The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., invites the community to “Ring In The New Year” with them and help celebrate the center’s “First 50 Years of Service” in 2018.

Upcoming events include:

Saturday, Jan. 13:

1-3 p.m. Creative Construction Zone

Join the center in exploring the Creative Construction Zone, a new tinkering studio.

“We will build-play with Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks featuring ‘bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels and parts that suggest motion or connectivity’,” according to a news release.

The Creative Construction Zone also includes interactive construction-influenced playsets to add to the simulation experience.

1-3:30 p.m. Free film screening of “I Am Not Your Negro”

The community is invited to join the Arts & Science Center for an exclusive screening of the Academy Award-Nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.” The event is sponsored by AETN/PBS and is free to the public. The work began as a letter in 1979 by author James Baldwin outlining a biography of slain civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., according to a news release. Filmmaker Raoul Peck used the letter, along with Baldwin’s public statements for an examination of race in America, according to the release. Award-winning actor, Samuel L. Jackson narrates the film. “I Am Not Your Negro” was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Following the film screening, a panel discussion will be held with John Kirk, director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Anderson Institute for Race and Ethnicity, state Rep. Vivian Flowers, and John Foster, associate professor of sociology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. ASC is partnering with the Arkansas River Educational Service Cooperative to provide area teachers professional development hours for attending the event.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Science and Engineering Institute @Pine Bluff

All Arkansas 6th-10th graders are invited to attend the Science and Engineering Institute @Pine Bluff at the Arts & Science Center. Sessions include the Spectre of Spectra, in which students will learn how to use a spectroscope, interpret the results, and make a portable spectroscope to take home.

Students should bring an empty regular-sized Pringles can to build the spectroscope. Students may also attend The Enlightening World of Optics session in which students will explore various aspects of light and color, such as LEDs, lasers, polarization, color mixing, how people perceive colors, UV radiation and more. Students should bring sunglasses, (ones with polarized lenses if possible.) The event is free and registration is required.

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 #GildTheDelta Exhibition

The exhibition opening reception will be held for #GildTheDelta: Recent Works By Norwood Creech with artist remarks at 5:30 p.m.

“Through paint and pastel, Norwood captures the Delta agricultural landscape and elevates the miles of crops into gilded works of art,” according to a news release. “Each painting depicts a specific place: from Native American burial mounds to exact roadside locations, farmer’s pivots in the field to Johnny Cash’s childhood home.”

“Creech describes the impulse to gild as ‘an ultimate gesture when one finds themselves in love, enchanted, or captivated with a person or thing. Raise its value even more, by preserving it with a precious metal, much like sealing a relationship with that band of gold; dipping the baby shoes in sterling; or living amongst the gilded Louis XVI furnishings trappings of your average authoritarian,”according to the release.

“In this series of work, #GildTheDelta, I have incorporated gold and metallics, in my plein air and studio landscape paintings, heightening the symbolic glorification, and my love, of Arkansas’ delta,” according to the release.

4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 UAPB & ASC: Five Decades of Collaboration

The Arts & Science Center and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present Five Decades of Collaboration starting with an exhibition opening reception then remarks at 4:30 p.m. at the center. This exhibition features artwork from the center’s Permanent Collection by UAPB faculty and students.

The reception will be followed by Live@5 featuring the UAPB Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free in appreciation to the community during the center’s 50th anniversary.

“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), an historically Black college in existence for over 140 years, and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC), which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, have enjoyed decades of collaboration,” according to a news release.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22-24 Crossroad Festival: Exploring Jefferson County’s Cultural Heritage

The Crossroad Festival will explore Jefferson County’s French, Quapaw Indian, and African American cultural heritage from its historic roots to contemporary iterations through the interpretive lens of film, music, dance, and living history, according to a news release. The festival is free and open to the public.

Details: 870-536-3375, or . The Arts & Science Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. New Saturday hours begin Jan. 6 when the center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.