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Statewide ArtsReach Programs Calendar

2018–2019 Statewide ArtsReach Programs

Below are the Arkansas Arts Center 2018–2019 Statewide ArtsReach Programs.

Interested in booking a Statewide ArtsReach Program?

Please contact the Statewide ArtsReach Program at 501-396-0367 or via email for availability.


Who What Wear

Who What Wear presents a tailored collection of original artworks from the Arkansas Arts Center’s permanent collection. While engaging with these diverse representations of clothing, viewers are invited to try on the idea that who they are is reflected in what they wear.

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Children's Theatre on Tour


The Tortoise and the Hare (and Other Turtle Tales)

Adapted by Keith Smith from traditional folktales

January 15 – February 10, 2019

One of Aesop’s most famous fables is about a boastful bunny who learns a valuable lesson: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

Of course, Aesop lived in ancient Greece, but there are turtle and tortoise stories (each with its own lesson) from many different cultures and traditions. From the Philippines comes the story of The Turtle and the Monkey. There’s also an African folktale about The Singing Tortoise, while Japanese culture gives us The Singing Turtle. From Bolivia there’s even The Song of the Armadillo. (Okay, not a tortoise, but she’s got a shell—and a very sweet story to tell.)

Through music and dance and witty turtle wordplay, this lively roundup of culturally diverse tortoise tales celebrates one thing that every culture holds in common: the fun of storytelling!

The Emperor's New Clothes

Adapted by Keith Smith from the story by Hans Christian Andersen

April 2 – May 12, 2019

The emperor loves clothes. His favorite thing to do is to dress up in lavish new outfits of the latest and boldest styles and admire himself for hours on end in his great imperial mirror. The emperor is a silly man.

Then one day a weaver arrives who claims to weave a very special cloth—a fabric so fine, so delicate, says he, that garments crafted from it are totally invisible to anyone but the most clever and sophisticated citizens. The emperor is delighted. He simply must have such an outfit and he simply must wear it in a grand procession through the capital city. What could go wrong? Right?

When the day of the procession arrives, the whole city is, of course, dazzled by their emperor’s new clothes. That is, until one wise little boy courageously pipes up: “Hey! The emperor has no clothes!” Then the real fun begins.

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Traveling Exhibitions

Please contact the Statewide ArtsReach Program at 501-396-0367 or via email for more information about our traveling exhibitions and venue requirements.

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Young Arkansas Artists on Tour

The Young Arkansas Artists (YAA) on Tour is organized by the Arkansas Arts Center with the cooperation of the Arkansas Department of Education. Selected works from the YAA annual exhibition will tour the state. Creations by the state’s young artists demonstrate a great range, from the outpouring of youthful expression to more sophisticated artwork from higher grade levels. YAA on Tour showcases the talent of Arkansas’ youth and inspires young artists to achieve—and perhaps exceed—the talent of their peers in the pursuit of a lifelong relationship with the arts. 

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