Erin Holliday joined the city board on May 14, 2019. She has a long history with the community and surrounding area due to Hot Springs being her hometown and residency since 2010.
Holliday began her career in the arts community through many different amenities including professional curatorial art handling and installation, commercial and community gallery management, art consulting and historic restoration. Since 2012, she has served as the executive director of Emergent Arts, which services emerging artists of all ages and abilities in the areas of performing, visual, and literary arts education year round, as well as, hosting community art exhibits and events.
Her interest in community development has been engrained through serving on the Community Development Advisory Committee (2013 – 2017) and the Planning Commission (2017-2019) of the City of Hot Springs. In March 2019, Holliday received the Professional Community and Economic Developer certification through the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas.
She now serves on the advisory board of Arkansans for the Arts and is the American’s for the Arts liaison and is also on the Arts Advocacy Day committee. In 2016, Holliday was one of three finalists for the Arkansas Nonprofit Professional of the Year. She also was invited to be in the inaugural class of Acansas Avante Garde society which recognizes outstanding artists and arts professional in Central Arkansas. In June 2018, she was also awarded the first Artist Residency through the Hot Springs Sister City Program, where she spent June 2018 in Hanamaki Japan representing the arts community of Hot Springs.