Starshine Narrative Summit


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Location: Robinson Center

Address: 426 W Markam St, Little Rock, AR 72203

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) announced it will partner with Reimagine Arkansas to host the Starshine Narrative Summit on June 30. With featured speakers including nationally-recognized bestselling authors, politicians and business leaders, the Summit will discuss the power of narratives that center on social justice and equity. 

“We are thrilled to facilitate an opportunity for grassroots advocates and community-based organizations to come together for a day of thought-provoking discussions, hands-on workshops and inspiring speakers,” said Rev. Shantell Hinton-Hill, senior equity officer at WRF. “We aim to collaborate and create a bold new roadmap and narrative that prioritizes the voices of Arkansans and shifts perceptions, behavior and policy to build more equitable futures.”

The Summit’s keynote speakers include: 

  • Rev. Cory Anderson, chief innovation officer at WRF
  • Former Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott
  • New York Times bestselling author Ayana Gray
  • Dr. Carmen Rojas, president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Arkansas State Senator Clarke Tucker
  • Harvey Williams, co-founder and CEO of Delta Dirt Distillery

"The Starshine Narrative Summit will center those closest to the challenges and solutions to build a collective vision for the future that works for everyone,” said Sara Bishop of Reimagine Arkansas. “By bringing together artists, advocates, funders and legislators, we believe we can tap into the imaginative power needed to write a bold new narrative for Arkansas." 

Last fall, WRF launched the H.E.A.L. Narrative Lab, a $1.08 million capacity-building investment aimed toward helping six nonprofit organizations shift the public conversation about how everyday Arkansans can thrive in the state. 

The Starshine Narrative Summit is a free event held from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. June 30 at the Robinson Center in Little Rock. Click here to register.