For Grand Prairie residents seeking art and entertainment, the Arts and Science Center (ASC) for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff has upcoming in-person and virtual events.
White Hall teacher Troy DeBill will lead a hybrid paint class at the ASC on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., which ASC Theater Education Coordinator Lindsey Collins says will be a fun distraction for attendees.
The first eight people to sign up can enjoy the class in-person and receive complimentary beverages. The workshop will also be livestreamed for visitors who prefer to participate virtually.
The class is $20 for ASC members and $30 for non-members. Collins says the class is intended for participants ages 11 and up.
“It is basically an excuse to get together and create some really fun art to kind of distract us from everything that is going on in the world right now,” Collins said.
The center also holds a [email protected] concert series to showcase jazz, blues and rock music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
The Port City Blues Society Players will perform Friday, Oct. 2, as part of the series. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The ASC’s Facebook page will livestream the concert.
Executive Director Rachel Miller said she is glad to share the group’s music with the community through Facebook Live.
“They are all very talented rhythm and blues musicians. Pine Bluff and the Delta Lowlands area has a long, rich musical heritage. The Port City Blues Society Players continue that legacy,” Miller said.
The center will also host a virtual performance of Clue: Stay-At-Home. The performance will take place Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Clue is a comedy-based murder mystery inspired by the classic board game that shares its name. Tickets are $15 and will go on sale Monday, Oct. 12.
In addition to upcoming events, the center will welcome new exhibits.
Small Works on Paper showcases artwork that is no larger than 18 by 24 inches. This year’s show includes 39 pieces. The participating artists are members of the Art Council’s Arkansas Artist Registry, which is an online gallery that is free and open to all Arkansas artists. The exhibit opened Thursday, Sept. 24, and will be displayed through Saturday, Oct. 24.
A separate exhibit focuses on social justice movements supported by Black athletes.
Brothers by One: The Black Athlete and Social Justice by Rex DeLoney is a solo exhibition that highlights ways Black athletes have used their spotlight to draw attention to social justice issues. The exhibit opens Thursday, Oct. 1, and will be displayed through Saturday, Jan. 2.
The center is following COVID-19 protocol. Face masks are required and no more than ten visitors can be in the building at one time. The center has made adjustments for visitors who want to stay at home.
“All of our current exhibitions are available as 3-D virtual reality tours on our website. So if you can’t come to ASC, you can still experience the wonderful art on display from your home,” Miller said.
The center is located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff. Visitors can reserve a time in advance to visit the ASC by contacting Visitor Relations Coordinator Matthew Howard at 870-536-3375.
The ASC’s website has current information about upcoming events and exhibits.