Beauty and the Beast coming to Little Rock

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
DECEMBER 1-18, 2016

beauty and the beast

DATES AND TIMES
Performances are December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2016
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10,
15, 16, 17) will begin at 7:30pm
Sunday matinees (December 4, 11, 18 ) will begin at 2:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are $25.00 for general admission.
Tickets are $20.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.
Tickets are $15.00 for children 12 and under.
There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.
The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house
will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.
Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com
We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we
cannot guarantee availability at the door.
The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.
This production is rated G.

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION
THE STUDIO THEATRE
230 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.374.2615

Follow The Studio Theatre on social media:
@StudioTheatreLR (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter)

Auditions at The Studio Theatre

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT FOR
BONNIE & CLYDE – The Musical
November 12 &13, 2016

 

DATES AND TIMES

Auditions appointments are available:
Saturday November 12 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday November 13 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions will be conducted by appointment only.
Those auditioning are encouraged to bring a head shot and resume, if
available, with them to auditions.
Those auditioning should prepare 32 measures in the style of the show.
Please bring sheet music for accompanist. Vocal range will also be checked. After singing, some auditionees may be asked to read selected sides from the show.
Appointments can be made by emailing studiotheatreauditions@gmail.com.

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION

Bonnie & Clyde will be directed by Hannah M. Sawyer with music direction by Bob Bidewell.
Bonnie & Clyde has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell.
Performances will be February 9-12 and 16-19, 2017. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Company read-through and meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 17, 2016. All other rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

SYNOPSIS

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer. Bonnie & Clyde is a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music.

ROLES AVAILABLE

• Clyde Barrow
A charming small-town boy who craves notoriety. Bonnie’s reckless, bold, daring lover.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 30
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A2

• Bonnie Parker
A beautiful girl torn between love and fame. Clyde’s ambitious, stubborn lover.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

• Marvin “Buck” Barrow
Clyde’s brother and an outlaw troubled by his wife’s distaste for his lifestyle. Adventurous and loyal.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

• Blanche Barrow
A religious woman who disapproves of the criminal lifestyle. Honorable and righteous. Married to Buck Barrow.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: G3

• Cumie Barrow
A kind woman among those suffering in the Depression. Loyal andselfless. Mother to Clyde and Buck.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55

• Sherriff Schmid

• Ted Hinton
A police officer struggling to separate his feelings from his duties. Kind and honest. Madly in love with Bonnie.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

• Young Clyde
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 13
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

• Young Bonnie
Gender: Female
Age: 8 to 13
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C#4

• Emma Parker
Bonnie’s widowed mother. Fragile, caring, sensitive.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55

• Preacher
The town’s evangelist. Loud, passionate, boisterous.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A2

• Henry Barrow
A hard-working man, struggling to survive. Humble and quiet.
Father of Clyde and Buck.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 55

• Governor Miriam Ferguson
An enforcer of the law and Governor of Texas. Tough and harsh.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 60

• Captain Frank Hamer
A retired Texas Ranger who joins the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde.
Recruited by Governor Ferguson.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65

• Bob Alcorn
The best sharpshooter in Texas. Recruited by Frank Hamer, he helps hunt down Bonnie and Clyde.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Ensemble Store Clerks; Cops/Guards; Bank Customers; Choir; Bread Line
Folks

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

501.374.2615

thestudiotheatre@gmail.com

follow us on Social Media:
@StudioTheatreLR
(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)
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Doubt Opens at The Studio Theatre This Week

Doubt, A Parable

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF

DOUBT: A Parable

SEPTEMBER 16 – 24, 2016

Doubt

DATES AND TIMES

Performances are September 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, and 24, 2016.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (September 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24) will begin at 7:30pm.

Sunday matinee (September 19) will begin at 2:30pm.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission.

Tickets are $15.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.

There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.

The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com through the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doubt-a-parable-by-john-patrick-shanley-tickets-27119284510

We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door.

The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.

This production is rated PG.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Doubt, A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley.

– Originally staged off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club on November 23, 2004, the production transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in March 2005 and closed on July 2, 2006 after 525 performances and 25 previews.

