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Children's Theatre Announces 16-17 Season Lineup

The 2016-2017 season of the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre, presented by Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, will feature six Main Stage shows: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Sept. 23 – Oct. 9); Winnie-the-Pooh (Oct. 28 – Nov. 13); The Elves and the Shoemaker (Dec. 2-18); The Laughable Legend of Fancybeard the Bully Pirate (Feb. 3-19, 2017); Fancy Nancy The Musical (March 10 – April 2, 2017) and Rapunzel (April 28 – May 14, 2017).

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Music, Learning and Fun Combine in AACCT Production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! 

The Schoolhouse Rock cartoon may be decades old now, but this fresh, live-theatre adaptation will spark the wide-eyed wonder of new discovery in our youngest generation while inviting smiles of toe-tapping, lip-synching nostalgia from the rest of us. Get ready to relive those fun-filled afternoons in front of the TV; Schoolhouse Rock Live! is coming to the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre March 4-25. 

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Lange-Burchfield Programming Announced

The Arkansas Arts Center will offer several programs and events to complement the exhibitions Dorothea Lange's America and Industrial Beauty: Charles Burchfield's Black Iron, including lecture and late night events, a film screening, gallery talks, free family art-making events, a reading list courtesy of the Central Arkansas Library System and more. Visit the AAC Calendar of Events for more information: arkansasartscenter.org/events.

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AACCT Presents The Odyssey for Final Studio Show of 15/16 Season

For two weekends only, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will bring Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, vibrantly alive in a fusion of music, dance, mime, masks and choral effects as part of the theatre’s Studio Show series. Running February 19-28, The Odyssey tells the story of King Odysseus who enduring Poseidon’s wrath, faces witches, sirens and a cyclops as he wends his way—literally through Hell and high water—to his home and the long-suffering love of his Queen Penelope.

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Witness Life as Art at the AAC in February

The Arkansas Arts Center will welcome three major exhibitions and a special loan in February: Dorothea Lange’s America, Industrial Beauty: Charles Burchfield’s Black Iron, 46th Mid-Southern Watercolorists Annual Juried Exhibition and William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Admiration. Additionally, the AAC Children’s Theatre continues performance of The 13 Clocks through February 14 and will present The Odyssey, a studio show, for two weekends only: Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28.

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Bouguereau Loan from San Antonio Museum of Art on Display February 16

Admiration, a superb neoclassical painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, comes to the Arkansas Arts Center February 16 as a special loan from the San Antonio Museum of Art, in exchange for an earlier loan of the AAC’s Cubist masterpiece, Dos Mujeres by Diego Rivera. Admiration will be accompanied by a related drawing by Bouguereau.

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Mid-Southern Watercolorists Annual Exhibition Returns to the AAC

The Annual Juried Exhibition of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists (MSW) returns to the Arkansas Arts Center, February 12 - April 27, 2016. This is the second year in a three-year partnership between the group and the Arkansas Arts Center.

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Call for Entries: 58th Annual Delta Exhibition Submissions Due March 11

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, announces a call for entries for the 58th Annual Delta Exhibition which will be on display June 10 – August 28, 2016. The deadline to submit entries is March 11.

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AACCT Presents James Thurber's The 13 Clocks

The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre invites you to join the brave Prince Zorn on a whimsically impossible fantasy quest from the ever-surprising, always entertaining imagination of James Thurber. The 13 Clocks will run January 29 – February 14, 2016.

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January Offers Last Call to See Our America, Register for Museum School Winter Classes

The Arkansas Arts Center encourages visitors to see Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, before it closes on January 17. The AAC will welcome Nathalia Edenmont: Force of Nature on January 19, the artist’s first solo exhibition at a major American museum. The exhibition features ten, richly colored, large-format photographs. Additionally, the 15/16 Children’s Theatre season continues with the opening of The 13 Clocks on January 29, based on the book by James Thurber. 

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AAC Hosts Nathalia Edenmont's First Exhibition at a Major U.S. Museum

Nathalia Edenmont: Force of Nature is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a major American museum and features ten, richly colored, large-format photographs. Five of the photographs, including Eden, a self-portrait of the artist, are recent works and have never before been exhibited. Force of Nature is organized by the Arkansas Arts Center and Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York City) and is presented in conjunction with the Garden Club of America Zone 9 annual meeting, which occurs in Little Rock, Ark., in late-April 2016.

