Learn the story of Arkansas's first people, in their own words. Those words and more than 150 objects tell teh history of the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw--their arrival, their lives here, their forced removal and how their traditions continue today.
“King Biscuit Time,” the nation’s longest-running blues radio program, is hosted each weekday at the DCC Visitor’s Center by “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Admission is free; the public is welcome to attend.
“Delta Sounds,” hosted by DCC Assistant Director Thomas Jacques and Payne, is broadcast each Friday at 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Gallery hours at the DCC Visitors Center at 141 Cherry Street and the nearby DCC Depot at 95 Missouri Street are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information, interested persons can contact the Delta Cultural Center at (870) 338-4350 or toll free at (800) 358-0972, visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Songs from the Field" tells the early story of Delta music, the story of field songs and field hollers, the songs of the enslaved peoples of the Arkansas Delta. The story of how slaves used music to transcend the oppression of slavery is told through text, photographs, sound effects, artifacts, and several interactive elements, making for a compelling experience.
Coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, the exhibition features the work of 39 Arkansas artists and will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state in a year-long touring show.
Now in its 27th year, Small Works on Paper showcases artwork no larger than 24 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online art gallery coordinated by the Arts Council. The 2014 show features 40 works, which were selected from more than 300 submissions by juror Mary Kennedy, CEO of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Kennedy is the past director of ExhibitsUSA and curator of exhibitions for M-AAA.
Pictured is "Emerald City", a watercolor by Carrie Waller of Cabot, AR.
Registration for Lorenzo Smith Music Camp is closed.Join MTCC for Lorenzo Smith Music Camp! Formerly known as Mosaic Music Camp, MTCC recently renamed the camp in honor of legendary composer and Arkansas native Lorenzo Smith. Students in 6th-12th grade will learn a variety of music-related topics, including how to properly tune instruments, stage presence and music fundamentals. The instructors for the camp are Henry Scott and Anthony Lockhart.Registration is required. Times will be determined by whether the child is beginning, intermediate or advanced. That's determined by the director on the first day of camp. The first day of camp begins at 10am.
Starting in 2003 and continuing to today, Delta Cultural Center has actively collected the stringed instrument that is most commonly associated with blues music, the guitar. The collection has at present over 40 guitars. These guitars have been shown in various exhibits to the delight of Blues music fans and visitors in the past. This new exhibit will display over 25 of these instruments placed together for the first time. The guitars are known for their colorful and unusual shaped bodies, and for the craftsmanship that went into their making. Many were made by the Gibson, Fender and Kay Guitar companies. And, of course, guitars are known for or revered by the musicians that have owned and played them. Many have hand written signatures, such as B.B. King, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Rufus Thomas, James Cotton, and Lonnie Shields. One guitar was signed by the members of the Rolling Stones. And there are instruments that were owned and used by CeDell Davis, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Nighthawk and Howlin’ Wolf. This new exhibit will show off the great acoustic and electric guitars from blues music history that are being preserved by The Delta Cultural Center.
Following the defeat of Arkansas’s Union army in the spring 1864 Camden Expedition, Confederate Gen. Joseph O. Shelby led his troops north of the Arkansas River with the dual mission of forcing the bushwhackers and deserters infesting northeast Arkansas into the army and disrupting Federal operations in the White River Valley and along the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. Shelby pursued his mission with enthusiasm, to say the least.
Mark Christ, award-winning author and Community Outreach Director of the
Community Outreach Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will give this lecture.
This month’s featured film is September 30, 1955.
Starring Richard Thomas and Lisa Blount, the film is about an Arkansas teen's fascination with his film idol James Dean, and his reaction to the news of Dean’s death in a car wreck. The movie, set in 1950s small-town Arkansas, was written and directed by Arkansan James Bridges. September 30, 1955 is one of Bridges’s more personal films and is in contrast with his more well-known films which include The China Syndrome, Urban Cowboy and Bright Lights, Big City.
Ben Fry, general manager of KLRE/KUAR and coordinator of the film minor at UALR, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.
Dr. Bill Gurley, author and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will present a program on Civil War Medicine.
This exhibit consists of photographs by Beverly Buys, Professor of Photography at Henderson State University. The prints are all cyanotypes, one of the earliest photographic processes, which are made when sensitized paper is exposed to ultraviolet light.
The exhibit features images from the Arkansas Delta, all taken within a 100 mile radius of Helena.
An opening reception is planned for Thursday, August 14, from 5:30 - 7:00 at the DCC Visitors Center.
“Under Two Governments,” a half-day seminar on Civil War
Arkansas in 1864, will feature discussions by Dr. Gary Joiner, Dr. Tom DeBlack, Dr. Michael Dougan and Mark Christ.
The event is free and open to the public, but participants should register by calling Georganne Sisco at (501) 324-8641.
Health booths, prizes, breakfast, massages, and more! Special guests are Korto Momolu (Project Runway) and Dr. William Greenfield (OB/GYN).Open to pregnant women and new moms. Nursing infants and children are also welcome to attend.Admission is free but please RSVP. For more information, please contact Cicely Jackson at email@example.com or at 501-661-2282.
William Cole, avid cyclist and president of Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas, will give an overview of the bicycle track at West End Park, bicycling clubs of 1886, and showcase what Arkansas was like during the era of big wheeled bicycles.
Join us Saturday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of innovative, contemporary film in a variety of forms, including: web series, documentaries, shorts, and features.The Filmmakers Corner Film Festival showcases the many talented black filmmakers and storytellers in Arkansas and abroad. Films are from as far as Nigeria, Portugal, and United Arab Emirates and include selections from New York Documentary Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and South by Southwest (SXSW). Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved (limit two per person) at mosaictemplarscenter.com. For more information, visit filmmakerscornerfilmfestival.com or contact Brian Lee at 501.351.0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor" is the title of a program that will be presented by Dr. W. Stuart Towns, author and retired chairman of the Department of Communication Studies, Southeast Missouri State University.
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