|Below are descriptions of all of our recurring events and programs. For a list of upcoming events, go to the Upcoming Events tab.
Monthly Happy Hours: Each month, CLR hosts a happy hour at a different venue. This serves as a gathering place and networking opportunity not only for members to meet and stay in touch, but for new members to learn more about the organization and how to get plugged in. For the date and location of the next Happy Hour, check the CLR Facebook page or the Upcoming Events section of this website.
Unplugged Speaker Series: A chance for Create Little Rock members to hear from and engage in dialogue with area business leaders in a casual atmosphere. Past speakers have included French Hill, Hugh McDonald, Marty Rhodes, and Millie Ward.
Dragon Boat Race Team: Each spring, Create Little Rock fields a team to compete in the River Cities Dragon Boat Festival benefiting the Children’s Protection Center.
Land in the Rock: Create Little Rock’s annual Land in the Rock program is a series of summer events designed to entertain interns, law clerks, and medical residents who are here for the summer and demonstrate to them what Little Rock has to offer, in hopes of their return after graduation. Learn more about Land in the Rock on our Land in the Rock tab.
Cocktails and Connections: A yearly networking event for all grad students in the Little Rock region, including those attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, William H. Bowen School of Law, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas at Little Rock MBA program, and the various other graduate programs at the UALR.
Clinton School Reception: Recognizing that a dynamic and geographically diverse group of individuals attend the Clinton School of Public Service each year, CLR hosts a reception for each new class to welcome them to the region.
PopUp in the Rock: an annual joint project between Create Little Rock and studioMAIN, a nonprofit design collective. It is part of a national movement known as the Better Block Project. It isn’t a street fair or a block party; rather, it’s a temporary urban demonstration – a live rendering – of what is possible. It exhibits important elements of the city, such as multiple transportation options and an active street edge, and provides activities that create community. This group of young professionals engages with community members to determine specific needs and institute changes such as bike lanes, pop-up shops, dining pop-ups, and entertainment. By transforming just a few blocks into a thriving, complete locale, PopUp in the Rock exemplifies the idea that developing potential, even block-by-block, can make our city better. Learn more about PopUp at our PopUp in the Rock tab and on our PopUp in the Rock Facebook page.
Get On Board: Get on Board is a program of Create Little Rock that matches young professionals with non-profit boards of directors in Central Arkansas. Over the past few years, CLR has matched around a dozen board “interns” with organizations such as the American Red Cross of Arkansas, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and First Tee of Arkansas. Get on Board participants use this opportunity to enhance their resume, get first-hand insight into the board member experience and network in the community.Several previous interns have been asked to remain as full-fledged members of the board they interned with. The extent of involvement is dependent on that person and the board they are matched with.The 2016 Get on Board application is available HERE!
Think Big Little Rock: Conceived and funded by Fifty for the Future, implemented in partnership with Create Little Rock, and facilitated by the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at UA Little Rock (AEDI), Think Big Little Rock has been a year-long strategic assessment aimed at improving the quality of place of the Little Rock region. The project is an inclusive and participatory process focused on an age group that traditionally has had little input in building Little Rock’s future.Over the past 12 months, the Think Big Little Rock initiative brought together a diverse group of young professionals, ages 25 to 40, to assess the community’s needs and, where possible, act as a catalyst for positive change. For the latest info, go to thinkbiglittlerock.com.