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AAC Welcomes Two Exhibitions in February: Dorothea Lange's America and Industrial Beauty: Charles Burchfield's Black Iron

Beginning February 26 and running through May 8, the Arkansas Arts Center will host two timeless exhibitions: Dorothea Lange’s America and Industrial Beauty: Charles Burchfield’s Black Iron. Organized by the AAC, the urban, industrial paintings of Burchfield beautifully contrast Dorothea Lange’s America, a collection of photographs made by Lange, her Farm Security Administration colleagues and other photographers of the early- to mid-20th century.

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2016 Exhibitions At-a-Glance: Lange, Burchfield, Edenmont among featured artists

The Arkansas Arts Center is an art museum with a children's theatre and a studio school. Founded in 1960, its mission is to ensure that learning, inspiration and creative expression in the arts flourish throughout Arkansas, for people of all ages and backgrounds. The AAC realizes this mission by developing, preserving and exhibiting its outstanding permanent collection, offering a rich variety of art from other collections and presenting programs for the education and cultural benefit of the public.

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AAC Welcomes Glass-Blowing Brothers and Kids Holiday Programs in December

The Arkansas Arts Center is honored to welcome Einar and Jamex de la Torre in December. The Mexican-born brothers will be on hand to deliver lectures as well as offer a glass-blowing demonstration. Additionally, the AAC is working to spread holiday cheer with the opening of the Children’s Theatre cheery musical The Gingerbread Man and three weekends of Holiday Arts programming for kids.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit with The Gingerbread Man at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

Recognized by The Drama League as one of the best regional theatre companies inAmerica, the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre is excited to reign in the holiday season with The Gingerbread Man, December 4-20.

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Original Works of Art for Every Budget at Arkansas Arts Center’s 47th Collectors Show and Sale

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents the 47th Collectors Show and Sale, on view November 13, 2015, through January 3, 2016, in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, Sam Strauss, Sr. and Stella Boyle Smith Galleries.

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Just in Time for the Holidays: Shop the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale and Collectors Show and Sale this November

Art collectors of every budget will be able to add to their collections in November thanks to the Arkansas Arts Center’s Museum School Sale and Collectors Show and Sale. November alsocontinues to focus on Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, an exhibition on loan from theSmithsonian American Art Museum.

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Nearly 100 Local Artists Featured at Arkansas Arts Center Museum School Sale

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing artswith a renowned collection of international art, will host its annual Museum School Sale on Saturday,November 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event will feature nearly 100 local artists at a new andlarger location: Hall of Industry, Arkansas State Fairgrounds (2600 Howard Street, Little Rock).

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"Our America" to feature multimedia supplements

To enhance the Our America exhibition, the AAC is incorporating several digital components including an exhibition preview video on YouTube, a six-part documentary film series and podcasts to accompany several works. The video can be viewed at tiny.cc/YouTubeOurAmerica.

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3rd Annual Fountain Fest fundraiser to be held October 22

The Arkansas Arts Center’s Contemporaries auxiliary group is calling on all Arkansans to find their inner artist and share what most inspires them in preparation for this year’s Fountain Fest. This year’s fundraiser will be held Thursday, October 22, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain at the Arkansas Arts Center.

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"Puss in Boots" takes Main Stage September 18-October 4

Based on Charlie Perrault’s world famous feline fun-time fairytale, Puss in Boots is an electric story set in song and dance. This fun for all ages show will run Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. September 19 through October 4.

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September Means Museum School Registration and Children's Theatre at the AAC

September programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, includes a variety of distinctive experiences for the entire family to enjoy including the Children’s Theatre Main Stage performance of Puss in Boots and the start of the Museum School fall quarter. 

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Arkansas Arts Center Ends Fifth Consecutive Year in the Black

As one of Arkansas’s leading cultural institutions, the AAC ended their 2014-15 fiscal year with 338,776 visitors to its main facility, an increase of 80,249 visitors over the previous year, said Executive Director Todd Herman.

