January 02, 2019

FRIDAY, MAR. 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A free-to-the-public panel discussion presented in collaboration with the National Park Service and Clinton School of Public Service will be held at Central High School National Historic Site. Featuring  Rufus Reid, Kelley Hurt, and Bobby LaVell, the panel will be moderated by composer Chris Parker. The goal is to facilitate discussion on the ongoing work of social equity in the United States from the perspectives of people living in different communities and what role music and the arts play in affecting change in our society today.

January 02, 2019

SUNDAY, MAR. 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A reprise performance of the No Tears Suite, written by jazz pianist Chris Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt, with expanded symphonic arrangements written by and featuring Rufus Reid (bass); Brian Blade (drums); Bobby LaVell (tenor saxophone); Marc Franklin (trumpet); Chad Fowler (baritone and alto saxophone); and an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble—conducted by ASO's Geoffrey Robson.

The No Tears Suite was written in honor of unity on the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School Crisis.

July 02, 2018

TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018

Help us make #GivingTuesday a success! Donate to our new Women Artists Fund to make a difference. 

November 18, 2019

TUESDAY, FEB. 18 and WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“One of America's best songwriters—skilled at shambling country-folk tunes about poor folks, right-wing crapulence and his own screw-ups.” 
Rolling Stone

July 27, 2019

TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2020 at 6:30 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A special reading and discussion at Ron Robinson Theater featuring Silas House, author of Southernmost. Moderating the discussion is OA contributor and editor-in-chief at Sibling Rivalry Press, Seth Pennington.

“An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller about a man on the run that explores themes like the pain of atonement and the necessity of reconciliation, being published at a time when understanding across cultural and political divides seems wider than ever." —Salon.com

August 07, 2019

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“Now living in the States, Villafranca has emerged as a commanding presence on the jazz scene, not just in the U.S. but throughout the world.”
DownBeat

October 16, 2019

SUNDAY, MAR. 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM | LITTLE ROCK

“It is as if, just by listening to him, a person is taken into his confidence. That trust—the negligible distance between what Moreland feels and what he sings—can create a beguiling intimacy. He is confessing, but expects no absolution.”
The New Yorker

August 01, 2019

TUESDAY, MAR. 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM | LITTLE ROCK

A special reading and discussion at Ron Robinson Theater featuring Leesa Cross-Smith, author of So We Can Glow: Stories. Moderating the discussion is OA contributor and author of A Few Seconds of Radiant FilmstripKevin Brockmeier.

“Leesa Cross-Smith is a consummate storyteller who uses her formidable talents to tell the oft-overlooked stories of people living in that great swath of place between the left and right coasts.” —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist