Conway Alliance for the Arts, in conjunction with the University of Central Arkansas and Conway EcoFest, has produced multiple events that use the arts to create opportunities for members of the Conway community and beyond to discuss water as a civil right and a social justice issue. Through the mediums of creative non-fiction, dance, digital film, music, poetry/spoken word, sculpture, storytelling, and visual art, we seek to showcase the arts as tools for social change through meditative experiences that ask people to actively engage in the creation and performance of art through hands-on activities, story circles, workshops, and—the pièce de resistance—an underwater dance performance and concert that invites attendees into the water for a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Explore this site using the links below to learn more about the activities. Click here for a printable schedule or here for a large print schedule that can be adjusted for different needs. Please visit our calendar of events page for more information on each event.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
- October 1–5, 2018 / 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. / UCA McCastlain Hall, Corner of Donaghey and L.A. Niven Dr. / 201 Donaghey Ave. / The “Water Photographs” of Adger Cowans on view
- October 1, 2018 / 7:30 p.m. / UCA College of Business Room 107 / 201 Donaghey Ave. / Reading and book signing by science writer Kathryn Miles
- October 2, 2018 / 5:30 p.m. / UCA Jewel E. Moore Nature Preserve / Corner of Farris Rd. and Students’ Lane / Common Threads Conversations
- October 3, 2018 / 6:30 p.m. / Kings Live Music / 1020 Front St., Conway / Science Wednesday: Where Science Meets Society, Special Edition
- October 4, 2018 / 1:40 p.m. / UCA Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall / Corner of Marian Ross Ave. and W.J. Sowder St./ 201 Donaghey Ave. / Lecture and demonstration with project artists from Core Dance and HEARding Cats Collective
- October 4, 2018 / 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30 p.m. / UCA HPER Center / Corner of Farris St. and Students’ Lane / Aqurld Waves at the Water about Us, underwater concert and dance performance with film, music, and poetry and spoken word. Get your tickets here.
- October 5, 2018 / 1:30-3:00 p.m. / UCA Black Box Theatre / Snow Fine Arts Hall / Corner of Marian Ross Ave. and W.J. Sowder St. / Puppet masterclass with Mark Blashord
- October 6, 2018 / 10:00–11:00 a.m. / Faulkner County Library / 1900 W. Tyler St. / Jack & Jill puppet performance by Mark Blashford
- October 6, 2018 / 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. / Laurel Park / 2310 Robinson Avenue / “Wishing Well,” community art installation by Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan
- October 6, 2018 / 5:30-6:30 / Presentation Room / Farris Hall / Corner of Farris Rd. and Students’ Lane / 201 Donaghey Ave. / Jack & Jill puppet performance by Mark Blashford
- October 6, 2018 / 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30 p.m. / UCA HPER Center / Corner of Farris St. and Students’ Lane / Aqurld Waves at the Water about Us, underwater concert and dance performance with film, music, and poetry and spoken word. Get your tickets here.
About This Project
On September 23, 2017, Jennifer Deering, Ryan Harris, and Gayle Seymour informally discussed the idea of an underwater concert as they concluded an evening that commemorated the 60th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High. An idea was born, one that would highlight our connection to water, a seemingly abundant resource we see all about us that is increasingly becoming endangered.
Taking that idea, Deering and Seymour consulted with Sue Schroeder of Core Dance and Rich O’Donnell, Anna Lum, Mike Murphy of the HEARding Cats Collective to conceive the centerpiece of this project: “Aqurld Waves at the Water about Us.” Aqurld Waves at the Water about Us is an entirely new site-specific artwork created for the people of Conway, Arkansas.
This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance (Regional Touring Program), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional grant funding is provided by the Arkansas Arts Council (Collaborative Support Program), an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Other funding sources include UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication through the UCA Arts Fee, UCA Foundation, UCA Office of Institutional Diversity, UCA Public Appearances at Reynolds Performance Hall, and UCA Office of Sponsored Programs.
Sponsoring partners include an anonymous patron of Core Performance Company, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ben Damgaard, and Jennifer Deering.
Collaborating partners include the City of Luxora, Arkansas, Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA), Pyramid Art, Books, & Custom Framing and Hearne Fine Art; UCA Department of Art, UCA Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing; UCA Department of Music; UCA Department of Occupational Therapy; UCA Office of Institutional Diversity; UCA Outreach and Community Engagement; UCA Physical Plant; UCA Public Appearances at Reynolds Performance Hall; and UCA Office of Sponsored Programs.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact…
Dr. Gayle Seymour