The Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock is a program that seeks to engage the local community in the arts, both visual and performing. They champion creativity in all its forms and provide a gallery and theater as well as workshops and tutelage to those seeking to put their foot in the stage door, so to speak.

On site, the museum has a varied and versatile display of exhibitions that are on rotation, aiming to innovate and constantly provide the local community with something fresh and engaging. You can see which artworks are currently calling the venue home through the website in addition to what upcoming exhibitions are planned for the coming months .

Also curating travelling exhibitions from local artists and those further afield, the museum focuses on pieces that have an educational or more conversational topic. The rotating exhibitions usually comprise around 18 to 30 pieces, each carefully selected by the curatorial team to be both an attraction and a think piece.

The children's theatre provides classes, auditions, and a platform to the local community and the end product is highly professional and something of an attraction to theater lovers of all ages. Whether you have a child of your own who has felt the bite of the acting bug or you just want to go along and watch the Hollywood stars of tomorrow finding their feet, the program is well worth a look over. It’s a fantastic evening out for all the family.

The Dorothea Lawrence Gilbert Fund for Art Enrichment and Outreach sponsors the museum school, which provides classes, workshops, and resources to local talent. You can take part in their varied program, which includes things like ceramics, painting, jewellery making, woodwork, and much more. The art classes make for an excellent gift for anyone in the family who is creatively inclined.

The AAC can trace its roots back to its establishment in 1914, when the Fine Arts Club of Arkansas was formed and the center as it stands today was first conceptualized. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and plays a pivotal role in the development and engagement of the creative arts in the local community. It is well worth a visit and your patronage and entertainment is what will feed the future generations, who will come to rely on this invaluable outreach and education facility year after year.

Opening Hours

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm. They are closed on Mondays. The Canvas Restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm, and on weekends from 10:00am to 2:00pm.


501 E 9th Street, Little Rock, AR 72203, website, Phone: 501-372-4000

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