– The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

– The play was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn and Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius.

– “All the elements come invigoratingly together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley’s provocative new play, DOUBT, a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. Something rare for this season: a laudable new American play.”—Variety.

– “How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolific playwright so far. Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely. In just ninety fast-moving minutes, Shanley creates four blazingly individual people. DOUBT is a lean, potent drama…passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.” —NY Newsday

– “A beautifully balanced drama. Shanley is a writer working at the top of his craft, making the most of a muted but evocative palette in the pursuit of truth’s shadows. Here, for the first time in a long time, is a play that is about something.” —Chicago Tribune. “An eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery, tightly written.” —Time Out NY.

The Mercy Seat coming to The Studio Theatre

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF
THE MERCY SEAT
SEPTEMBER 8 – 11, 2016

The Mercy SeatDATES AND TIMES

Performances are September 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2016.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (September 8, 9, 10) will begin at 7:30pm.

Sunday matinee (September 11) will begin at 2:30pm.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission.

Tickets are $15.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.

There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.

The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com through the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mercy-seat-neil-labute-tickets-27119078895

We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door.

The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.

Recommended for Mature Audiences.

The Mercy SeatABOUT THE PLAY

Presented on the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The Mercy Seat is a 2002 play by Neil LaBute that was among the first major theatrical responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The Mercy Seat has also been produced in London, Lima, and Rio de Janeiro.

The Mercy Seat premiered Off-Broadway at the Acorn Theatre in an MCC Theater production on December 18, 2002, and closed on January 15, 2003. Directed by LaBute, the cast starred Liev Schreiber and Sigourney Weaver. It was both a commercial and critical success (it sold out for the length of its run).

The TheatreMania reviewer wrote: “…this 100-minute, intermissionless piece may not be the author’s most soul-searing, it’s the one in which the characters seem the most human.

SYNOPSIS

Set on September 12, it concerns Ben, a man who worked at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack, with his mistress, Abby, who is also his boss. Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers’ collapse, Ben contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover.

THE MERCY SEAT CREATIVE TEAM

Play by
Neil Labute

Directed & Designed by
Michael Goodbar

THE MERCY SEAT CAST

Abby
Patrice D. Phillips

Ben
Brandon Nichols

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

THE STUDIO THEATRE
230 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

501.374.2615

Follow The Studio Theatre on social media:
@StudioTheatreLR (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter)

 

Local theatre production benefiting foster kids

Cover Photo by Katie Childs
(LtoR)  Jenny Moses, John Michael Murphy, Kayla Walker

 

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF
JAMES and the GIANT PEACH
AUGUST 11-21, 2016

James and the Giant Peach

DATES AND TIMES
Performances are August 11, 12 (Special Performance), 13, 14, 18,19, 20, 21, 2016
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (August 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21) will begin at 7:30pm.
Sunday matinees (August 14 and 21) will begin at 2:30pm.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are $25.00 for general admission.
Tickets are $20.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.
There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre.
The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at Eventbrite. We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door. The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission. The show is rated PG.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE AUGUST 12
On Friday, August 12, “James and the Giant Peach” will host a special performance, in which a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Project Zero. Tickets for this one night only even are $35 for adults, $25 for students/seniors. Additional donations will also be accepted.

Project Zero Mission statement:
The goal of Project Zero is to raise awareness about adoption through the state foster care system with the ultimate goal of finding a forever family for every child that is waiting.

Also, throughout the run of the show, a bin will be available for patrons to donate school supplies to The Call in Pulaski County.
Needed Items:
• New mesh backpacks
• Mead Composition Notebooks
• mechanical pencils
• Other school supplies are also accepted.
The CALL is a locally-founded, statewide nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports the needed Christian foster and adoptive families for children in foster care in Arkansas. The CALL’s vision is to achieve no waiting children in foster care in Arkansas.

