Calendar of Events

Welcome to the events calendar! Here we work to gather arts events in Conway and beyond hosted by members of our community.  Each year during ArtsFest you will find the calendar for our celebration here as well.  

  • Imagine if Buildings Could Talk

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    UCA’s College of Fine Arts and Communication conceived “Imagine If Buildings Could Talk,” a multi-day series of events, September 23-25, 2017, marking the 90-year anniversary of Little Rock’s Central High School opening, hailed in 1927 as the most expensive, most beautiful, and largest high school in the nation. The activities will also commemorate the 60-year anniversary of the events that occurred at the school when the Little Rock Nine entered its doors on September 25, 1957, one of the defining moments in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.

    The centerpiece of this commemoration is a nine-minute, 3D, projection-mapped animated video, titled “If Buildings Could Talk” by Scott Meador and accompanying musical score, “Surface of the Sky,” composed and performed by Blake Tyson. This projection and recorded musical score will run continuously over two evenings, September 23-24, 2017.

    Major funding for “Imagine If Buildings Could Talk: Mapping the History of Little Rock Central High School” is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, marking fifty-one years of excellence, and the National Park Service, celebrating its 101st birthday. Imagine Your Parks is a grant initiative from the NEA created in partnership with the NPS to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.

    This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance (Artistic Innovations Program), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Inc., 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 ACANSA, City of Little Rock, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication through the UCA Arts Fee, UCA Department of Occupational Therapy, UCA Disability Resource Center, UCA Foundation, UCA Office of Institutional Diversity, UCA Public Appearances at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA Sponsored Programs, UCA Student Services, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

    Sponsoring partners include Arkansas Flag and Banner, Blick Art Materials, Comfort Inn West, and Pediatrics Plus.

    Collaborating partners include Arkansas Arts Center; Arkansas Historic Preservation Program; Arkansas Promise; Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub; Butler Center for Arkansas Studies; Dunbar Magnet Middle School; John Cain Foundation; L.C. & Daisy Bates Museum; Little Rock Central High School; Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site; Little Rock Field Office of the F.B.I.; Mosaic Templars Cultural Center; New Africa Alliance; Opera in the Rock; Oxford American Literary Project; Pyramid Art, Books, & Custom Framing, Hearne Fine Art; Rock Region METRO; UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication; UCA Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing; UCA Department of History; UCA Department of Music; UCA Department of Occupational Therapy; UCA Disability Resource Center; UCA Office of Institutional Diversity; UCA Outreach and Community Engagement; UCA Physical Plant; UCA Public Appearances at Reynolds Performance Hall; and UCA Sponsored Programs.

  • Performances by the Hendrix College Choir Dr. Andrew Morgan conductor, Chamber Orchestra Dr. Karen Griebling conductor, and Wind Ensemble Dr. Gretchen Renshaw conductor at Hendrix College's Annual Family Weekend Concert.

  • Starting with Sunflowers - A Klasses with Kateri Showcase will be on display in the Gallery starting October 2 and will run through October 27.

    An Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 2p-4p.
    Meet the artists, their instructor Kateri, and hear their stories.
    Light refreshments served.

    From van Gogh to Hockney, Monet to Murakami, and many in between, sunflowers have been an artists forever muse. Back in the wild days of Impressionist-era Paris, before Picasso and Pollock, sunflowers became a statement piece for the fledgling masters wielding brush and palette. How an artist painted his sunflower was how he declared his personal artistic style in those days! It is with this... same spirit, with this respect for the history of the craft, that the Klasses with Kateri students begin his/her creative journey. Each student, despite skill level or age, begins his/her first art class with Kateri by drawing a sunflower. It is during this first sunflower project that this student finds his/her creative voice, one that is built upon from that day forward with each class.
    This showcase documents the transition of the Klasses with Kateri students from their first sunflower drawings to their most recent sunflower-inspired artworks. Whether years mark the difference between this first and most-recent piece, or just a few weeks, this show is an exploration into the creative process as it develops and matures with each individual student. No two students take the same creative path, and yet, each student does start at the same place with the same humble project with the same instructor!
  • The Conway Composers Guild presents its ArtsFest at Conway First United Methodist Church at 3:00 PM on Saturday October 7, 2017.

    The hour long program includes new and recent works by composers that live, study, and work in Conway, AR. The program is free and family-friendly. Voluntary donations support the McBeth Memorial Composition Prize. 

  • Excerpts from composer, Karen Griebling's two new CDs, CRC 3553, the opera "Richard III: A Crown of Roses,  A Crown of Thorns" and CRC 3570 song cycle "Fractal Heart" will be performed by sopranos Stephanie Smittle and Kara Claybrook, trumpeter Larry Jones, and pianist Stefanie Dickinson, along with "Feldmusik, military music from Richard III" and "Bagatelles, court and courtship music from Richard III." CD sales and signing will be available after the performance in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free, no reservations are necessary, and the public is invited.

  • Conway First United Methodist Church hosts the Conway Composers Guild Annual Concert on its "Under the Dome" Series at 3:00 PM on Sunday February 4, 2018. The family friendly program includes new and recent music composed by composers that live, study, and work in Conway and will include the premiere of the entry by the winner of the third W. Francis McBeth Memorial Composition Prize co-sponsored by the Conway Symphony Orchestra and the Conway Composers Guild and Finale Make-Music, incorporated. The event is free and the public is invited. Voluntary donations support the McBeth Memorial Composition Competition.