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The Ugly Duckling Receives 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant

Devised and directed by Katie Campbell, The Ugly Duckling is a reimagining of the classic fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. It follows a young girl as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and personal transformation. This shadow play unfolds with three actor-puppeteers, two overhead projectors, nearly 100 paper puppets.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum's Our America to be Featured at Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center is excited to welcome the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, a major collection of modern and contemporary Latino art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition, which will be on display October 16, 2015 through January 17, 2016, presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge.

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2015/2016 Children's Theatre Lineup Announced

The 2015-2016 season, presented by Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, will feature six Main Stage shows: Puss in Boots; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; The Gingerbread Man; The 13 Clocks; School House Rock Live! and The Adventures of Peter Rabbit.New this year, AACCT will also feature three Studio Shows: The Ugly Duckling; Apollo: To the Moon and The Odyssey.

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290 John Marin Works Conserved through Luce Foundation Grant

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts. The grant will support the complete research, conservation and integration of the Art Center’s John Marin drawings into the AAC collection.

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56th Annual Delta Exhibition Winners Announced

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state's premiere center for visual and performing arts, announces awards for 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, on view June 27 - September 28 in the Townsend Wolfe Gallery.

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Arkansas Arts Center announces fun-filled programming for July 

July programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, consists of a variety of unique exhibitions, educational lectures and dance lessons.

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Arkansas Arts Center to showcase works by Museum School photography instructors 

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the Inspiration to Illumination: Recent Work by Museum School Photography Instructors exhibition, on view July 8 - October 26, in the Museum School Gallery.

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Arkansas Arts Center welcomes Galloway as director of marketing

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, announces the addition of Angel Galloway as director of marketing beginning June 30.

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Summer programming has arrived at Arkansas Arts Center

June programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, includes a wide range of special
exhibitions, educational lectures, intriguing workshops, dance lessons and the Beaux Arts Ball.

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 Arkansas Arts Center to host 12th National Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines exhibition 

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the 12th National Drawing Invitational: Outside the Lines exhibition, on view July 18 - October 5, in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery and Foyer as well as in other locations around the building.

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56th Annual Delta Exhibition to be on display at Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition, on view June 27 - September 28 in the Townsend Wolfe Gallery.

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Arkansas Arts Center to celebrate 53rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition with Awards Reception and Family Festival

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, will host the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Awards Reception and Family Festival on May 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Activities for kids of all ages will be offered and awards will be presented at 1 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. The 53rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition will be on view May 9 - July 27 in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium and the Sam Strauss Sr. Gallery.

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 Wilmot to be the focus of highly praised photographs by Susan Paulsen coming to Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the exhibition, Susan Paulsen: Wilmot, on view June 27 – September 28, in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller Gallery.

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Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre announces 35th season

As the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre announces a sensational lineup of productions for the 2014–15 season.

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Arkansas Arts Center’s May lineup filled with family fun

May programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, consists of a variety of outstanding exhibitions, educational lectures, fascinating workshops, dance lessons, a family festival and a classic Children’s Theatre production

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 Sleeping Beauty awakens on stage at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

As the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will present Sleeping Beauty April 25 - May 11.

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April programming in full bloom at Arkansas Arts Center 

April programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, includes a wide-range of noteworthy
exhibitions, educational lectures, interesting workshops, dance lessons, a poetry slam and a classic Children’s Theatre production.

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Arkansas Arts Center to showcase local youth artwork at 53rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition, on view May 9 - July 27, in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium and the Sam Strauss Sr. Gallery.

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Arkansas Arts Center acquires large collection of drawings and watercolors by leading Stieglitz circle artist John Marin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual, and performing arts, is proud to announce it has received a spectacular gift from Norma B. Marin of 290 watercolors and drawings by the great American modern artist John Marin (1870 – 1953). 

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf coming to the stage at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

As the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will present The Boy Who Cried Wolf March 7 – 28 with special spring break matinees March 25-28.

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Arkansas Arts Center announces call for entries for the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, announces a call for entries for the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition. The deadline to submit all entries is April 17.

