My family and I share a special bond to Cherokee Village.  Before there was ever an established community, my father remembers arriving here by dirt road as a young boy on his way to camp.  In the early 1970’s my parents settled in Cherokee Village and raised – and continue to raise – their family here.  This is home.


For decades, families have sought out the rustic beauty and simple, small town values found here.  This is truly a place of retreat, rest and renewal.


It is our privilege to carry on what John Cooper, the legendary community developer, started here 60 years ago. 


I invite you to journey through our community in these pages and discover for yourself what my family and so many others love about Cherokee Village.

Jonathan Rhodes
Community Developer



Graycen Colbert Bigger has worked in the arts and education sector as a lecturer, researcher and director for most of her professional career.  As the Director of Placemaking for Cherokee Village, she leverages arts and culture to spur economic growth and improve quality of life through initiatives such as the Spring River Innovation Hub and the town center redevelopment.  She is also an adjunct professor of art history for the Arkansas State University System, specializing in the business of art and Southern culture and currently serves as the Arkansas Outreach and Resourcing Coordinator for the DRA-funded Ozark Artisan Innovation Hub Feasibility Study, which seeks to help rural artisans create a more sustainable living. Graycen also works as a photojournalist for the Arkansas Business Publishing Group, covering business development in Northeast Arkansas.  Her civic commitments include Rotary, Village Pride, Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Center of North Arkansas.  Graycen comes to Cherokee Village from Pocahontas, Arkansas, and holds a MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York as well as bachelor degrees in the history of art and photojournalism from Arkansas State University. 

"I feel that my collective work experiences throughout my career have all contributed towards providing me with the necessary tools and skills to be successful with the challenges that lay ahead. And while there are many, there are equally as many opportunities with the incredible heritage and community spirit that continues to thrive here in CV."

Graycen Colbert Bigger
Director of Placemaking