Ticker Scrolling Marquee at 6th & Main

The Creative Corridor ticker marquee at the corner of 6th and Main Street made its debut at the Main Street Food Truck Festival on September 24, 2016. The ticker marquee, paid for with ArtPlace funds, is intended to provide visual interest to those walking along Main Street and create a mini “Time Square” atmosphere. Combined with the move of Ballet Arkansas to Main Street and the many events sponsored by the Rep at both the main stage and educational space, there is now something interesting to see or do most hours of the day.dsc_0133


City Launches New Website

The City of Little Rock is unveiling its updated, responsive website today along with a new domain name – littlerock.gov.

“This update demonstrates a continued commitment to improve the services provided by the City, whether they are street repairs, public safety enhancements, or new websites, ” City Manager Bruce T. Moore said. “We are all becoming digital denizens. Like the 311 app and open data portals that launched earlier this year, littlerock.gov is another big step in innovation that gives everyone the tools they need to be connected and informed residents.”

The new mobile-friendly site was made with the user experience in mind for residents, businesses, and visitors who are coming to look for board agendas, find out about various programs and services, search for information, see when meetings are taking place, and check for news updates.

Users will find several new features in the modern, clean design of the new site, including:
*   Audience-based navigation
*   Social media integration
*   Easy-to-use modules for events, city news, agendas and minutes
*   New content features such as employee profiles
*   E-newsletters to stay connected to various departments
*   Dynamic FAQs that are searchable by keyword and filterable by category

The website was developed in partnership with Aristotle. The last redesign took place in 2002, and technology and web design have changed significantly in the years since.
“We know more users are looking at websites on phones and tablets than ever before, so it was imperative that the next iteration of our web presence be able to adapt to all devices,” Information Technology Director Randy Foshee said.

Additionally, the new website utilizes best practices for Section 508 compliance to make information technology accessible to people with disabilities. A new Google Translate feature allows for the site to be translated into 10 languages.

Get Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Access to The Rep

Open House

Monday, November 7th
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
601 Main Street
TOURS BEGIN AT 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, no RSVP required
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Arkansas Repertory Theatre! 

Theatre staff will lead guests on guided tours through spaces rarely opened to the public — rehearsal halls, dressing rooms, costume and props shops, and more. While in each space, visit with the talented creative staff who work tirelessly offstage to make the magic happen onstage – from lighting a scene and designing a sound que to designing and building costumes and props, and much more.

This event will also serve as the public’s opportunity to welcome our new Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany. Live music and complimentary treats will be provided in the Lobby.

Volunteers needed for PopUp in the Rock

unnamed1Interested in volunteering with this year’s PopUp event? We’re looking for people that can help us on Saturday, Oct. 29. Complete the volunteer registration form and we’ll get in touch with you about specifics!

Pop Up in the Rock is a partnership between Create Little Rock (the young professionals organization of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce) and studioMAIN (an nonprofit architectural design collective). It is part of a national movement called the “Better Block Project.” Our goal is to enhance a forgotten, desolate or car dominated street into a more community-oriented area for a weekend in the hopes of inspiring permanent change. This group of young professionals engages with community members to determine specific needs and institute changes such as Bike Lanes, shops, dining pop-ups and entertainment. By transforming just a few blocks into a thriving, complete locale, Pop Up in the Rock exemplifies the idea that developing potential, even block-by-block, can make our city better.

Event: Saturday, October 29th 11am – 5pm
Volunteers needed: before, during and after event

How can you be involved you ask? We’ll need help with the following:
– Setup and preparation for event
– General event support
– Social media outreach
– Hosting and directing event visitors
– PopUp Cafe (must be 21+)
– Flash Mob (no previous dance experience required)


Ballet Arkansas moves to Main Street!

Main Street Studio Ribbon Cutting



Photo credit: Jonathan Funk

Ballet Arkansas will have a ribbon cutting at its 520 Main Street location to mark the move to its new studio space in the Creative Corridor downtown Little Rock.
In the announcement, Michael Bearden, Artistic Director of Ballet Arkansas said, “It is with dedication, hard work, patience and persistence that we are now ready to mark our arrival at our new home in the Creative Corridor in downtown Little Rock. We look forward to celebrating our professional dancers and our generous supporters at the events on October 25th.”
Highlights of the October 25th activities include:

  • 10:45am-11:15am  Gathering and official ribbon cutting and photograph at 520 Main St. with Little Rock City Ambassadors and Chamber Staff
  • 11:45am-3:00pm Ballet Arkansas dancers and artistic staff conduct rehearsals in the new studio
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Grand Opening Welcome Celebration—and “unofficial” ribbon cutting in the new studio space with Ballet Arkansas dancers, staff, board members and an unveiling of the Donor Wall.balletarkPlease RSVP to attend our October 25th activities: info@balletarkansas.org

For more on Ballet Arkansas’ move to Main Street, read this Arkansas Business article.

