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Starshine: Charting AR Futures Narrative Summit
The Robinson Center
Downtown Little Rock
June 30, 2023

Working together to write a bold new story for Arkansas that shines brightly for future generations.

Join us as we chart the future of Arkansas through the power of narrative that centers on equity and justice for everyone. This free, inaugural summit will feature nationally-recognized keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, and community-building conversations for an audience representing:






Community Leaders


Artists and Media


Advocates and Organizers


People of Faith

Topics Will Explore

  • Movement Leadership

  • Narrative Change & Power-Building

  • Participatory Storytelling

  • Power-Shifting Grantmaking

  • Sci-Fi and Justice Futures

  • Arts and Media Collaborations

  • Community-Building Campaigns

  • Faith-Based Activism

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Why Starshine?

Drawing inspiration from Lucille Clifton's poem, won’t you celebrate with me,the one-day Starshine Summit invites Arkansans to come together to imagine a brighter future. In the space between the clay of earthbound oppressions and the starshine of infinite joy lies the promise of a more just and equitable Arkansas - a place where everyone can thrive.

The Starshine Summit will mine the transformative power of narrative, challenge dominant ideas that reinforce oppression and inequality, and amplify voices that aim to create a better future for all. Together, let's shape a new Arkansas that harnesses the power of collective imagination and centers justice and joy for our families and communities.

keynote Speakers


Joyce Elliott

Ayana Gray

Former Arkansas State Senator

New York Times-Bestselling Author

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Dr. Carmen Rojas

President & CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation


 Clarke Tucker

Harvey Williams

Arkansas State Senator

Co-Founder & CEO, Delta Dirt Distillery

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Parking at the Venue:

Park in the underground DoubleTree/Robinson Center combined garage, at Markham & Spring St. You can park on any level after receiving a ticket from the parking attendant ($2/hr, $12 max). Enter the building through the doors by handicapped-designated parking. Inside, there will be signs that will direct you to where you need to be. Other nearby parking options:

  • $2/hr, $12 max- Convention District Parking Deck at 2nd & Main St (Public deck located only a few blocks southeast of the Robinson Center).
    $2/hr, $12 max-
    River Market Parking Deck at River Market Ave & 2nd St (In the heart of the River Market District). 

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