August News!


August News 

Arkansas Arts Council

Opp-ART-unities: The Arkansas Arts Council’s new group on Facebook called “oppARTunities” boasts over 500 members now. The group page is designed to assist Arkansas artists and arts organizations by providing a forum for opportunities from local, national and international funding sources, as well as entry calls for exhibitions and information regarding residencies, internships and professional development. Group members are encouraged to share information on the page that might be helpful to artists and arts organizations. To join the group, click here.

SWOP on the Move: The 2015 Small Works on Paper visual art exhibition will be available in two places this month! The exhibition is available through Wednesday, August 12, at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff. On August 23, the exhibition will be installed at Harding University in Searcy through Friday, September 11. Now in its 28th year, Small Works on Paper is an annual exhibition that showcases artwork no larger than 18 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online gallery showcasing the artwork of Arkansas artists. Coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, the 2015 exhibition features 40 works by 29 Arkansas artists and travels to 10 galleries throughout the state in a year-long show. Click here to view the 2015 touring schedule and here for a list of artists whose work was selected.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program


Tour Oak Forest: The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next Sandwiching in History tour will visit Oak Forest United Methodist Church at 2415 Fair Park Boulevard in Little Rock at noon on Friday, August 7. Built in 1949, the Oak Forest Methodist Church was designed by Little Rock architect John Parks Almand. Almand’s career in Arkansas spanned 50 years beginning in 1912, and he designed a wide variety of building types, including more than 50 churches. His Gothic Revival-style design for the Oak Forest Methodist Church featured exterior walls of stone and a Mission-style parapet and bell tower. For more information, call Rachel Silva at (501) 324-9788. Click here for a complete schedule.

Walking Bradford: The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next Walks through History tour will visit Downtown Bradford at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 15. Located in northeastern White County, Bradford traces its origin to 1872, when the Bradford Allen Station opened on the Cairo and Fulton Railroad line. Prior to that time, the area’s population was about six miles northeast of present-day Bradford on the White River at Old Grand Glaise. The railroad provided a means to ship produce, especially strawberries, to larger markets. The free tour will begin at the corner of West Main (Hwy. 87) and West Second (Hwy. 367) in Bradford and is co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society. For more information, call Rachel Silva at (501) 324-9788. Click here for a complete schedule.

New! Cemetery Preservation Grant: The AHPP has a new cemetery preservation grant program offering grants of $5,000 to $9,999 for preservation projects in cemeteries listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery grants, Option 3 in the Historic Preservation Restoration Grant program, can be used for:

  • Preservation activities that help perpetuate and care for historic burial sites, including planning, maintenance, documentation, and education
  • Conservation activities that involve mechanical and chemical processes used to treat damaged markers
  • Stabilization treatments executed to retain the greatest cultural and structural integrity of the artifact and the site overall, with a minimum of intervention into the historic fabric
  • Restoration of historic building/fencing that may be found on site, such as chapels, mausoleums, vaults, and gatehouses, that can be found in many of the state’s historic cemeteries and may have been severely deteriorated.

Applications can be turned in at the AHPP office at 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14. This is not a postmark deadline and faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Guidelines and applications for the grant programs can be found here or write the agency at AHPP Grant Programs, 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Requests also can be sent to the AHPP via fax at (501) 324-9184 or via email.

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Summer Evenings—Waiting for Fireflies: For many, summer means vacations, swimming with friends, neighborhood and family cookouts, homemade ice cream, ice-cold popsicles... As the temperatures and heat indices rise, fewer of us spend time outside during peak daylight hours. Instead, we wait to go outside after the sun goes down and the air cools. We wait until the fireflies come out. What is a firefly? How do they light up? Why do they light up? Click here to read more about these nocturnal beetles.

Volunteers Impact Devil's Eyebrow: Working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Beaver Watershed Alliance, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission recently held a Volunteer Appreciation/Clean Up day at Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area. Volunteers headed out in canoes to clean up the shoreline of Beaver Lake. Click here to read more.

Commissioners & Friends Sample Water: The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently hosted a field trip to Big Creek Natural Area for visitors and commissioners. Participants watched as Jason Throneberry, aquatic species biologist, demonstrated water quality sampling techniques and discussed how to identify aquatic life that lives in Big Creek. Click here to read more.

Delta Cultural Center

Civil War Roundtable: The DCC’s Civil War Roundtable of the Delta is a free program that focuses on various aspects of the Civil War in the Delta with lectures by Civil War scholars, held quarterly at the Beth El Heritage Hall. On Monday, August 17, Jack Myers, DCC’s education coordinator, will present “The Bitter End,” a program detailing the little known story of the close of hostilities and the plight of those who refused to surrender. Beth El Heritage Hall is located at the corner of Pecan and Perry Streets in historic downtown Helena. The program will begin at 6 pm and is free and open to the public. Click here for more information about the Civil War Roundtable of the Delta.

