ASC was founded in 1968, made a commission of the City of Pine Bluff in 1971, and accredited with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in 2001. ASC presents programming in the visual arts, performing arts, and the sciences through exhibits, performances, classes, and local partnerships. Education programming occurs on and off site and area schools are encouraged to visit for free exhibition tours and hands-on activities. Classes are offered for children, youth, and adults with scholarships available. Gallery admission, hands-on programming, and school field trips are all free—thanks to sponsors, successful grant writing, and the generosity of the local community.
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas serves as a cultural crossroad: engaging, educating, and entertaining through the arts and sciences.
Welcome, from the Executive Director.
The Arts & Science Center is an intersection of arts, science, and performing arts—bringing people together for exhibitions, hands-on art and science activities, theater, and music—serving as a cultural gathering place for people who might, otherwise, never cross paths. Think of The Center as a magnet for creativity, critical thinking, and lifelong learning.
Art exhibitions feature the work of Arkansas artists, art of the Delta, and art by African American artists. Community gathers to meet the artists at openings where ArtKrewe volunteers host receptions in the tradition of true Southern hospitality. Artists often give free art workshops during 2nd Saturday Family FunDays—exceptional opportunities to meet and learn from artists firsthand.
Science exhibitions come to us through partnership in the Arkansas Discovery Network which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Science exhibitions are also free and 2nd Saturday Family FunDays alternate hands-on art and science for young and old. We provide a venue and activities that encourage inter-generational learning and play. Many of our science activities originate from the best science museums in the United States: San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Science Museum of Minnesota, and Oregon’s Museum of Science and Industry.
If you would like invitations and information on our events, sign up for our e-blasts.
In addition to upcoming event information, this website also serves as a repository of the great history of events at ASC. Visit our archive of exhibitions, theatrical productions, and “Trip Down Memory Lane” the videotaped interviews that capture some favorite moments of the past decades. Education support includes planning for school field trips and classroom lesson plans.
The Arts & Science Center brings excellence to the region through accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by fewer than 4% of museums in the United States. This high standard of work, free gallery admission, and free hands-on activities are possible due to the generosity of sponsors, foundations, and members. Your support is welcome through membership, exhibition or performing arts sponsorships, education event sponsorship, summer camp scholarships, donations for memorials or honoraria, named endowments, or legacy giving.
See you at The Center,
Lenore Shoults, Ph.D.
Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 1 – 4 p.m.
701 Main Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601
870.536.3375 (phone) • 870.536.3380 (fax)