The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra received the gift of a Concert Grand Steinway D piano

With a city chock full of nonprofits, it can be hard to keep track of them all. In this new section, we're providing a quick snapshot of details and updates worth noting.

The Right Note

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra received the gift of a Concert Grand Steinway D piano, sufficiently ending its need to rent one for performances. The piano was donated by Pat and Jim Wallis and had its debut recital/birthday party at UA Little Rock's Stella Boyle Smith Recital Hall in September. Learn more in our cover story, Opus Unmasked: The Life of the Party.

Knowledge is Power

This month, the Junior League of Little Rock will graduate its fifth JLLR Nonprofit Board Institute class. The five-week program is designed to train individuals to become effective nonprofit board members through courses led by local experts.

"From my experience serving on a board of a local nonprofit organization and now running one, I find that most board members do not understand the depth of what it really means to be on a board of one of these organizations," says Kate Sain, executive director of Opera in the Rock.

"By being classified as 501(c)(3), an organization essentially belongs to the community, and therefore the board is composed of members of the community selected to be a governing body. This comes with tremendous responsibility, and it is only through the proper training that board members and organizations can really know what they're doing to survive in a competitive market."

Big Moves

Tamika Edwards was recently named executive director of the Philander Smith College Social Justice Institute.

Save the Date

Race for the Cure
Nov. 3

Whether or not pink is your favorite color, you'll see plenty of it as this 5K takes over the streets of downtown Little Rock to raise funds and awareness for Komen Arkansas.

Festival of Trees
Nov. 15-17

Three nights of merriment await guests with a star-studded gala, runway fashion show, Sugar Plum Ball and Christmas trees galore, all raising funds for CARTI patients.

14th Ever Nog-off
Dec. 14

Let your gut be your guide at this annual Historic Arkansas Museum event featuring folks throwing down the holly jolly gauntlet for the city's best eggnog.

Ballet Arkansas Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Season

This milestone sees the company honoring its past and taking bold new steps into the future.

Expanding into new territory is now a recurring theme at Ballet Arkansas. Under the artistic direction of husband-and-wife creative team Michael and Catherine Fothergill, Ballet Arkansas is swiftly gaining momentum. Just last year the company received more than 300 audition applications from professional dancers across the globe looking to make Little Rock their home.

This October, the company premieres a new multimedia production of “Dracula” with the help of Cranford Co., both at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall and UA-Pulaski Tech’s CHARTS Theater. This production is the first full-length piece the company has taken on in many years, and one that sets in motion a season with something on the bill for every taste.

Rounding out the classics are the ever-romantic "Romeo & Juliet," Balanchine’s magnetic "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux," excerpts from the fiery "Don Quixote" and "Swan Lake: Act 2" accompanied by a Van Cliburn Award-winning pianist. On the modern side, contemporary choreographer Ma Cong will present a work alongside a world premiere by Michael Fothergill to the music of James Taylor. Even the ballet’s beloved holiday production of "The Nutcracker" gets a facelift this season, featuring an entirely new first act.

With paramount programming, partnerships galore and a fresh new energy, Ballet Arkansas is poised to present its most successful season to date. To learn more, visit