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Arkansas Arts Center announces captivating spring programming for March

March programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, is comprised of a variety of remarkable
exhibitions, educational lectures, stimulating workshops, dance lessons, a poetry slam and a timeless Children’s Theatre production.

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The Arkansas Arts Center: Celebrating Fifty Years of Excellence in the Visual and Performing Arts
by Brian J. Lang and Ann Prentice Wagner, Ph.D.

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Courtesy, 14th Anniversary issue, Antiques & Fine Art magazine.


Fine Arts Club of Arkansas to reprise Beaux Arts Ball at Arkansas Arts Center 

The Fine Arts Club of Arkansas, supported by the Arkansas Arts Center, will host the Beaux Arts Ball on June 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center. The fundraising gala is held in celebration of the Fine Arts Club of Arkansas’ 100th anniversary.  

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Arkansas Arts Center unveils programming for February

February programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, encompasses a wide-ranging variety of
noteworthy exhibitions, educational lectures, dance lessons, a poetry slam and Children’s Theatre productions.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type brings laughs to the stage at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

As the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will present Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type January 24 - February 9.

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 Provocative contemporary ceramics exhibition coming to Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the exhibition, InCiteful Clay, on view April 4 - June 29, in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery.

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Ring in the New Year with the Arkansas Arts Center

January programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, consists of an extensive range of remarkable exhibitions, educational lectures, dance lessons, a poetry slam, Children’s Theatre productions and a family festival. 

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 Arkansas Arts Center to feature works by acclaimed artist Carroll Cloar

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s leader in international, visual and performing arts, presents the exhibition, The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South, on view February 28 - June 1, in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe Galleries.

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‘Tis the season to be inspired at the Arkansas Arts Center

December programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state's premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, includes a wide-ranging collection of unique exhibitions, educational lectures, dance lessons, a poetry slam, Children’s Theatre productions and a Collectors Show and Sale.  

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 The Engine That Thought It Could to roll on stage at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

As the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will present The Engine That Thought It Could November 29 - December 22.

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Arkansas Arts Center presents the 45th Collectors Show and Sale

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents the 45th Collectors Show and Sale, on view December 6, 2013 - January 5, 2014, in the Sam Strauss, Sr. and Stella Boyle Smith Galleries.

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 Rangeof family activities offered during Arkansas Arts Center November programming

November programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state's premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, includes a diverse array of exceptional exhibitions, educational lectures, dance lessons, a poetry slam, Children’s Theatre productions and a Museum School Sale.  

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Arkansas Arts Center Museum School To Showcase Local Artists

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, will host its annual Museum School Sale on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center, located at 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to mesmerize audiences at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

As the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre will present The Sorcerer’s Apprentice October 25 - November 10.

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 Arkansas Arts Center and Arkansas Repertory Theatre partner for unique arts experience

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, has partnered with the
state’s largest non-profit professional theatre to offer area art enthusiasts a rare experience.

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Autumn programming arrives at the Arkansas Arts Center

October programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state's premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, includes a range of outstanding exhibitions, educational lectures, dance lessons, a poetry slam and Children’s Theatre productions.

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Face to Face and Portraiture Now exhibitions to be on display at the Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents the exhibition, Face to Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from the collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr., in the Townsend Wolfe gallery, and the Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge exhibition in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller gallery, both on view October 25 - February 9.

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Celebrated modernist exhibition coming to Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents the Mark Rothko in the 1940s: The Decisive Decade exhibition, on view October 25 - February 9, in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery.

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Fantastic fall programming coming to Arkansas Arts Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – September programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state's premiere center for visual and performing arts with a renowned collection of international art, includes a variety of exceptional exhibitions, educational lectures, dance lessons, a poetry slam and a Children’s Theatre production.

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Arkansas Arts Center to celebrate masterworks exhibition at upcoming family festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, will host Family Festival: An English Garden Party on Saturday, August 31, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium.

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Captivating programming offered at Arkansas Arts Center in August

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – August programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, is comprised of a diverse assortment of unique exhibitions, educational lectures, children’s entertainment, a poetry slam and a family festival.

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Arkansas Arts Center reveals sizzling summer calendar

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – July programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, consist of an exciting variety of unique exhibitions, educational lectures, holiday festivities and a poetry slam.