Tickets available at: Eventbrite

ABOUT THE SOURCE MATERIAL
James and the Giant Peach was Roald Dahl’s first classic novel for
children. Although The Gremlins is sometimes referred to as an earlier example of his writing for children, James was Dahl’s first conscious attempt to write for a younger audience after several years of writing primarily adult short stories. Dahl started writing James and the Giant Peach in 1959 after encouragement from his agent, Sheila St Lawrence. In the orchard at Dahl’s home there was a cherry tree. Seeing this tree made him wonder: what if, one day, one of those cherries just kept on and on growing bigger and bigger? From giant cherries Dahl also considered ever-increasing pears and even apples, but eventually settled on a giant peach as the method for James’ magical journey.

The book was first published in 1961 to glowing reviews and marked the beginning of Dahl’s prolific career as a children’s author.

James and the Giant PeachSYNOPSIS
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.374.2615
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Rock of Ages Coming to Little Rock, July 7-24

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF

ROCK OF AGES

JULY 7 – 24, patient 2016

Rock of Ages

DATES AND TIMES

Performances are July 7, 8 (Grand Opening Celebration), 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2016

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances (July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23) will begin at 7:30pm

Sunday matinees (July 10, 17, 24) will begin at 2:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are $25.00 for general admission

Tickets are $20.00 for Seniors (65+), Military, and Students.

There are no assigned seats at The Studio Theatre

The box office will open at 6:30pm on performance dates and the house will open approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets may be purchased at eventbrite.com through the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-of-ages-the-musical-tickets-25747129357

We highly recommend that tickets be purchased in advance, as we cannot guarantee availability at the door.

The Lobby Bar is open before and after the show and during intermission.

Rated R for language, adult humor, and suggestive clothing.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION INFORMATION

Tickets for the Grand Opening Celebration (July 8, 2016) are $50 and include a catered cocktail buffet and an open bar (beer and wine) from 6:00 pm-7:30 p.m.  Following the show, a champagne toast with the cast and crew will end this amazing evening!

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-of-ages-grand-opening-gala-tickets-25747038084

ABOUT THE SHOW

Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical, built around classic rock songs from the glam metal bands of the 1980s, including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, and Poison among other well-known rock bands.

The show is designed to be a hybrid experience that lies somewhere between rock concert and musical theatre.  During the performance, the performers directly address the audience.

Despite the musical’s title, the Def Leppard song of the same name is not included in the musical.

The original Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances, closing on January 18, 2015 as the 27th-longest running show in Broadway history.

On July 1, 2009, the cast set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Air Guitar Ensemble. A total of 810 participants, including audience members and fans, shattered the previous record of 440 people playing air guitar simultaneously.

SYNOPSIS

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip’s last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip–and themselves–before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

ROCK OF AGES CREATIVE TEAM

Music Arranged & Orchestrated by
Ethan Popp

Book by
Chris D’Arienzo

Director
Justin A. Pike

Music Director
Chuck Massey

Assistant Director
Tanner Oglesby

Chorerographer
Sara Adams Reynolds

Stage Manager
Beth Ross

Assistant Stage Manager
Jennifer Jackson Restum

Scenic Design
Justin A. Pike

Lighting Design
Joey DiPette

Costume Design
Trent Reese

Production Assistants
Tye Davis
Antwon Staton
Shawn O’Brien
Rachel Brown

ROCK OF AGES CAST

SHERRIE CHRISTIAN – Bridget Davis

DREW BOLEY – Micah Patterson

LONNY BARNETT – Michael Goodbar

DENNIS DUPREE – Danny Troillett

STACEE JAXX – Adam Smith

JUSTICE CHARLIER – Leiloni Brewer

HERTZ KLINEMANN – Harold Dean

FRANZ KLINEMANN – Benjanmin Mills

REGINA MCKAIG – Gabi Baltzley

MAYOR/JA’KEITH – Jeremiah James Herman

JOEY PRIMO – Michael Smith

WAITRESS/CONSTANCE SAK – Hannah Fairman

WATRESS/YOUNG GROUPIE – Brooke Melton

WAITRESS – Molly Rosenthal

WAITRESS – Reagan Hammonds

WAITRESS – Casey Labbate

PIT SINGERS
Tamara Murry Boggs
Cole Chandler
Mikala Hicks
Luke Johnson

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

501.374.2615

www.thestudiotheatre-lr.org

 
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Studio Theatre Announces Auditions for DOUBT

