HARK Festival

History of the Ark-La-Tex

October 12, 2019

LSU Shreveport campus

HARK Festival is an innovative competition that encourages a hands-on approach to local history.

Students can explore family, community, or regional history and present their findings through a variety of media: writing, visual arts, handcrafts, and entertainment.





A1. Poem

A2. Short Story


B1. Essay

B2. Creative


Visual Arts

C. Painting


E. Drawing

F. Photography

G. Digital Arts

H. Film and Animation


I. Textiles           




K1. Individual

K2. Band

K3. Choir

L. Recipes

M. Storytelling

About Hark Festival 

What is HARK?

The HARK Festival celebrates the history and heritage of the Ark-La-Tex (Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas) region. HARK encourages students to explore the history of our area and express their findings creatively. Held in conjunction with the Pioneer Heritage Center’s Open Day on the campus of Louisiana State University Shreveport, our festival features a competition for students to display their knowledge of Ark-La-Tex culture through writing, art, music, handcrafts, and more.

What do you mean by heritage?

When we talk about heritage, we mean why our area is the way it is. Heritage is the history and cultures that contributed to the beautiful, unique feel of the Ark-La-Tex and its people. We have a special history that makes this place we call home so wonderful!

We want to celebrate the history, arts, crafts, music, food, and stories of those who came before us and helped us become who we are now.

Who can enter?

Anyone who is currently registered as homeschooled or as a student in a K-12 school, college, or university, public or private, is eligible to participate in HARK. As part of the entry form, tell us if you reside in the Ark-La-Tex, attend school in the Ark-La-Tex, and how your project examines Ark-La-Tex history.



Student Entry Forms accepted between August 1

and 5 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on September 27.

HARK -- History of the Ark-La-Tex
What: FREE Festival and Student Competition
When: October 12, 2019
Where: LSU Shreveport