The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., announced several March events.
From The Vault: Works from the Permanent Collection Exhibition — Opens.
ASC’s newest exhibition “From the Vault” showcases recent acquisitions to ASC’s Permanent Collection. The display opened Feb. 22 and is on view in the Ben J. Altheimer Gallery through Aug. 15.
“From the Vault” is sponsored by the Kline Family Foundation and includes recent work by Rex Deloney, Rashawn Penister and Kasten Searles.
“The exhibition demonstrates ASC’s commitment to collecting the artwork of Arkansas artists, African American artists, and artists of the Delta,” according to a news release.
Live@5 featuring Paul Morphis — Friday, March. 6, 5–7 p.m.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Paul Morphis will be the guest musician during Live@5, inspired by ASC’s Crossroad Festival.
ASC hosts musicians who play genres focused on jazz, blues, and rock & roll on the first Friday of every month, 5-7 p.m. The cost is $5 for ASC members and $10 for nonmembers. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are provided and guests must be 21 or older to enter. This event is sponsored by M.K. Distributors.
Second Saturday Family FunDay: Archaeology Month — Saturday, March 14, 1–3 p.m.
March is Arkansas Archaeology Month. ASC will host Bob Scott from the Arkansas Archaeology Survey for Family FunDay, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The public is invited to explore the archaeological displays, hands-on activities and to speak with Scott.
ASC’s free Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts, science and theater activities led by visiting artists, art educators and ASC staff. Family FunDay is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.
Theater Mask and Performance Workshops — Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 1–3 p.m.
Through this theater workshop series, participants can learn the significance of Greek mask making, mold their own using paper mache and clay, and perform a scene using character building and storytelling.
This workshop series is free and open to the public, ages 12 and older. Participants are asked to commit to attend all four sessions, 1–3 p.m. Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4. Although free, registration is required. Participants may register at asc701.org/mask-workshop or call 870-536-3375. This series is sponsored by Relyance Bank.
Meet the Curator — Bimonthly series begins Thursday, March 19, 5:30–7 p.m.
The public is invited to the start of ASC’s “Meet the Curator” series Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7 p.m. Curator Chaney Jewell will lead a Q&A session with artists Scinthya Edwards and Sherry J. Williamson. Both have work on view in the exhibitions “Reunion” and “Whimsy & Flights of Fancy,” respectively.
This new bimonthly series will include rotating topics and themes. The next “Meet the Curator” sessions are set for May 14, July 9, Sept. 10 and Nov. 12. These events are free to the public and light refreshments will be provided. This series is made possible by grants from the Harold S. Seabrook Charitable Trust and the Kline Family Foundation.
CROSSROAD FESTIVAL BEGINS Saturday, March 7
The Arts & Science Center invites the community to explore Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas’s diverse cultural heritage during the third annual Crossroad Festival, 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
This year’s focus is on the contributions by the area’s women. All festival events are free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Families are encouraged to attend.
“Family Stories and Family Movie Maker” — 1–3 p.m.
This youth program invites visitors to bring their family stories to life. Hands-on activities include a “family movie maker” craft activity and interactive “family album” skits.
Inspired by ASC’s project and exhibition “Heritage Detectives: Discovering Arkansas’s Hidden Heritage,” the program encourages visitors to explore and document their family and area’s history.
“Women of the Arkansas Delta” — 3:30–5 p.m.
This program focuses on the 1976 oral history and photography project by the Pine Bluff Women’s Center. The original photography prints and final publication were discovered in ASC’s Permanent Collection in 2018. ASC Curator Chaney Jewell addresses the project.
“Gospel Women in Harmony: A Legacy of Female Quartets in Pine Bluff” — 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Jimmy Cunningham of the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance leads the festival’s evening program, which explores the tradition of local female gospel singers. The program will feature gospel groups The Spiritualettes, Sweet Melody and The Williams Singers.
The 2020 Crossroad Festival is made possible in part by grants from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission and Entergy Arkansas.