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Will Counts: The Central High School Photographs – Programs

August

 

Super Sunday Free Family Funday

Sunday, August 13

12 – 3 p.m.

Families will explore digital photography by taking pictures of their favorite things around the AAC. Drop in between noon and 3 p.m.

Alice Pratt Brown Atrium

Free.


Feed Your Mind Friday

Friday, August 18

12 – 1 p.m.

Experience a tour of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site from National Park Service Rangers.

Special Location: Meet at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center (2120 W Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202)

Free. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call 501-396-0376 to reserve your tour spot.


Art After Hours with Michelle Andonian

Thursday, August 24

5:30 p.m. Book Signing and Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture

Michelle Andonian has been telling powerful stories for more than 30 years through award-winning still photographs and videos. As a producer, director and photographer, she has spent the past decade photographing children’s philanthropic programs around the world, while partnering with organizations like UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Smile and EasterSeals. Michelle’s editorial work has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and her photographs are in the permanent collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Henry Ford Museum, The Grand Rapids Art Museum as well as public and private collections worldwide.

A book signing will take place before the lecture. Following the lecture, the galleries, Museum Shop and Canvas restaurant will be open until 9 p.m.

Lower Lobby Lecture Hall, Galleries, Museum Shop, Canvas restaurant

Free for members, $10 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Click here for tickets.


Film Series: "Through a Lens Darkly"

Thursday, August 31

5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture

Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People."

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.

Lower Lobby Lecture Hall

Free. Space is limited, reservations are required. Click here for tickets.


September



Art After Hours: The History of Little Rock Central High School

Thursday, September 14

5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture

Learn the story behind Will Counts' photographs in a lecture presented by Jodi Morris and Toni Phinisey-Webber of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

Following the Lecture, the galleries, Museum Shop and Canvas restaurant will be open until 9 p.m.

Lower Lobby Lecture Hall, Galleries, Museum Shop, Canvas restaurant

Free for members, $10 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Click here for tickets.


Film Series: "Dream Land"

Thursday, September 21

5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Lecture

In collaboration with AETN, join us for a screening of the documentary "Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street."

Little Rock, Arkansas's, West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness of the street's former glory days. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Taborian Hall housed varied and important black businesses, including professional offices, a USO, the Gem Pharmacy and the Dreamland Ballroom. By the 1930s, Dreamland was firmly established as a stop on the "Chitlin Circuit," which showcased regional and national African-American bands and stage shows. It was also host to local musicians, dances, socials, concerts and sporting events.

This documentary seeks to recognize, memorialize and share this history. The spirit and hard work of the people and the implications of federal programs such as Urban Renewal, school desegregation, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program are explored. West 9th Street and the Dreamland Ballroom have patiently waited for their story to unfold so new audiences can connect to their historical past and unknown future.

Lower Lobby Lecture Hall

Free. Space is limited, reservations are required. Click here for tickets.


Feed Your Mind Friday

Friday, September 22

12 – 1 p.m.

Don’t miss a special performance by CORE, a dance group that specializes in site-specific choreography for museum environments. This performance will be held in conjunction to the Will Counts exhibition at AAC and commemorates, in part, the Little Rock Nine. CORE Performance Company is a dance organization dual-based in Atlanta and Houston, led by co-founder and artistic director Sue Schroeder.

Alice Pratt Brown Atrium

Free.

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