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Arkansas Arts Center presents dual exhibitions, Interwoven: Craft and Interwoven: Paper

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents the exhibition, Interwoven: Craft, on view June 18 - November 17, in the Sam Strauss, Sr. Gallery, and the Interwoven:Paper exhibition, on view August 9 - November 17,in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium.

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Arkansas Arts Center announces extraordinary June calendar

June programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, includes an assortment of once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions, dance lessons, educational lectures and a poetry slam.

“June programming includes one of the most exciting exhibitions the Arkansas Arts Center has ever hosted, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London, which features works from Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Gainsborough,” said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. “We are delighted to offer our guests the opportunity to stand in the presence of world famous artwork as well as a plethora of other exciting events happening at the Arts Center to kick-off the summer months.”

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Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London coming to Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London exhibition, on view June 7 - September 8 in the Townsend Wolfe and Jeannette Edris Rockefeller Galleries. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and English Heritage. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, with additional funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane.

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Arkansas Arts Center announces Tabriz successes

“The 50th anniversary of the Arkansas Arts Center was recently honored with a fabulous celebration during Tabriz 2013,” said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. “We are very grateful for the support of volunteers, staff, sponsors and friends who made Tabriz a tremendous success. The biennial two-night event raised over $800,000 thanks to the generosity of patrons who purchased exclusive auction items, which will benefit art acquisitions and educational programs at the Arkansas Arts Center.”

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Special Bauhaus movement lecture to be held at Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, together with studioMain, presents a special symposium, “From the Bauhaus to Our House,” discussing the history and influence of the Bauhaus movement to be held Friday, May 24, at 5 p.m., in the Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall. This symposium is in conjunction with the Arts Center’s current exhibition, Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy – Photographs by Gordon Watkinson, on view May 24 - September 1, in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery.

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Classic fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea takes the stage at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, Children’s Theatre will present The Princess and the Pea March 8 - 24.

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, Children’s Theatre will present The Princess and the Pea March 8 - 24. This classic fairy tale of royal courtship is freshly told with whimsy and wonder when a young woman’s royal identity is established by testing her physical sensitivity. This production is an original play adapted by Alan Keith Smith for the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre from the original story by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Colorful characters of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories brought to life by Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, Children’s Theatre on Tour will present the Just So Stories April 1 – May 10.

Just So Stories, the beloved fables by Rudyard Kipling, propose imaginative explanations of how certain animals acquired their distinctive physical characteristics. In the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour adaptation of Just So Stories, the audience goes on a delightful journey with a father and child on a carefree outing of adventure. Set in exotic and faraway places, Just So Stories captures the inner workings of a child’s mind and fulfills their insatiable demand to know the how and why of everything.

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Exhibits, Children’s Theatre performances and lectures part of diverse schedule of March programming at the Arkansas Arts Center

March programming at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, includes a variety of exhibitions, engaging lectures, dance lessons, educational opportunities and children’s performances.

“We are delighted to announce the sensational line-up of programming for March, and invite all of our friends and neighbors to take advantage of the many art exhibitions and programs available,” said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. “The Arkansas Arts Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for people of all ages to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.”

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Arkansas Arts Center to celebrate 52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition Awards Reception and Family Festival

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, will host the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition Awards Reception and Family Festival on April 7 from noon - 3 p.m.

The awards ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Children’s Theatre.“The arts provide children with the opportunity for self-expression and develop a platform for creativity,” said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. “We are excited to share with the community the vast array of creations from our young artists and celebrate their achievements.”

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Arkansas Arts Center presents the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists and Ron Meyers: A Potter’s Menagerie exhibitions

The Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition, on view March 15 - April 28, in the Alice Pratt Brown Atrium and Sam Strauss, Sr. Gallery and Ron Meyers: A Potter's Menagerie exhibition, on view March 22 – May 5, in the Winthrop Rockefeller Gallery.

“The arts enable children to grow in confidence and think positively about themselves and learning,” said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. “Many children discover their talents and interests through the arts, and the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition allows local youth a distinct opportunity to showcase their creativity and abilities.”

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