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Arts in April, the annual South Arkansas Community College celebration of the arts in all of its various forms, will include six different events throughout the month. All are free to attend.

Local poet Jim Barton, who has won nearly 400 awards since 2006, will speak about the creative process and read some of his own works, including poems from his latest book "Dirty Little Town," at 12:15 p.m. on April 10 in the Cypress-Oak Room at the El Dorado Conference Center.

SouthArk music professor Victoria Harden will present an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at First Presbyterian Church. She will play from the works of Kenneth Leighton, Caesar Franck, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolaus Bruhns and Charles Marie Widor; the performance will be followed by a reception, hosted by the SouthArk Foundation, in the church fellowship hall.

Broadway actor and singer Craig Schulman, the director and star of the local production of "Les Miserables," will discuss his theatrical career at 12:15 p.m. on April 15 in the Cypress-Oak Room at the El Dorado Conference Center. Schulman has appeared in the lead roles of "Jekyll and Hyde," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables."

The spring recital for SouthArk music students will be at 12:15 p.m. on April 24 in the west concourse of the El Dorado Conference Center.

SouthArk visual art students will have an exhibit and sale in the El Dorado Conference Center on April 24-29.

The 17th annual Writers' Ink awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on April 27 in Murphy Hall at the conference center. About 375 Union County high-school students participated in the creative-writing contest; the work of 46 were selected for publication in the Writers' Ink literary magazine, which is published by the college, edited by the SouthArk faculty and judged by members of the faculty and staff. A reception will follow the ceremony.

For more about Arts in April, contact liberal arts dean Phil Ballard at (870) 864-7156.