Arkansas Arts Center finds temporary home in Riverdale

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The Arkansas Arts Center will temporarily relocate to 2510 Cantrell Road in the Riverdale Shopping Center for two and a half years during the Arts Center’s upcoming renovation and expansion project. The temporary location is approximately three miles from the Arts Center’s MacArthur Park site. It will include studio space for Museum School classes, design and rehearsal space for the Children’s Theatre, and additional flexible spaces for offices, retail, facilities storage and educational programs. “The … Read More

Arkansas Arts Center celebrates year of community support, accomplishments at 2018 Annual Meeting

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The Arkansas Arts Center finished its eighth consecutive year operating in the black on June 30, interim executive director Laine Harber announced August 20. It was a year marked by community support and significant achievements, including the reveal of concept designs for a reimagined Arkansas Arts Center and a landmark exhibition of John Marin works nearly four years in the making. “Over the past year, the Arkansas Arts Center staff has worked diligently to engage … Read More

Year of Milestones, Accomplishments Celebrated on Eclipse Day

Author: Arkansas Arts CenterFiled under: Artmobile, Building, Children's Theatre, Collection, Community, Education, Events, Exhibitions, General, Museum, Museum School, Theater on Tour, Traveling Exhibitions

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The Arkansas Arts Center finished its seventh consecutive year in the black this June, Executive Director Todd Herman announced at the August 21 Annual Meeting. It was a year of milestone accomplishments, including a 10-year reaccreditation, selection of an architectural team for the AAC building project, completion of a five-year strategic plan, and a successful Tabriz. The AAC also rebranded its onsite restaurant, Canvas, updating both the restaurant and Museum Shop spaces, and launched a … Read More

Getting Creative with Creating

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By Robert Bean Chair, AAC Museum School Drawing Department Artists use lots of materials to make their work. Sheet after sheet of paper. Roll after roll of canvas. A pound of clay here, a pound of clay there. It’s expensive. Period. So what happens when you teach art? You need materials so students can grow into the creativity you see peeking out already. But those resources might be just out of your budget, or you don’t have easy access to … Read More

A Year of Community Support, Fiscal Stability

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The Arkansas Arts Center has finished its sixth consecutive year in the black in a year that has shown overwhelming community support, increased outreach and public approval of a bond issue to help fund a newly renovated museum. “We took another giant step toward our goal of a renovated Arts Center with the successful public vote to bond the revenue from an existing sales tax on out of town visitors for the benefit of the … Read More

Museum School Profile: Jim D. Johnson

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Jim D. Johnson of Little Rock, Ark., is considered an icon in the advertising and art worlds, having been honored nationally and globally. This year he will add one more award to his repertoire when he is inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame on June 25. A long-time student of the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School, Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Cranford/Johnson Inc. 1961. Now known as CJRW, it is … Read More

Museum School Highlight: Kelly Edwards

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You’re probably familiar with Kelly Edwards’ work even if you don’t realize it. Her art adorns several Arkansas galleries as well as one in Miami, Florida; she’s been a ceramics instructor at the Museum School for 15 years and you can view (and even purchase!) her work in the AAC Museum Shop. Basically, Kelly is an Arts Center all star. Interested in art from a young age, Kelly creates three-dimensional wall hangings including clocks, crosses, masks, bowls … Read More