Ahead of its grand opening on April 22, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts announced it's teaming up with two of the state’s pillar art institutions, the Arkansas Cinema Society and Ballet Arkansas, as the museum’s partner companies-in-residence.
"Building on the museum’s longstanding tradition of community partnerships, we are working with the Arkansas Cinema Society and Ballet Arkansas to create a cultural hub for the community to connect with one another through art, dance, film and theater," AMFA Executive Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez says. "We look forward to expanding our local partnerships and announcing more in the upcoming months."
The Arkansas Cinema Society will provide year-round programming and opportunities to see films by emerging filmmakers and timeless classics, as well as events like Filmland, a curated annual celebration of cinema.
“The opportunity to host filmmakers like Jessica Chastain, Adam Driver, Richard Linklater,and Mary Steenburgen in this state-of-the-art facility, and the ability to screen their work in the best possible light, will be such a wonderful honor that will keep master filmmakers coming back to Arkansas again and again,” says ACS Executive Director and Co-Founder Kathryn Tucker. “Art is the heart of every thriving community, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Ballet Arkansas was founded 44 years ago within AMFA’s walls, and its returning partnership with the museum will push the boundaries and make innovative, accessible programming available to the public.
"Ballet Arkansas could not be more pleased to partner with AMFA," says Michael Fothergill, executive and artistic director of Ballet Arkansas. "Our respective organizations have enjoyed a deep and meaningful relationship for many years. We look forward to the future, and to advancing our shared vision for arts and culture and quality of place in the Natural State."
Read more on Dr. Victoria Ramirez and the AMFA dream team in our January cover story.
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