I’m not 100% paleo — yet. But I really do feel better eating this way, website like this and I have found a number of delicious recipes that I can make on the regular and not get bored. Here are a few of my favorites lately (mostly from Melissa Joulwan from the Well Fed cookbooks):

Gingered Zucchini Soup

Meatballs — Cuban and Bacon-Jalapeno Burgercuban meatballs and pan-fried plantainsPan-Fried Plantains

Loaded Tuna Salad Mason Jars

Red Curry with chicken and carrots (or whatever I have on hand)curryBrussels Sprout HashBrussels Sprout Hash

For snacks, pharmacy sliced carrots with guacamole is my go-to the past few weeks. I found little individual containers of guacamole at Sam’s that are perfect to take to work with my baggie of sliced carrots. I have also discovered that I like sliced whole carrots better than baby carrots. I find them sweeter and more flavorful. Other items I like to keep on hand are eggs, sweet potatoes, avocados and apples.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board where I park many of the gluten-free and paleo recipes that I find.

I still totally fail on occasion — like yesterday when I made a BREAD pudding. But hey, my family was happy.

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CONTACT INFO
Bob Bidewell, therapy
Director
bbidewell@sbcglobal.net
(501) 940-4646The Studio Theatre

THE STUDIO THEATRE’S OPEN AUDITIONS FOR DOUBT – A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
JUNE 18-19, link
2016

 DATES AND TIMES
Auditions will be held:
June 18 at 1:00pm
June 19 at 6:00pm

Auditions should last no longer than two hours each day.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held June 20, and those called back will be notified by email.

AUDITION INFORMATION
Auditions will not be conducted by appointment.
Auditions will consist of cold reading from the script.
Head shots and resumes are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

Questions can be answered by emailing studiotheatreauditions@gmail.com

ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION
Performance dates are September 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2016.
Rehearsals will begin August 15, 2016.
The production will be directed by Bob Bidewell.

We are looking for a cast of 4 diverse actors to fill the following roles:
Sister Aloysius Beauvier – fifties/sixties
Father Brendan Flynn – late thirties
Sister James – twenties
Mrs. Muller – African American, mid-thirties

DOUBTABOUT John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT
Time/Place:  1964. Place:  St. Nicholas, a Catholic church and school in the Bronx, NY.   In 2005, it won the Drama Desk for Best New Play, the Lucille Lortel for Outstanding Play, the NY Drama Critics Circle for Best Play, the Pulitzer Price for Drama, and the Tony Award for Best Play.

 SYNOPSIS
What do you do when you’re not sure?” So asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. Doubt: A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.

THEATRE LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION
THE STUDIO THEATRE
320 W. 7TH Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.374.2615
studiotheatreauditions@gmail.com
www.thestudiotheatre-lr.org

 

 

Arkansas Declaration of Learning

U.S. Department of State and Arkansas Announce Launch of Year Two
“Arkansas Declaration of Learning”
in Support of Secondary Education & Learning with Historical Objects & Art

Bentonville, rx AR – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the launch of the second year of the “Arkansas Declaration of Learning” program, cost which works collaboratively with Arkansas teachers and school librarians teaching 7th-12th grade students in the fields of art, English language arts, and social studies to develop innovative curriculum that brings history to life and shares the importance of civic engagement with students.

Through this program, teachers have the opportunity to work with historic art, as well as objects from national and state partners, to develop innovative lessons for their classroom and school libraries that inspire student learning.  While Arkansas is the first state in the country to participate in this national program, all states are eligible to apply, and others are already in the pipeline.

Applications are now open and close at midnight on March 29, 2016. Stipends will be provided to selected participants.

This innovative public-private partnership, launched in 2015, is conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the Arkansas Department of Education. To date, more than 1,700 Arkansas students have benefited from this initiative.