Ballet Arkansas Grand Opening


The Creative Corridor on Main Street welcomes Ballet Arkansas!

A night to support the arts, preview our new studio, and see the unveiling of our donor wall.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
520 Main Street
Little Rock, Arkansas

Festivities will begin at 6:00 PM
Libations and light hors d’oeuvres will be served

All donations will be gratefully accepted

Kindly RSVP to info@balletarkansas.org


50,000 throng for movable feast

Food-truck festival fills streets in LR



Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MITCHELL PE MASILUN — Chooey, an 11-year-old Yorkie from Benton, is keenly interested in a hot dog Saturday during the Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock. More photos are available at arkansasonline.com/galleries.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MITCHELL PE MASILUN — People crowd into Little Rock’s downtown Saturday for the food and fun of the Main Street Food Truck Festival.

Food trucks and popup tents lined the streets of downtown Little Rock on Saturday afternoon, peddling everything from deep-fried eats to tarot card readings.

The sixth annual Main Street Food Truck Festival was estimated to draw a record-setting crowd of 50,000. People wandered the cross-streets around Main Street and Capitol Avenue window-shopping their culinary options. Street performers stood on corners, competing with the rattling hum of generators.

The ever-growing festival has turned Little Rock into a Southern mecca of the food-truck industry, attracting vendors from across the South.

“Any food truck that knows what’s good for them is going to be at the festival,” said Justin Patterson, owner and chef of the Southern Gourmasian food truck and restaurant in downtown Little Rock. “If they’re smart, if they plan, if they brought the right amount of food and the right amount of employees, they will come and make a killing. If they’re ready for it.”

Organized by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, the festival is, at its core, a marketing campaign for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown.

The festival was the brainchild of the Main Street Revitalization Task Force in 2010, which sought to transform the Main Street corridor into a happening, hip destination. The area now boasts several more culinary and retail options than it had just a few years ago.

This year, the festival, featuring at least 60 food trucks, expanded from its original Main Street location and took a turn down Capitol Avenue as the downtown redevelopment project takes on new ambitions: the revitalization of the “Financial Quarter,” or the 20 city blocks bordered by Broadway, Main Street, Sixth Street and the Arkansas River.

“With the addition of housing and increased density in some of the surrounding neighborhoods, we feel like we’ve got some good momentum going with what’s happening in the Creative Corridor — the influx of restaurants and things like that,” said John Martin, who’s with Moses Tucker Real Estate and co-chairman of the nascent Little Rock Financial Quarter Task Force.

On Saturday, plans for the Financial Quarter were introduced to the public, with visual and data presentations illustrating the task force’s vision.

One focus will be the six bank lobbies along Capitol Avenue that were designed 30-40 years ago and existed as the financial hub of the city. After shifts in banking technology, those lobbies now sit mostly empty and seldom used, planners said. Their ambition is to transform the spaces into retail shops and eateries.

“How can those spaces be reimagined and repurposed?” said Gabe Holmstrom, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. “Is there a better way to set up those buildings and lobbies, as well as the streets, to make them more people friendly, to bring the people who work in the office towers down to the street?”

Planners estimate more than 5,700 people populate the several office buildings that intersperse Little Rock’s skyline. And the four hotels in the area hold more than 1,060 rooms.

“We have all these employees, but all they do is go to their desk or go to the break area and eat their lunch and go back to their office. They never touch foot outside. They drive their car in from home, leave and that’s it,” Martin said. “We’d like to engage them more. We want to bring them down to the street level and give them reasons to be more active, especially after 5 [p.m.]”

Planners also hope to connect the residential areas around the Governor’s Mansion with the Old State House on President Clinton Avenue with a bikeable, walkable redesign of Center Street.

Comprised of 220 developers and business owners, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is a nonprofit created in 1984 with a mission to make downtown a “place that people want to live, work and play,” Holmstrom said.

The partnership is financed in part by proceeds from the annual Food Truck Festival. The trucks — some of which travel from as far as Shreveport and Memphis — pay $250 each to participate. The partnership also collects funds from its members.

Holmstrom said the partnership’s Financial Quarter plans still are taking shape.

“It’s still early in the process,” he said. “We’re still in the imagining phase.”

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.