Although 2017 was a year of transition, the integrity of ASC’s arts and cultural service to the community was far from comprised. As a testament to ASC’s resilience and adaptability, its institutional memory continues to be preserved and utilized by long-term staff who strive to provide the very best in arts & technology youth and family programming, community outreach, performing arts, and exhibitions. I am immensely grateful to all the ASC Board of Trustees members, ASC member family, and community partners who made me feel welcomed and offered support and guidance throughout the past months. I can confidently say I have found my dream job!
This spring ASC was nominated for a Henry Award for Excellence in Arkansas Tourism in the Arkansas Heritage category at the 43rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Our nominated outreach project Heritage Detectives: Discovering Southeast Arkansas’s Hidden Heritage placed a historian and artist in Pine Bluff, Dumas, McGehee, and Lake Village classrooms to work with students on uncovering and depicting the diverse cultural influences of Southeast Arkansas through pictorial histories. The completed pictorial histories created by the students through this mentorship continue to be on display at each city’s Chamber of Commerce.
In 2017, ASC served 30,410 people, up 7,044 from 2016. This increase stems from diversifying our programming and sticking to our goal to provide more off-campus outreach throughout the region. We added documentary film screenings, more Pre-K Literacy & Arts outreach programs, a community bike repair studio, after-school STEAM program, longer summer youth camps; expanded arts & tech outreach programs to area libraries, Senior Centers, Boys & Girls Club, and adult developmental centers, and grew our partnership with UAPB’s Merchandising, Textile & Design program. Our successful growth is absolutely made possible by your continued participation and financial support.
Next year marks ASC’s 50th anniversary and we could not have reached this milestone without the countless people, businesses and foundations that have so generously supported ASC’s endeavors to provide Southeast Arkansas high-caliber, community-oriented education programming. Your dedication to ensuring access to the arts and sciences for everyone is the source of the Arts & Science Center’s longevity. We look forward to the next 50 years serving our community.
Join us in celebrating,
Rachel Miller, Executive Director