AMFA Announces Inaugural Programs, Artist Talks and Art Classes

The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts has announced an exciting season of inaugural programs, events and classes to follow its grand opening on April 22.

Among the events is the highly anticipated Artist Talk where three artists are invited to demonstrate the importance of their voices and work while highlighting the diversity in their artistic backgrounds, media and concepts. The first Artist Talk on the museum’s exhibition “Together will include nationally celebrated artists LaToya Hobbs, Dario Robleto and Alison Elizabeth Taylor as speakers.

Programming at AMFA for the 2023 season spans theater, dance, film, musical performances and youth-centered events. Guests can expect offerings for everyone including families, students and educators, such as: 

New Works by Ballet Arkansas, May 4 and 6: AMFA’s partner company-in-residence presents an intimate program featuring five world premieres inspired by the AMFA Foundation Collection. The performances will be followed by a Q&A with the choreographers.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Show, May 8-28: The critically acclaimed stage production of Eric Carle’s colorful classics will delight audiences at AMFA’s Performing Arts Theater.

Iris DeMent, May 25: The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will take the stage at AMFA for an evening of unforgettable music.

Artist Talk: LaToya Hobbs, Dario Robleto and Alison Elizabeth Taylor, In Conversation on AMFA’s Exhibition Together, June 1: This event presents a special opportunity to hear nationally recognized artists and curators speak about their practice.

Junior Arts Academy, June 12-23: This two-week immersive arts and theater-based summer program for rising first through fourth graders will give elementary students the tools to explore their creativity.

“Delta Voices,” July 13: This event will feature curators from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Philbrook Museum of Art in conversation with emerging artists from the Mid-South region. “Delta Voices” seeks to heighten the visibility of emerging artists from the region, reflect shifts in the cultural landscape and amplify creative voices at the forefront of contemporary art.

Sparking Dialogue, July 22: This program presents socially relevant theatrical experiences for family audiences. “A Beautiful Day” by Candrice Jones will serve as a catalyst for profound, yet approachable discussions of current social issues.

The Back-to-School Event for Educators, Aug. 9: A night of enriching programming and speakers supports teachers and their curriculum. Educators who attend this event are eligible to receive two hours of ADE credited professional development.

Filmland, Oct. 4-8: The Arkansas Cinema Society, another of AMFA’s partner companies-in-residence, will hold its annual five-day celebration of cinema at the museum, as well as other programming to be announced.

Wednesday Spins: Guests can experience a night of art, music and drinks, then kick back with happy hour specials and a DJ’s live set, or take a spin around the museum for an evening tour.

“Flurffy + Friends”: A pop-up performance featuring puppetry and art will delight visitors with music, storytelling and activities throughout the galleries and grounds each weekend.

ArtStart: A free program that pairs children’s books with art and sensory activities gives young patrons a way to playfully explore the museum.

Plus so much more. Class reservations are now open for the Windgate Art School, and 2023 event tickets are now available for sale. Once open, AMFA will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

To learn more about AMFA’s programming, visit the museum’s website and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

Click here to read more on AMFA’s partnerships with Ballet Arkansas and Arkansas Cinema Society, or read up on Dr. Victoria Ramirez and the museum dream team in our January cover story.

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