March 2020 Events at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas


 From The Vault: Works from the Permanent Collection Exhibition — Opens Saturday, Feb. 22

ASC’s newest exhibition “From the Vault” showcases recent acquisitions to ASC’s Permanent Collection. It includes recent work by Rex Deloney, Rashawn Penister and Kasten Searles. The exhibition demonstrates ASC's commitment to collecting the artwork of Arkansas artists, African American artists, and artists of the Delta.

“From the Vault” is sponsored by the Kline Family Foundation, and is on view in the Ben J. Altheimer Gallery through Aug. 15.

Live@5 featuring Paul Morphis — Friday, March. 6, 5–7 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Paul Morphis will provide an upbeat atmosphere during Live@5, inspired by ASC’s Crossroad Festival.

ASC hosts musicians who play genres focused on jazz, blues, and rock & roll on the first Friday of every month, 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 for ASC members and $10 for nonmembers. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are provided and guests must be 21 or older to enter. This event is sponsored by M.K. Distributors.

2020 ASC Crossroad Festival — Saturday, March 7, 1–8:30 p.m.

The Arts & Science Center invites the community to explore Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas’s diverse cultural heritage during the third annual Crossroad Festival, 1–8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7.

This year’s focus is on the contributions by the area’s women, with an overarching theme of family ties. All festival events are free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Families are encouraged to attend.

“Family Stories and Family Movie Maker” — 1–3 p.m. 

This youth program invites visitors of all ages to bring their family stories to life. Hands-on activities include a “family movie maker” craft activity and interactive “family album” skits.

Inspired by ASC’s project and exhibition “Heritage Detectives: Discovering Arkansas's Hidden Heritage,” the program encourages visitors to explore and document their family and area’s history.

Women of the Arkansas Delta” — 3:30–5 p.m.

This program focuses on the 1976 oral history and photography project by the Pine Bluff Women’s Center. The original photography prints and final publication were discovered in ASC’s Permanent Collection in 2018. ASC Curator Chaney Jewell addresses the project’s history, discovery of the materials, interpretation of the collection for ASC’s 2019 exhibit, and the forthcoming touring exhibition based on the project.

“Gospel Women in Harmony: A Legacy of Female Quartets in Pine Bluff” — 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Jimmy Cunningham of the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance leads the festival’s evening program, which explores the tradition of female gospel singers in Jefferson County and Southeast Arkansas. The program will feature performances by Pine Bluff area gospel groups The Spiritualettes, Sweet Melody and The Williams Singers.

The 2020 Crossroad Festival is made possible in part by grants from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission and Entergy Arkansas.

Second Saturday Family FunDay: Archaeology Month — Saturday, March. 14, 1–3 p.m.

March is Arkansas Archaeology Month! ASC will host Bob Scott from the Arkansas Archaeology Survey for Family FunDay, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The public is invited to enjoy archaeological displays, hands-on activities and to speak with Scott.

ASC’s free Second Saturday Family FunDay program offers monthly hands-on arts, science and theater activities led by visiting artists, art educators and ASC staff. Family FunDay is sponsored by the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.

Theater Mask & Performance Workshops — Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 1–3 p.m. Through this theater workshop series, learn the significance of Greek mask making, mold your own using papier mache and clay, and perform a scene using character building and storytelling.

This workshop series is free and open to the public, ages 12 and older. Participants are asked to commit to attend all four sessions, 1–3 p.m. Saturdays, March 14, 21, 28, and April 4. Registration is required; participants may register at or call 870-536-3375. This series is sponsored by Relyance Bank.

Meet the Curator — Bimonthly series begins Thursday, March 19, 5:30–7 p.m.

The public is invited to the start of ASC’s “Meet the Curator” series Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7 p.m. Curator Chaney Jewell will lead a Q&A session with artists Scinthya Edwards and Sherry J. Williamson. Both have work on view in the exhibitions “Reunion” and “Whimsy & Flights of Fancy,” respectively. 

This new bimonthly series will include rotating topics and themes. The next “Meet the Curator” sessions are set for May 14, July 9, Sept. 10 and Nov. 12.  These events are free to the public and light refreshments will be provided. This series is made possible by grants from the Harold S. Seabrook Charitable Trust and the Kline Family Foundation.

About ASC

The Arts & Science Center, 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission. ASC is a member of the Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of

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