Arkansas Museums

Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Little Rock To Break Ground On Amphitheatre Renovations

The city of Little Rock's recreation department has scheduled a ground-breaking on a major renovation at a riverfront amphitheatre.

The West Amphitheatre is behind the Old State Capitol on the north side of LaHarpe Boulevard.

Improvements have already started with the recent planting of large oaks honoring late Little Rock architect Rick Redden, and at 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday a ground-breaking will be held to mark a new donation benefiting renovations.

The West Amphitheatre is a few blocks west of one behind the city's River Market. It will seat about 500 people.

Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Magnolia Properties Get Historic Designations

Two structures in Magnolia have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Banner-News reports that the president's house at Southern Arkansas University and the Rushton Clinic in Magnolia were named to the list after consideration earlier this year by the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame Announces 17 Grants

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that that it's awarding $50,000 in grants that will be shared among 17 nonprofit groups and agencies across the state.

The grants are administered by the Arkansas Community Foundation and are intended to support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small businesses and economic development.

The Hall of Fame says the grants will be awarded Thursday night during a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Wed June 5, 2013

More Than 120K Visitors Pack Arkansas Rockwell Exhibition

A Norman Rockwell self portrait.

More than 120,000 people visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for a special 11-week exhibition of the works of Norman Rockwell.

The Bentonville museum says attendance for the exhibition topped visitor numbers from 12 other cities where the exhibition has already been shown, including Sacramento, Calif.; Detroit, Raleigh, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla.

General admission to Crystal Bridges is free, but the Rockwell exhibition included a $12 admission fee for adults.

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Hollywood & Arkansas
3:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Exhibit To Feature Arkansans In The Movies

Little Rock native "Bronco Billy" Anderson dances amid gunfire in The Great Train Robbery.

A new exhibit focusing on the lives of Arkansas-born entertainers who went on to make a name for themselves in Hollywood will soon open at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

Lights! Camera! Arkansas! will review the careers of movie stars and directors who all had their origin in the state. Jo Ellen Mack, the museum’s curator, says recent stars and filmmakers like Mary Steenburgen, Lisa Blount and Jeff Nichols will be featured, as will entertainers from the silent movie era.

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Local & Regional News
6:02 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Little Rock Museums Lowering Rates For Riverfest

Downtown Little Rock

Two museums in downtown Little Rock are lowering their admission rates during this year's Riverfest. 

The Clinton Presidential Center and the Museum of Discovery are offering $5 admission during operating hours for the festival over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Clinton Center is to be open Friday through May 27, which is Memorial Day. The Discovery Museum is to be closed Friday but it is planning special programs while it is open the rest of the holiday weekend.

Riverfest draws about 250,000 people to downtown Little Rock each year.

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Local & Regional News
6:14 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Research Center At UALR Receives $20,000 Grant

The Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is receiving a $20,000 grant for an exhibit on stereotypes of Native Americans.

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council is awarding the grant to the research center to process and exhibit the Herschfelder-Molin Stereotypes Collection.

The collection shows American Indians during the history of the United States being depicted stereotypically as the "noble savage," the "Indian princess" and the "drunken Indian."

History & Culture In Helena-West Helena
7:04 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Two

The Delta Cultural Center on Cherry Street in downtown Helena.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Helena-West Helena is part of Phillips County in the Arkansas Delta. According to U.S. Census data, the county’s population decreased over 17 percent in the last ten years, which means by some estimates the population is less than half of what it was in the 1950s. However, new community-led efforts in Helena-West Helena seek to make the area’s history and culture a catalyst for investment and growth.

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Local & Regional News
6:04 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Crystal Bridges Expands Rockwell Exhibit Hours

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is expanding its Saturday hours for viewing of the popular Norman Rockwell exhibition. Regular Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. But the Rockwell exhibit, the museum store and the coffee bar will be open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays through the end of its run May 27. 

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Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening

Johnny Cash

Organizers haven't set a date yet but the restoration of the Johnny Cash home in Dyess is on track to open in 2014. 

The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building. The structures should be ready for visitors in fall of next year.

The home is being renovated to look as it did when the Cash family moved to the Dyess Colony in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression.

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