2016 ACANSA Arts Festival Events Schedule

AcansaLogoACANSA Gallery
Friday, September 9 – Friday, September 30
Monday-Saturday: 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
The Concordia Gallery
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201

Free Admission

To highlight local visual arts and artists, ACANSA presents a “pop up” gallery!  Opening on Little Rock’s second Friday Art Walk at the Concordia Galley in the Butler Center, the ACANSA Gallery will display works from local galleries in Little Rock and North Little Rock.  A brochure with information and maps to galleries will be available.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 9 during “2nd Friday Art Night”. The gallery will be on exhibit through September 30.

Lunch and Learn Days
Noon – 1:00p.m.

Free Admission

Lunch and Learn Days are back! Join us at various locations during the noon hour. Bring your lunch and learn something you did not know about your favorite art forms.

Thursday, September 22
Pat Matthews Studio Gallery
909 North Street
Little Rock, AR  72201

Sponsored by: DOWNSTREAM Casino Resort

Join artists Pat Matthews and his wife Tracee Gentry-Matthews for a painting demonstration at their unique working studio / gallery in downtown Little Rock.

Friday, September 23
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

Sponsored by: Laurianne Heisler

Come for a tour and explore Arkansas’s African American history, life, art, and culture at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Award winning artist and teacher, Rex Deloney will be speaking about his experience as an artist, there will be a tour after the discussion for those who would like to stay

Festival Opening
Wednesday, September 21
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Junior League of Little Rock Headquarters
401 Scott Street
Little Rock, AR  72201

Tickets – $75.00

Sponsored by: City of Little Rock

Join Ballet Arkansas as they perform at ACANSA’s Festival Opening. Ballet Arkansas’ company dancers will present a variety of short works from classical ballet with tutus and pointe shoes to contemporary works, utilizing movement that will showcase the dancers’ versatility and physicality. Accompanied by musicians from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in the collaborative spirit of bridging the arts through ACANSA, Ballet Arkansas will present two short programs at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Food and drink will be provided.

Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Black Box at the Annex
518 Main Street
Little Rock, AR  72201

Tickets  –
$20 General Admission
$10 Student/Military

Sponsored by:  Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

In his one-man show, Murrow, Joseph Vitale reveals the complexity and achievements of a man whose voice, intelligence and honesty inspired a nation. Share the experience of the man whom many consider the greatest news broadcast journalist of our time, from his radio reports in London during the Blitz to his legendary on-air showdown with Senator Joe McCarthy.

Produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble.

A quote from the Huffington Post says it all – “Murrow, the man, furnishes the frame for Murrow, the reporter. Both are magnificently brought to life via a superb collaboration between Playwright Joseph Vitale, Performer Joseph J. Menino and Director Jeremy Williams. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! for individually and jointly doing Murrow proud.”


ACANSA Late Night – The Main Thing
Thursday, September 22
9:30p.m. – 11:00p.m.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Black Box at the Annex
518 Main Street
Little Rock, AR  72201

Tickets  –
$20 General Admission
$10 Student/Military

Sponsored by: Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

ACANSA Late Night presents, The Main Thing at the REP’s Black Box Theatre Annex. The Main Thing’s performance mixes short sketches, bogus commercials, and improvisation in a non-stop live comedy revue.  It’s a fun, original show that features an insomniac who is desperately trying to get some sleep before a crucial early morning meeting, a misdialed number that leads to confusion, intrigue and romance, and a live press conference with a radical Arkansas politician.  Refreshments will be served before the performance.

The Legacy of Television Journalism – Discussion and Reception
Thursday, September 22
8:00p.m. – 9:30p.m.

Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill – Private Dining Room
322 Main Street
Little Rock, AR  72201

Tickets  –
$50 Includes ticket to performance of Murrow

Sponsored by: Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

Today, Murrow’s name is still synonymous with journalistic excellence. He continues to be regarded as a television news pioneer, influencing the likes of Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings.

Join us after Murrow for a reception and discussion at Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill.  A representative of the Arkansas Times will lead a discussion with Playwright, Joseph Vitale, Actor Joe Menino and Director Jeremy Williams on Murrow’s legacy to television journalism.

Cut, Pieced, and Stitched:  Denim Drawings by Jim Arendt
Reception and Demonstration
Friday, September 23
5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m.

Arkansas Arts Center
Alice Pratt Brown Atrium
501 East Ninth Street
Little Rock, AR  72202

Tickets –
$20.00 General Admission

Sponsored by:  Irene and George Davis, Kay and Bill Patton

In Cut, Pieced, and Stitched, Jim Arendt, an artist from South Carolina creates portraits of family members and close relations out of denim, a durable, traditional material. “Denim seems created to be abused, worn out, patched, stained, and burnt through,” says Arendt. “its characteristics are mirrored in the individuals I choose to represent.” Influenced by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial areas in which he was raised by the forces of economic development and globalization, Arendt investigates how individual lives are affected by continued changes to the American economic landscape.

Join Jim Arendt at a reception and demonstration of his work on Friday, September 23.  The reception and demonstration is $20 and includes refreshments. The exhibit runs at the Art Center from August 5, 2016 – October 23, 2016 and is free of charge.

Children’s Public Art Project at the Little Rock Food Truck Festival
Saturday, September 24
Drop in from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.

Little Rock’s Main Street Corridor

Free Admission

ACANSA will partner with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to offer a Children’s Art Project at this year’s Main Street Food Truck Festival! Fayetteville artist Alice McKee will lead the children in painting their version of a FOOD TRUCK!  She will then incorporate the trucks into a mural to be displayed in Little Rock’s  Creative Corridor.

Main Street will be blocked off from 3rd to 8th streets and Main to Center streets on Capitol Avenue.  The ACANSA Art Project will be located at the corner of Capitol (5th) and Louisiana, near the Heifer booth and the Budweiser Clydesdales! Check out the Main Street Food Truck website for parking and additional information: http://www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com/

Acansa Late Night – “In the Heat of the Night”
Saturday, September 24
9:30p.m. – Midnight

Ron Robinson Theater
The alley between the Arcade Building and the Butler Center
100 Rivermarket
Little Rock, AR  72201

Tickets –
$15 General Admission

Sponsored by:  Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard P.L.L.C, Newmark Grubb Arkansas – Commercial Real Estate, TAGGART Architects, Inc.  and Tennenbaum Recycling Group

“The Heat of the Night” ACANSA Alley Party is a New Orleans/Cajun/Jazz themed street party in the Ron Robinson Theater Alley in the Rivermarket District. Come celebrate the vibrancy and boldness of the art community.  Join ACANSA’s Avant Garde in recognizing central Arkansas’ talented young professionals that have and will continue to leave a mark in the arts in our community. This Alley Party will be a night of spicy, fun entertainment with a live music performance by Sunpie Barnes and The Louisiana Sunspots, graffiti art, and crowd interaction painting, fire performers, circus arts performers, and more.  Beer and Wine will be available for $3.00.

Sponsored by:  Nabholz Construction

A local favorite, the choir of St. Marks Baptist Church is back for Sunday Brunch!  After last year’s sold out performance, we asked the award winning choir to close out our Festival again this year.  Join us at Wildwood Park for the Arts for a sumptuous brunch, followed by an hour of uplifting soulful music on the day it was meant to be heard.


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