In times of uncertainty, the arts can play an important role in bringing us hope, solace and a sense of community. While the Arkansas Arts Center’s in-person programs are postponed, we are offering creative and engaging arts experiences where many people are now gathering for conversation and connection – online.
Two weeks ago, the Arkansas Arts Center launched Arkansas Arts Center Amplified, a new Facebook group featuring highlights of artworks from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, Children’s Theatre performances, artist demonstrations and episodes of “Our Work Continues,” our original web series documenting our move to Riverdale and ongoing programming.
Arkansas Arts Center Amplified will continue to offer engaging arts experiences online while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities recommend social distancing. Following guidance from the City of Little Rock and public health officials, the Arkansas Arts Center’s Riverdale location is closed to the public until further notice, and we will continue to provide updates about future programming in the coming weeks.
The Arts Center has also donated gloves and masks from exhibition and Museum School supplies to local hospitals to aid and protect our local healthcare professionals, including providing 800 particulate masks and 900 gloves to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Additionally, Museum School and Children’s Theatre staff have been utilizing fabric supplies and sewing masks at home to provide to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
During this time, I want you to know that construction on the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park continues on schedule, with additional health and safety precautions in place to ensure the safety of those working on site. The renovated Arkansas Arts Center is scheduled to reopen in Spring of 2022.
Your membership is a vital part of sustaining the Arts Center at this critical time. We are continuing to pay the salaries of our staff, our Museum School instructors and theatre artists during our closure, and we are hard at work on ways to provide you with exclusive member events and benefits in a digital format. Thank you for your ongoing support.
On a global scale, what we are experiencing right now is unprecedented. Our arts community, like so many others, is facing historic challenges. Our connection to the arts is the very thing that reminds us of our humanity and our resilience.
If you have ever considered becoming a member or making a donation, we ask that you join us now. We are committed to standing alongside our community as we emerge from this moment, but we need your help to do it. Together, we can ensure the continued growth of the Arts Center and the arts in Arkansas.
Please stay well, and we hope to see you very soon,
Executive Director Victoria Ramirez and the staff of the Arkansas Arts Center
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