In 2015, a group of 28 Arkansas teachers and school librarians were selected to create dynamic teaching tools using historic objects, works of art, and primary sources from the collections of the founding partners:  the U.S. Department of State, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.

Objects selected for the program were used to tell national and state-based stories that vibrantly illustrate the many ways our nation valued civic engagement during our country’s formative years, and the importance of this continued focus today.

This program is part of a national Inter-Agency Educational Initiative that began when representatives from 13 national partnering organizations signed the “Declaration of Learning” in 2012.

This document pledged that the U.S. Department of State, the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and 11 other national organizations would work with state and local partners to co-create learning tools for educators and students in middle and secondary education using historic art and objects from their respective collections and best practices in education.

The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are the site for many of our nation’s diplomatic meetings and events including summits, treaty negotiations, official State Luncheons, and important Presidential speeches.

Located on the top two floors of the U.S. Department of State, these 42 rooms are modeled after 18th century historic rooms and spaces in our country’s history.  The rooms house a historic museum-quality collection of more than 5,000 fine and decorative art objects valued at $150 million that tell the story of our country’s founding and formative years (1730-1840).

The rooms and their historic collections were created and are sustained through generous gifts from American donors, corporations, and foundations.

To apply to participate in the program, please visit: http://bit.ly/1M2Cubo

For more information about the application process, please contact Zev Slurzberg at zev.slurzberg@crystalbridges.org.

For more information about the “Declaration of Learning” or the “Arkansas Declaration of Learning,” please contact Anne Menotti at MenottiAD@state.gov or 202-647-1990.

Follow @StateDept using the hashtag #ShareHistoryAR.

 

About Crystal Bridges
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum’s board of directors. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed more than two million visitors, and garnered 9,000+ membership households. Some 110,000 school children have participated in the Museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. More than 250,000 visitors a year utilize the Museum’s 3.5 miles of walking trails.

Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s  Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]— each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanent collection, which continues to grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is on view year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary exhibitions.

Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. An award-winning app, available free for both Apple and Android devices, features audio tours of current and past exhibitions, and many of the Museum’s lectures and gallery talks are available in Crystal Bridges’ iTunes U site. A new initiative to develop high-quality distance-learning opportunities for students and teachers is underway.

Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at CrystalBridges.org.

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Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago 1Earlier this week I was in Chicago for work and had the pleasure of touring the Art Institute of Chicago with my friend Christina. Here are some of highlights from the trip.

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Claude Monet, The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, 1867, oil on canvas
George Searat
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George Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884, oil on canvas
Others I Liked
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William Bonnell, Mrs. William Bonham (Ann Warford), 1825, oil on panel

This lady was one of my favorites. She’s so quirky.

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Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen, The Adoration of the Christ Child, 1515, oil on panel

The colors in this one are magnificent!

Women travel clothes

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Central Italian, Virgin and Child, 1475/1500, pigmented terracotta
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German, Armor for Man and Horse in the Maximilian Style, 1510/60, steel, iron and brass
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Paulus Moreelse, Portrait of a Young Lady, 1620, oil on panel
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Power Figure, Republic of Congo, early/mid-19th century, wood, metal, glass, fabric, fiber, cowrie shell, bone, leather, gourd, and feather
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Wedding Ensembles for a Bride (Umtshakazi) and Groom (Umyeni), Eastern Cape, South Africa, 1950s
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God Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles, Indonesia, 9th/10th century

This elephant god was another favorite. He looks so zen.

So if you find yourself in Chicago, I highly recommend a trip to the Art Institute. Be sure to check out the special exhibits in the Modern Art wing too.

 

That time I was in Slate magazine.

Over a year ago, my husband and I posed for a local photographer doing a photo collection called “Sticks and Stones” of interracial couples to document the hatred that is still very present. It was so interesting meeting Donna Pinckley and posing for her. slate

Little did I know that Donna would be interviewed and featured in Slate magazine. A friend of mine saw the article and sent me the link.

I’ve so very honored to be a small part of this piece, and I hope it produces positive change.

P.S. This photo collection was also featured in The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed this week!

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