The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., announces upcoming events starting in April:
Saturdays — Yoga for Kids from 10:15–11 a.m.
The arts center will conduct Yoga for Kids on Saturdays from 10:15 –11 a.m. Children ages 7 and up are invited to join the event. Classes use Yoga for Kids, a 4-H Healthy Living Program developed by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. “Yoga is a great way to increase fitness, decrease stress, and improve mental focus in a noncompetitive manner,” according to a news release.
Photography I with Eric Maynard – April 5-May 10
The arts center will offer a 6-week photography class with Eric Maynard. This class will teach the features and functions of cameras, what the various settings are, and how to use them. Students will also go over portrait techniques and landscape photography while learning how and why to control aperture and shutter speeds. A SLR camera is strongly recommended but not required. The class will be held Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at ASC April 5-May 10. The cost is $95 for ASC members and $125 for non-members due at registration. Advanced registration is required. Call 870-536-3375 or info@ASC701.org to register. Space is limited.
Live @5 - April 6
Live@5 for April will feature Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain. Live@5 features live music from 5-7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The cost of the event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The event is for guests 21 or older.
Free Second Saturday Family FunDay, April 14
From 1-3 p.m. April 14, the center invites the community to the Second Saturday Family FunDay. “Join us for an afternoon creating hand-dyed textiles. You will design your own pattern and make a hand-dyed batik bandanna. This project takes about an hour to finish, please bring a plastic bag to take your bandanna home in,” according to the release.
ASC’s Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theater. Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are free and led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff. Second Saturday Family FunDay is sponsored by The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.
Dorothy in Oz — April 26-27
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour will perform Dorothy in Oz at the Arts & Science Center at 10 a.m. and noon April 26-27. Tickets are $5 per student with one free teacher ticket with the purchase of 25 student tickets. To purchase tickets, call 870-536-3375.
Children’s Theatre on Tour is part of the Statewide ArtsReach Programs at the Arkansas Arts Center, the state’s premier center for visual and performing arts.
Dorothy in Oz is written by Keith Smith and directed by Katie Campbell.
“Once upon a time, a simple young lady from the plain Kansas prairie was swept away on a whirlwind adventure into a land of awesome beauty, surprising creatures, and wonderful magic,” according to the release. “Now she’s going back to be a very special guest at the birthday party of Princess Ozma of Oz where an exciting telling of her own story is to be the highlight of the festivities. Dorothy couldn’t be more excited. The only question is: how will she get there this time? Cyclone? Sea voyage gone awry? Earthquake? An enchanted road? It seems that all ways lead to Oz if you can just find the right one for you.”
The 2017-2018 season is sponsored by Diane Suitt Gilleland and U.S. Bank Foundation with additional support by The Shubert Foundation.
Free educational activity guides for each show are available at arkansasartscenter.org/activity-guides. Details: Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre on Tour, contact Jessica Wright, Sr. Education Specialist for Statewide ArtsReach Programs: 501-396-0350 or email@example.com.
Fire & Fiber: New Works exhibit April 26
The opening reception for Fire & Fiber: New Works by Sofia V. Gonzales and David Clemons, will be held at the arts and science center from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, April 26.
Fire & Fiber features the work of metalsmith, David Clemons, and fiber artist, Sofia V. Gonzalez.
“Clemons’ sculpture and jewelry conjoin the raw power of metalwork and delicate use of wood, gems, or other found objects. Gonzalez conjures a palette from nature dyeing silk, wool, and cotton to form exquisite layers of her sculptures,” according to the release.
The community is invited to join the center for a free reception with refreshments as they celebrate the work of Clemons and Gonzalez. The exhibition is sponsored by Relyance Bank and The Arkansas Arts Council.
Details: www.asc701.org or 870-536-3375.