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COVID-19 Updates

The Next Executive Director of the AAC, Dr. Victoria RamirezMarch 31, 2020

In times of uncertainty, the arts can play an important role in bringing us hope, solace and a sense of community. While the Arkansas Arts Center’s in-person programs are postponed, we are offering creative and engaging arts experiences where many people are now gathering for conversation and connection – online.

Two weeks ago, the Arkansas Arts Center launched Arkansas Arts Center Amplified, a new Facebook group featuring highlights of artworks from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, Children’s Theatre performances, artist demonstrations and episodes of “Our Work Continues,” our original web series documenting our move to Riverdale and ongoing programming.

Arkansas Arts Center Amplified will continue to offer engaging arts experiences online while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health authorities recommend social distancing. Following guidance from the City of Little Rock and public health officials, the Arkansas Arts Center’s Riverdale location is closed to the public until further notice, and we will continue to provide updates about future programming in the coming weeks.

The Arts Center has also donated gloves and masks from exhibition and Museum School supplies to local hospitals to aid and protect our local healthcare professionals, including providing 800 particulate masks and 900 gloves to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Additionally, Museum School and Children’s Theatre staff have been utilizing fabric supplies and sewing masks at home to provide to the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

During this time, I want you to know that construction on the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center in MacArthur Park continues on schedule, with additional health and safety precautions in place to ensure the safety of those working on site. The renovated Arkansas Arts Center is scheduled to reopen in Spring of 2022.

Your membership is a vital part of sustaining the Arts Center at this critical time. We are continuing to pay the salaries of our staff, our Museum School instructors and theatre artists during our closure, and we are hard at work on ways to provide you with exclusive member events and benefits in a digital format. Thank you for your ongoing support.

On a global scale, what we are experiencing right now is unprecedented. Our arts community, like so many others, is facing historic challenges. Our connection to the arts is the very thing that reminds us of our humanity and our resilience.

If you have ever considered becoming a member or making a donation, we ask that you join us now. We are committed to standing alongside our community as we emerge from this moment, but we need your help to do it. Together, we can ensure the continued growth of the Arts Center and the arts in Arkansas.

Please stay well, and we hope to see you very soon.

Dr. Victoria Ramirez

Executive Director

Arkansas Arts Center

 


March 13, 2020

Dear Patron,

The Arkansas Arts Center continues to monitor the constantly shifting situation regarding the spread of COVID-19. Following guidance from the City of Little Rock and public health officials, the Arkansas Arts Center’s Riverdale location will be closed to the public starting close of business on Friday, March 13 and remain closed until further notice.

Your health and the health of our staff is our highest priority at this time. We have been taking proactive precautionary measures for the past several weeks, including implementing rigorous cleaning routines and staying up to date on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arkansas Department of Health recommendations. While we don't currently have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the AAC, we believe this time calls for us to postpone or minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible. We want to take all prudent steps to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community.

All programming through March 30 is canceled or postponed. We are continuing to closely monitor the situation, and will make updates about future programming in the coming weeks.

Below is a list of programs that are canceled or postponed:

Friday, March 13 – Monday, March 16: Museum School classes and workshops

Monday, March 16: Art Together at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Cox Building

Monday, March 16: Contemporaries “Night at the Museum School”

Wednesday, March 18: ArtStart! at CALS Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center

Friday, March 20 – Sunday, March 22: Pay What You Can performances of The Arkansas Story Porch and Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: A Play for the Very Young at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Riverdale Location

Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27: Spring Break Camps, including Color Me Crazy and Cosplay Quest, at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Riverdale Location

Tuesday, April 7: Why Have You Not Heard of These Artists? An Overlooked Generation of Abstract Painters: A Conversation with Melissa Messina at CALS Ron Robinson Theatre

Please call (501) 372-4000 or email info@arkansasartscenter.org with any further questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the Arkansas Arts Center, and we hope to see you soon.

Take care,

Victoria Ramirez

Executive Director
Arkansas Arts Center

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