An­thony Tid­well, 43

Bar­ber at Tim’s Bar­ber Shop and founder of Cutwell 4 Kids (C4K)


Who is An­thony Tid­well?

I am a na­tive of Hot Springs. I re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Arts De­gree in Gen­eral Stud­ies with a mi­nor in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion from Arkansas Tech Univer­sity in Rus­sel­lville in 2007. In 2012, I re­ceived train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a Men­tal Health Para-Pro­fes­sional while work­ing with Birch Tree Com­mu­ni­ties. I have also worked as an as­sis­tant bas­ket­ball coach at Morrilton High School and have been vol­un­teer­ing for the South Con­way County School Dis­trict for over 10 years. I be­long to the Hot Springs Cul­tural Al­liance, which is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports the arts of the greater area of Hot Springs. I am a bar­ber at Tim’s Bar­ber Shop 300 E. Grand Ave., the cor­ner­stone of our com­mu­nity! I am also the founder of Cutwell 4 Kids (C4K), a 501(c)(3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion de­signed to help the chil­dren in the com­mu­nity through the vis­ual arts. My ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with young peo­ple with be­hav­ioral prob­lems helped to in­spire the vi­sion and need for the cre­ation of the Cutwell 4 Kids or­ga­ni­za­tion.

I have been mar­ried to my high school sweet­heart, Chan­dra Tid­well, for over 20 years. My son, Trevor Tid­well, who is 19 years old, at­tends New Tyler Bar­ber Col­lege, which is the same col­lege that my grand­fa­ther and my son’s great-grand­fa­ther and I grad­u­ated from. My 16-year-old daugh­ter, Kyn­dra Tid­well, loves to sing in the church choir and loves to work for Cutwell 4 Kids. She man­ages the face paint­ing depart­ment.

What one ex­pe­ri­ence in your life really de­fined you?

In the early 80s, my fam­ily and I lived in At­lanta dur­ing the At­lanta child killing spree for 22 months. Wayne Wil­liams ter­ror­ized the city, ul­ti­mately killing 29 young African-Amer­i­cans, two of whom were my class­mates. Af­ter that, for nearly a year, no words es­caped my lips. To this day I still have trou­ble with my speech. Through draw­ing and paint­ing, how­ever, I was able to work through the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence and de­velop the courage to speak again.

What do you love about Hot Springs?

Hot Springs is one of the most beau­ti­ful cities in the world with A-plus sky­line, ar­chi­tec­ture, history, lakes, trees, a thriv­ing down­town, and a city that loves the arts. In Hot Springs, I feel like I’m home!

What do you enjoy do­ing for fun and re­lax­ation?

For re­lax­ation, I meet once a week with Gary Simmons, the pen wiz­ard’s draw­ing group for two hours. This is like ther­apy for me, and I am so ap­pre­cia­tive of how Gary and his group make me feel like fam­ily. I also have fun at Tim’s Bar­ber Shop. Our cus­tomers are the best. There is never a bor­ing day at Tim’s. I also enjoy watch­ing cow­boy movies. My fa­ther would al­ways watch old cow­boy films be­fore he went to bed af­ter a long day at work and I have found the same peace.

Tell us some­thing few peo­ple know about you.

Some­thing that most peo­ple do not know about me is that I love cow­boy movies. My fa­vorite is “Un­for­given.” My fa­vorite quote from a cow­boy movie is from Clint East­wood who said “Dy­ing ain’t much of a liv­ing, boy.”

Where do you see Hot Springs 10 years from now?

In 10 years, it is my hope that down­town Hot Springs will in­crease di­ver­sity, commerce and fes­ti­vals and will also en­hance its ex­ist­ing fes­tiv­i­ties and build­ings which will ul­ti­mately make Hot Springs the “Hottest Spot” in Arkansas.

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