond measure and we are truly humbled by their belief in us. We could not be more proud of the continued success of Inception to Projection and the support and recognition it is receiving that it so thoroughly deserves.


With the above in mind, we are also pleased to announce that Arkansas Shorts - A Weekend of Short Film will for the first time feature CASH PRIZES for Best Film and Audience Choice! The first $1000 in prizes are sponsored by Starlite Club of Hot Springs, currently closed for remodeling but back in action by the time the 16th annual Arkansas Shorts rolls around January 6-8, 2023 - save the dates! Submissions are now open for Arkansas Shorts via with the early bird deadline rapidly approaching on August 1.

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  • Writer's pictureSonny Kay

Updated: Jun 13, 2022


Low Key Arts presents San Antonio 4-piece AMYGDALA for a brief, intimate appearance at Garland County Library auditorium at 1427 Malvern Ave. on Monday, June 27, 2022.

Amygdala will perform at 6:00 PM sharp, we advise arriving early.

All ages are welcome, $5 donations for the band highly encouraged.

Hear Amygdala at

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