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The striking architectural design for the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center will strengthen the connections between the visual and performing arts in an inclusive space that welcomes a diverse community.

The central gesture of the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center – a folded, thin-plate structure running through the existing museum complex – will give the AAC a highly visible new architectural identity and connect its diverse programs. In tandem to the new construction, the design makes visible the original, 1937 façade as an important component of a new, open axis of pedestrian circulation through the building from MacArthur Park to Crescent Drive. Renovations to existing spaces will substantially improve usable program areas for exhibition, education, and performance and create new, highly sustainable areas for the public to explore and enjoy the vibrant programs of the AAC.

The Arts Center’s transformation will also extend to MacArthur Park, bringing new outdoor amenities to the park. Drawing inspiration from Little Rock’s unique regional ecologies – including the banks of Fourche Creek, the bluffs of Emerald Park, and the agrarian landscapes of the Mississippi Delta – the landscape design features inviting outdoor spaces that contribute to AAC’s emerging role as a cultural beacon for Arkansas.

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