From The Executive Director
Welcome, from the Executive Director.
In 2018, the Arts & Science Center will celebrate our first fifty years serving Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas. Through our commitment to providing high-caliber programming, generously supported by countless individuals, businesses, and foundations, ASC continues to be an intersection of arts, science, and performing arts—bringing people together for exhibitions, hands-on art and science activities, theater, and music—ensuring a cultural gathering place for people who might, otherwise, never cross paths. Think of ASC as a magnet for creativity, critical thinking, and lifelong learning.
Art exhibitions feature the work of Arkansas artists, art of the Delta, and art by African American artists. Community gathers to meet the artists at openings where ArtKrewe volunteers host receptions in the tradition of true Southern hospitality. Artists often give free art workshops during Second Saturday Family FunDays—exceptional opportunities to meet and learn from artists firsthand.
Science exhibitions come to us through partnership in the Arkansas Discovery Network which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Science exhibitions are also free and Second Saturday Family FunDays alternate hands-on art and science for young and old. We provide a venue and activities that encourage inter-generational learning and play. Many of our science activities originate from the best science museums in the United States: San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Oregon’s Museum of Science and Industry.
If you would like invitations and information on our events, sign up for our e-blasts.
In addition to upcoming event information, this website also serves as a repository of the great history of events at ASC. Visit our archive of exhibitions, theatrical productions, and “Trip Down Memory Lane” the videotaped interviews that capture some favorite moments of the past decades. Education support includes planning for school field trips and classroom lesson plans.
The Arts & Science Center brings excellence to the region through accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by fewer than 4% of museums in the United States. This high standard of work, free gallery admission, and free hands-on activities are possible due to the generosity of sponsors, foundations, and members. Your support is welcome through membership, exhibition or performing arts sponsorships, education event sponsorship, summer camp scholarships, donations for memorials or honoraria, named endowments, or legacy giving.
Join us in celebrating,
Rachel M. Miller, PhD