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From the Director

Laine HarberI was thrilled to reveal our plans earlier this month on our move to a temporary home in the Riverdale Shopping Center during our upcoming renovation and expansion project!

The temporary location is only three miles from MacArthur Park, and will include studio space for Museum School classes, design and rehearsal space for the Children’s Theatre and additional flexible spaces for offices, retail, facilities storage and educational programs. Our staff of approximately 100 full-and part-time employees will office out of the Riverdale location during the renovation, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

This innovative solution would not be possible without the unwavering support of our Foundation board and Arts Center board in continuing to fulfill our mission and vision while we undergo these much-needed renovations. I want to personally thank AAC Board President Merritt Dyke for his dedicated leadership during this process, and Foundation Board Chair Bobby Tucker for his steadfast commitment to this project.

The support we’ve received throughout this endeavor has been overwhelming, and I also want to thank Harriet and Warren Stephens, who are chairing our capital campaign. Without their leadership, this project would not be where it is today.

And thanks to your support, the Arts Center’s impact in our community will continue to be immense and enduring. Our programs will continue to span across communities and extend across the state over the next two and a half years.

So what does this mean for your membership? It means you’ll have many opportunities to engage with programs you know and love (and some new ones) at a variety of offsite locations. Plus, you can be among a special group of people who maintain their memberships throughout our renovation time period. This dedicated group will receive exclusive access and benefits now through 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

Please join us in MacArthur Park for what will be the last summer of programming in our current space. This issue highlights programs and events throughout March, April and May, including Photographing Frida and the 61st Annual Delta Exhibition.

Come see us!

Laine Harber

Interim Director, CFO
Arkansas Arts Center

Hours: Tues - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun 11 AM - 5 PM      Address: 9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, P.O. Box 2137, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-2137      Phone: 501.372.4000

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