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.
"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.
Ann Warren is an emerging artist from Sherwood, Arkansas. At the age of 50 she began china painting and started oil painting at 60. She grew up in Helena, Arkansas in the 1960's and her paintings exemplify the memorable momemts of her younger years. Scenes include "draggin Cherry Street", hanging out with friends at the Kream Freeze, and many dances at the Hut.
This exhibition of vintage art and photography is being called "Arkansas' newest cultural treasure." The show features worrks from The Preller Collection, made between 1895 and 1950 in the Arkansas Delta. During the early 1900s, Hugo and Gayne Preller and their family plied the Mississippi and White River in their “floating studio,” creating the earliest and largest body of Delta photography in Arkansas history, including portraiture of sharecroppers and local citizens of the region.
An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at 5:30 at the DCC's Visitors Center.
This event is free and open to the public.
MTCC, in partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), presents Randall Goosby on Thursday, January 29 at 10 a.m. A young African American violin prodigy, Goosby won the prestigious Sphinx competition at age 13. Goosby is currently enrolled at Juilliard under the instruction of world-class violinists, Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. Goosby is the January guest violinist for ASO and will perform Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the orchestra January 31 and February 1. For more information, call Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592 or email email@example.com.
Join us as Old State House Museum staff member Cris Slaymaker shares the story of Little Rock's Union School. During the American Civil War and into Reconstruction, Christian missionaries from the North took up the mantle of educating the newly freed former slaves. In Little Rock, missionaries accepted the roles of both teaching and administration for the already existing black school, the Union School. Their efforts over the next few years paved the way for the public education of African Americans in Arkansas. Cris Slaymaker joined the Old State House Museum education staff in 2012. She earned a BA in Spanish from Lyon College, and has studied in the Public History master's program at UALR. Cris has previously served on the staffs of the Old Independence Regional Museum, Arkansas History Commission, Arkansas State Parks, and Historic Arkansas Museum.
MTCC's quarterly lunchtime series offers a variety of topics to educate, inspire, and entertain. This installment will feature the cast of The Rep’s new play, The Whipping Man. Set at the end of The Civil War in 1865, The Whipping Man is an extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance. The award-winning play opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country. Don't miss your chance to meet the cast and tour MTCC's new exhibit, "Freedom! Oh, Freedom!" Arkansas's People of African Descent and the Civil War: 1861-1866. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks!
Join us on Wednesday, February 4, for a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture about trailblazing cyclist Major Taylor, led by Shelia Freeman McDonald. Marshall "Major" Taylor (November 26, 1878 - June 21, 1932) was the first African-American to be known as a world champion in any sport in 1899. Taylor dealt with racial discrimination to become the world record holder in many cycling events. His story is chronicled in the book "Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame", by Terry Kerber and Conrad Kerber. The discussion will be led by McDonald, a Little Rock attorney and current Membership Captain for the Little Rock, Arkansas chapter of the Major Taylor Cycling Club, known locally as the Major Taylor Rock City Riders. The Club has over 60 members.
The “Sandwiching in History” tour series features a historic property in central Arkansas each month. The tours are free and open to the public. All tours begin at noon and last no more than one hour. An AHPP historian delivers a brief lecture about the property before leading guests on a tour. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.
MTCC celebrates the life of poet, author, entertainer and civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. Her inspirational story will be brought to life by Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie, former chairwoman of the Theatre, Arts and Dance Department at UALR. Registration is required. Contact Elvon Reed at 501.683.3592.
A celebration of creativity and self-expression hosted by local poetry troupe the Foreign Tongues. This free event features youth poets from central Arkansas and a performance by Foreign Tongues. Featured poet, Jon Goode, has made appearances on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam," "Verses and Flow" and was featured on CNN's "Black in America." As a national award winning performance poet, Jon has been privileged to share the stage with Jamie Foxx, Mos Def, Kanye West, Tommy Davidson, Will Downing, Kindred, Ledisi, Roy Ayers, Common, Amiri Baraka, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Kim Fields, The Last Poets and many other talented poets, comedians and performers.Tickets available starting January 20. Limit 2 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501.683.3593.
The Black History Commission of Arkansas and The Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, February 7, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme, “The Roots of African American Education in Arkansas,” will feature speakers, Peggy Lloyd, Dr. Joe Hale, Amanda L. Paige and Gwendolyn Twillie. Topics will include Ila Upchurch, the history of the Colored Industrial Institute, the Jeane Teacher Program and a living history presentation about the life of Charlotte Stephens.The seminar is free but registration is required. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and the deadline for registration is February 2, so be sure to make reservations soon. For more information about the symposium or to register, contact Tatyana Oyinloye at email@example.com or call 501-682-6892.
While white settlers were successful in establishing a harsh regime of slavery in Arkansas, the abundance of "wild" spaces lent opportunity outside the master's gaze. Kelly Jones leads a presentation that draws from WPA ex-slave interviews and plantation records to describe how enslaved people in Arkansas used the land around them to resist the demands of their bondage and keep up social ties.. Jones is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas and has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas.
Victorian Valentine Magic-Lantern Show!
Travel back in time with the boisterous fun of America’s only Victorian magic-lantern show. An authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen—the kind of show that led to the movies! Valentine stories, animated comedy, and songs—all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. The audience participates in the fun, creating sound effects, and joining in chants and sing-alongs. ~~ For 22 years, The American Magic-Lantern Theater has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to Singapore. “What a hoot!” says NEED. “You'll be enthralled!” says The Family Adventure Guide to Connecticut. But National Public Radio says it best: “It’s an incredible experience . . . Don’t miss them. They’re a living national treasure!” For adults and children 6+.
Join violinist Geoff Robson and cellist Felice Farrell for a performance of works for solo strings by J.S. Bach. The performance will begin at 5:00 and last until 6:30. The museum will remain open until 8:00. This is a casual event and guests are welcome to drop in and seat themselves after the music has started.
The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.
Presenter Lori Walker will talk about African American heritage sites from Helena to Pine Bluff.
Other dates for the Roundtable in 2015 are May 18, August 17, and November 2.
This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities and a story from the children's book Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! 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.
Impressive teams of 6 -12 graders from across Arkansas test their knowledge of African American history, achievements and contributions in this annual statewide competition. For more information, contact Elvon Reed, Director of Education, at 501.683.3592.
Get ready for a musical extravaganza as Dr. Irma Routen presents her Little Rock area children’s choir, Voices Without Borders, live in concert! This performance is always a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss it! For group reservations, please contact Elvon Reed, Director of Education at 501.683.3592.
Inductee of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and renowned psychologist, educator, author and community activist Dr. Robert L Williams, will discuss the state of race relations in America. Topics will include: police violence and black men in America, black on black violence, and other social issues confronting the African-American community. He will also discuss solutions to challenges confronting young people today.Dr. Williams is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology and African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and a prominent figure in the history of African American psychology. As stalwart critic of racial and cultural biases in IQ testing, Williams is known for developing the Black Intelligence Test of Cultural Homogeneity and coining the term "Ebonics" in 1973. He was a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologist and served as its second President.Dr. Williams has appeared in the public eye on numerous occasions, appearing on television with Dan Rather, Phil Donahue and Montel Williams. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 501-683-3593
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