The Arkansas Arts Center’s Contemporaries return to the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain this fall with the 6th Annual Fountain Fest. The fundraiser – featuring food, music, art and libations – will center around the reveal of a surprise art installation in the fountain on Thursday, October 25.
“Fountain Fest is back, bigger and better than ever,” Contemporaries President Jessie McLarty said. “But Fountain Fest is also more than just a great party – funds raised will support our efforts to expand the Arkansas Arts Center Collection and provide exceptional arts programming in Little Rock.”
The 6th Annual Fountain Fest will feature food from Fassler Hall, beer by Flyway Brewing Company and Stone’s Throw Brewing, cocktails by Roxor Gin and ice cream by Loblolly Creamery. Local duo Luke Johnson and Brian Nahlen will provide music. Museum School instructors and students will assist with a variety of art-making activities and games. SoMa’s Electric Ghost will demonstrate screen printing-techniques on limited edition Fountain Fest t-shirts. The Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile will also be onsite for attendees to view its current exhibition, Who, What, Wear.
“Fountain Fest is the perfect way for the community to engage with everything the Arts Center and the Contemporaries have to offer,” Fountain Fest Chair Stacy Grobmyer said. “And tickets are only $25? What a deal!”
Fountain Fest will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 25 around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain in front of the Arkansas Arts Center. Event tickets are $25 and can be purchased at arkansasartscenter.org/fountain-fest or by calling (501) 372-4000. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information contact Spencer Jansen at (501) 396-0337.
The event will also feature a raffle for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23yr Bourbon, generously donated by 107 Liquor. Barrel-aged for 23 years, the whiskey is lyrically described: “See a deep amber red. Taste the various hints of caramel, ripe apples, cherries, oak wood and tobacco with a hint of chocolate. This bourbon finishes with a long-lasting and pleasant taste. Starts with a lot of wood flavors but leads to a nice sweet caramel finish.” Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at arkansasartscenter.org/fountain-fest or at the event. The winner does not have to be present to win.
Fountain Fest provides an opportunity for the community to engage with the Contemporaries, an affiliate-membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center made up of art enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the arts. The Contemporaries programs provide young professionals with an opportunity to experience the Arkansas Arts Center and become involved with the local art community. Through exclusive tours of the Arts Center, private homes and local galleries, the Contemporaries develop a more informed appreciation of art. The funds raised at Fountain Fest support acquisitions on behalf of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection and other programming that supports the Arts Center.
The 6th Annual Fountain Fest is chaired by Stacy Grobmyer and Heather Wardle. Fountain Fest is sponsored by CenterPoint Energy and Party City. In-kind sponsors are 107 Liquor; Fassler Hall; Flyway Brewing Company; Moon Distributors; O’Connor Distributing; Roxor Gin; and Stone’s Throw Brewing.
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