As I look back over 2018, I am amazed at what this “small, but mighty” museum has accomplished. Our accomplishments are mainly due to your faith in the Arts & Science Center’s ability to follow through on what we promise to bring to our community each new year. You helped make 2018, ASC’s 50th Anniversary, a monumental year.
We always strive to listen to our community’s feedback and look for opportunities to meet those voiced needs and requests. One request we heard loud and clear is more opportunities for area youth to engage in theatre. By leveraging grant funds with your generous donations, ASC launched this year a new youth theatre-immersion program, “The Stage” theatre makerspace. The program offers free after-school and weekend programming, a month-long summer camp, professional development, and online educator resources. All “The Stage” programming explores theatre through the lens of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, & Mathematics). This is one example of how ASC staff continue to pursue excellence by broadening our community outreach and programmatic approach to arts and STEAM education.
A very BIG thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, donors and attendees who generously gave their time, dollars, and expertise to making Potpourri: Cheers to the Next 50 Years! a great success. We could not have organized such a large fundraiser event without the support of our community. The funds raised are critically important to our day-to-day operation, and ensure that ASC can continue to serve our community in the years to come.
We close 2018 with the great news of receiving a $2.2 million grant from the Windgate Foundation for the renovation of our Annex building as a multiuse community space for our new project, The ARTSpace for Creative Thinking & Entrepreneurship. The future looks very bright for ASC, indeed!
As ASC prepares for 2019, we recognize and honor the many businesses, donors, and members who championed our growth, mobilized a community, and established The Arts & Science Center as a cultural anchor for downtown Pine Bluff twenty-five years ago. We are still going strong today because of all of you!