Duo Departs: Arkansas Delta Duo: The Art of Tim Jacob and the Art of Norwood Creech is leaving the DCC. The last day to see the exhibit is Saturday, August 22. The exhibit showcases the work of Little Rock’s Tim Jacob, and Norwood Creech of Lepanto, and their love of Delta landscapes. Jacob uses a technique he calls “puddle painting,” which consists of watery overlays of color. He loves the flat, desolate, stark, landscapes of the Arkansas Delta. Creech calls the agricultural flatlands of Northeast Arkansas home and the Delta is her primary subject matter. She studies the crops and the tree lines, and incorporates structures that are typical of the agricultural landscape, such as water towers and farm houses. The exhibit is currently available at the DCC’s Visitors Center. The galleries of the DCC are open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Coming Soon –Cast of Blues: A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson. In addition, the exhibition includes 15 color photographs of blues artists and the colorful juke joints in which they played. The images are selected from acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy’s ground-breaking book, Mississippi: State of Blues. Murphy, a longtime resident of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, captures the essence of the blues through highly detailed, panoramic color pictures. The compilation of casts and photos create a compelling portrait of the men and women who defined—and continue to shape—the tradition of Mississippi blues. Click here for more. 

Historic Arkansas Museum

[email protected]: Historic Arkansas Museum is gearing up for Friday, August 14, the opening reception of two new exhibits and live music by John Willis and the Late Romantics, described by the Arkansas Times as “literate, confessional and wryly funny piano-rock fleshed out with vocal harmonies…” The Year of Arkansas Beer continues with Moody Brews. The featured brews are French chardonnay barrel-aged Katchiri's Bier, a strong Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with American hops then aged for months in French chardonnay barrels and also Aria’s Bier, a lighter farmhouse ale brewed with hibiscus flowers and orange peel.

Rutter & Sims: This new exhibit (debuting on 2nd Friday Art Night) features the work of two Little Rock natives who are pursuing national art careers. Rutter’s delicate drawings combine gouache and watercolor with fanciful images of plants, insects, animals, human figures and patterns that create unlikely narratives. Katherine Rutter graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007 with a BFA in drawing and photography. She is a working artist living in Oakland, California. After earning a degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Ginny Sims traveled abroad in Europe, working and apprenticing in pottery studios. She returned to the U.S. to earn an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2012. Ginny's ceramic work is an experiment in color and gesture, an examination of how each user interacts with the object. She lives, teaches and makes pottery in Minneapolis. The exhibit continues in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists through November 8.

PopUp (The Exhibit): A new exhibit, PopUp in the Rock: The Exhibit, explores the origins of PopUp in the Rock and highlights design solutions from PopUp events through the photography of Bethany Berry and 3D installations of street fixtures. Developed by Create Little Rock and studioMAIN, PopUp in the Rock is a rapid community development organization in Little Rock inspired by the national Better Block movement. PopUp in the Rock demonstrates what is possible within neglected districts with underdeveloped potential. Through short-term installations, the group inspires long-term change. The exhibit continues in the Second Floor Gallery through October 4.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

New Look: Drivers and visitors near the corner of 9th Street and Broadway will notice that Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has an addition to the outside of the building: a new banner and LED sign! The banner can be seen easily from I-630 and has already attracted several visitors; meanwhile, the LED sign faces Broadway. These updates were undertaken to enhance awareness of the museum with the ultimate goal of increasing annual visitors. The Mosaic Templar’s Cultural Center is located at 501 West Ninth Street in Little Rock; (501) 683-3593.

A Building for the Community: MTCC's 7th anniversary is quickly approaching, which offers the opportunity for staff and the community to reflect on MTCC through the years. Since Sept. 19, 2008, MTCC has exposed thousands of visitors to the history of black Arkansans. Each year attendance grows and the museum offers an increasingly diverse number of programs, while cultivating relationships with fellow art and cultural institutions. As Sept. 19 approaches, more details will emerge about our annual fundraiser featuring jazz singer Dianne Reeves as well as other MTCC programs.

Old State House Museum

Biker Chicks: Women in Bicycling is the featured topic of the next Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at the Old State House Museum at noon on Wednesday, August, 12. The bicycle was one of many factors that helped open the world to women in the 1890s and early 1900s. From changes in clothing styles to increased mobility, the advent of the bicycle marked a turning point in the social life of women around the nation and at home in Arkansas. Misty Murphy is the regional trails coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas Council. A native of small-town Arkansas, she loves local history and keeping alive the traditions unique to the state.

[email protected]: The Old State House Museum honors 2nd Friday Art Night this month with musical performances by traditional folk artists Mockingbird on Friday, August 14, from 5-8 p.m. The Old State House Museum will be open for self-guided tours and Mockingbird will play in the acoustically-rich 1836 Arkansas House of Representatives chamber. The room is one of the most historically significant rooms in the state, and this is a fun way for you and your family to see and experience it.

Little Beginnings in the Great Outdoors: This month’s Little Beginnings program, Wednesday, August 19, 10:30a.m., will include fun activities and a story about camping in the great outdoors in Arkansas. Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.

Lights! Camera! Seminar! The Old State House Museum is offering a day-long seminar on Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to explore Arkansas's connection with the film and television industry. Lights! Camera! Arkansas! seminar will feature different topics and speakers and will screen the 2001 Academy Academy-award winning Best Live Action Short Film The Accountant. Speakers including Robert Cochran, Suzanne McCray, Ben Fry, Stephen Koch and Philip Martin will discuss topics including Women in Film, Broncho Billy Anderson, Music in Arkansas and Arkansas in the rise of regional Southern cinema. RSVP is required, please send an email or call (501) 324-9685 today to reserve your seat to this free event.