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.
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.
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.
Let’s do lunch at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a special installment of the popular It’s in the Bag: Lunch ‘n Learn Series. We are celebrating “Six in September,” to commemorate our Sixth Anniversary on Tuesday, September 9 from 11:30am to 12:30pm. We’ll provide lunch! As we mark "Six in September" we will celebrate the first six years of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and also the legacy of Historic West Ninth Street. This celebration will feature live music by Off the Cuff as well as an informative panel discussion on Historic West Ninth Street featuring Dr. John Kirk of the UALR History Department and John Cain of the Mosaic Templars Building and Preservation Society.For more information or to share your memories of Historic West Ninth Street call 501.683.3620.
September's first Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is an interesting look at the planning and creation of Pulaski County's River Trail. Join Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines on Wednesday, September 10, at noon, as he speaks about bicycling in Central Arkansas. Villines will end his term as county judge after this year, having served in the position since 1991. In that time, he has overseen several major infrastructure projects and special projects that include the Big Dam Bridge, the Two Rivers Park and Central Arkansas's River Trail.
Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Soft drinks and water are provided. Admission is free.
Music by Big Silver headlines September’s Second Friday Art Night on Friday, September 12, as part of Second Friday Art Night. The acclaimed Little Rock band will be playing on the lawn of the museum starting at 5:30 pm. Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music and mid-September weather. Big Silver can be heard here.In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside. Food and drinks will be provided for this free event.
Join the Friends of MTCC for "The Last Southern Gentlemen Tour" featuring Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis. Don't miss a Sunday evening filled with jazz reminiscent of the golden age of Little Rock’s “Little Harlem.” Tickets start at $25.
Aspiring young artists are invited to this free session with Grammy Award-winning musician Delfeayo Marsalis. For more information or to RSVP please send an email to email@example.com or call 501.683.3620.
Stop by to wish us “Happy Birthday!” and listen to live music. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
In partnership with the Little Rock Film Festival and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic site, MTCC is proud to be a site for the 2014 Reel Civil Rights Film Festival. The festival commemorates the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.It is a celebration of educators featuring Dr. Terrence Roberts. Honorees include: ?Dr. Beverly White, Dr. Dexter Suggs, Ms. O. Fazion, Sammie Nell-Tollette, Nancy Rousseau, Dr. Dexter Booth, Thelma Mothershed, Sue Cowles-Williams and Ed Hawkins Sr.Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.Screening of the documentary film "Home of the Brave" about civil rights activist, Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965 as she campaigned for black suffrage in Selma, Alabama. Liuzzo was the only white women killed during the civil rights movement in American. Told through the eyes of her children, the film follows the on-going struggle of an American family trying to survive the consequences of their mother’s heroism and the mystery behind her murder.The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe and Sally Liuzzo-Prado, daughters of Viola Liuzzo, and former U.S. Representative, Vic Snyder.
Enjoy some of the best blues music around at the DCC's Miller Annex during the King Biscuit Blues Festival. This indoor venue provides a place to get out of the elements, and get "up close and personal" with some of the artists.
Vince Cheney 3:00/3:45
Linsey Alexander Band 4:00/5:00
Clarke Buehling 11:00/11:45
Charles Wods 12:00/12:45
Lonnie Shields 1:00/1:45
Heavy Suga & The SweeTones 2:00/2:45
Demetria Taylor 3:00/3:45
Marquis Knox 4:00/5:00
Cash McCall Band 11:00/11:45
Veronika Jackson 12:00/12:45
Big George Brock & His House Rockers 1:15/2:00
David Kimbrough, Jr. Band 2:30/3:30
Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith Band 4:00/5:00
KBBF Youth Jam 5:30/6:30
Join us for our special Halloween installment of Second Friday Cinema! This month we'll be screening the cult classic film "The Legend of Boggy Creek." The film was made in Texarkana by auteur Charles B. Pierce, and is one of his most well known movies. Using a documentary style, Pierce tells the story of a community terrorized by the Fouke monster. The low-budget movie has been cited as one of the biggest influence on the "Blair Witch Project" and many other films. As always 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.
November's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is presented by Marie Williams. Arkansas Senator and state Supreme Court Justice, James D. “Jim” Johnson has been portrayed as one of the most outspoken racist politicians of Arkansas’s history. His legacy includes an Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that gave Arkansas the right to nullify federal law. He is also remembered for being a constant thorn in the side of Governor Orval Faubus. A look at the evidence surrounding Johnson’s political career suggests that Johnson was not purely motivated by race. Johnson started the White Citizens’ Council of Arkansas in 1955 in response to the integration of the Hoxie School District. Hoxie became Johnson’s soapbox and the Citizens’ Council became his campaign vehicle. The tactics he used to fight integration in Hoxie were unlike those of other Arkansas segregationists. Instead of citing race as the reason for his campaign in Hoxie, Johnson brought the Second Red Scare to Arkansas. He appealed to a wider audience by accusing integrationists of being communists. Using primary source information, this presentation outlines the methods used by Johnson in 1955 as he started his campaign for governor. Marie Williams is currently finishing her Master's Degree in History from Arkansas Tech University. She is an Arkansas native who lives in Dover with her husband and their two children.
"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.
Taste and rate your favorite brews during Second Friday Art Night at the Old State House Museum. Homebrew for the Holidays is the long running annual showcase for the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Homebrewers from across Central Arkansas will put their work up to the test, with a contest that needs your input! Live music and refreshments will make this a can't miss event for beer lovers in the area.
The traditions of joyous family holiday celebrations past can be relived at Holiday Open House. Visitors will find the Old State House colorfully decorated for the season. Fun, hands-on activities will be available to children; they can create unique holiday cards and more. Delightful carols will be performed by local music groups. Visitors will also enjoy delicious cookies and punch. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information. Admission is free.
The Old State House Museum welcomes the Arkansas Chamber Singers performing their annual holiday concert. The group will be performing Christmas and Holiday music including works popular during the Civil War and will be performed in the acoustically rich house chamber of the Old State House Museum for three nights. Admission is free, but seating may be limited, so reserve your seats now at http://www.ar-chambersingers.org/holiday.htm
January's installment of Second Friday Cinema features "End of the Line," a movie directed by Arkansan Jay Russell and featuring Arkansans Mary Steenburgen and Levon Helm. The film is about two rail workers from Little Rock who hop aboard a train to Chicago in a last ditch effort to save their jobs and way of life. 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.
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