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We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas

Permanent Exhibit
Historic Arkansas Museum

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.

January
21-01

King Biscuit Time

Each weekday
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
DCC Visitors Center 141 Cherry Street Helena-West Helena

“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 info@deltaculturalcenter.com.

Ongoing
 

Songs from the Field

February 27, 2014 - December 31, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
141 Cherry St.

"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.

Ongoing
 

Delta Doins' -Exploring the Arkansas Delta

Four dates between June 12 & July 31
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beth El Heritage Hall, corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.

Educational Programs for Summer 2014: Thursday, June 12th - Bugs of the Delta: Maggie Howard, park interpreter at Delta Heritage Trail State Park, will talk about bugs that are common to this area and children will participate in an art activity to construct an insect. Thursday, June 26 - Birds of the Delta: Ms. Howard will talk about how the birds help control the pesky bugs and discuss the importance of bird houses. Participants will build a birdhouse and will learn to identify birds by their songs. Thursday, July 17 - Flags Over the Delta: Tara Gillander, park interpreter for the Mississippi River State Park, will discuss the fur traders and soldiers who explored the Delta and teach the participants to use a compass. They will also learn about animal skins and how they were used by the explorers. Thursday, July 31 - Arkansas State Symbols: Jack Myers, education coordinator for the Delta Cultural Center, will present the final program. Participants will be introduced to the symbols and what they say about our state. They will have coloring pages to take home. Space is limited to 10 children per session. Register at the DCC Visitors Center.

Ongoing
 

27th Annual Small Works on Paper

July 4 through August 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
141 Cherry St.

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.

Ongoing
 

Lorenzo Smith Music Camp

July 15 – August 8
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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.

Ongoing
 

Fine Tuned Strings: The Guitars of Delta Cultural Center

July 17 through December 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visitors Center, 141 Cherry St.

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.

July
24-25

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: ‘Will They Fight? Ask the Enemy’: United States Colored Troops at Big Creek

July 24, 2014
Noon

Brian K. Robertson presents an informative discussion on the role of African Americans in the Battle of Big Creek, which took place nearly 150 years ago, on July 26th, 1864.

Robertson is an award-winning author and the senior archivist and manager of the Research Services Division at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.

Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Soft drinks and water are provided. Admission is free.

August
07-08

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “The Queen City Was a Helpless Wreck”: J.O. Shelby’s Summer of ’64

August 7, 2014
Noon
Old State House Museum

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.

August
11

Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

August 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Beth El Heritage Hall, Corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.

Dr. Bill Gurley, author and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will present a program on Civil War Medicine.

Ongoing
 

Delta in Blue

August 14 through December 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
141 Cherry St.

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.

August
16-17

Under Two Governments: A Seminar on Civil War Arkansas in 1864

August 16, 2014
9:00 am-Noon
Old State House Museum

“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.

August
23

Let's Talk...About Breastfeeding

August 23, 2014
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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 cicely.jackson@arkansas.gov or at 501-661-2282.

August
27-28

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Bicycling in Little Rock, circa 1886

August 27, 2014
Noon
Old State House Museum

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.

August
30

Filmmakers Corner Film Festival

August 30, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Join us for an evening of innovative contemporary film in a variety of forms, including: web series, documentaries, shorts, and features.

Filmmakers Corner is a collective of black filmmakers in Arkansas. The Filmmakers Corner Film Festival showcases the many talented black filmmakers and storytellers in Arkansas and abroad. Films in this year’s festival are from as far as Nigeria, Portugal, and United Arab Emirates. Films include Official 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). Contact Brian Lee to RSVP at 501.351.0452 or filmmakerscornerfilmfestival@gmail.com.

November
10

Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

November 10, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Beth El Heritage Hall, Corner of Perry & Pecan Sts.

"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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