ArtsFest to Host ArtsFest Couture: a DIY Fashion Show at 2014 Festival.

ArtsFest is excited to announce ArtsFest Couture–a DIY fashion show  to take place on  Friday October 3rd on Van Ronkle street in Downtown Conway during ArtsFest’s Light Up the Night event. Art can be found everywhere at ArtsFest 2014 including in our clothing. ArtsFest Couture will give artists/seamstresses a chance to showcase their design skills, [...]

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The NAMES Project

NAMES Quilt Project

Be sure to check out panels from the NAMES Project quilt will be on display in Hardin Hall at the University of Central Arkansas from Sept 29 – Oct 5 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international NGO (non-governmental organization) that is the custodian of The [...]

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Flat Stanley Comes to ArtsFest and Local Schools

As part of ArtsFest 2014 Reynolds Performance Hall is bringing in a professional, theatrical touring company to present “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley”.   This show will be will be held on October 5th at 3pm in our hall.  The musical is based on the popular book by Jeff Brown.  In a whirlwind musical travelogue Stanley explores the [...]

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Flat Stanley is coming to ArtsFest!

Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas will present Flat Stanley as part of ArtsFest 2014. The performance will be held Sunday, October 5th at 3pm. Tickets will go on sale August 11th at 10 am. They will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Stanley Lambchop is a normal boy in all respects [...]

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Play Poker and Support the Arts!

CAFTA to Host First Annual Conway Poker Cup Please join us for the first annual Conway Poker Cup to benefit Conway ArtsFest.  The event will be held on Friday, July 25th at 7pm at Kings Live Music in Conway Ar.  Entry for the event will be $30.  Players may re-buy into the tournament until the [...]

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Author Fair at the Faulkner County Library

From the Log Cabin Democrat,  http://thecabin.net/news/lifestyle/2013-09-19/author-fair-faulkner-county-library#.UkDdsYbBOSo The Faulkner County Library celebrates ArtsFest with its second annual Author Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to local authors, and for authors to get to know one another in what is sometimes a lonely profession. There [...]

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Calling Artists to be Art Exhibitors at the ArtsFest’s Marketplace

We are now accepting Exhibitor applications for “Student” and “Non-Student” Artists and Artisans living in the Conway and Central Arkansas area who are interested in exhibiting and selling their original — two-dimensional art, digital art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, fiber (wearable and non-wearable), glass, painting, and wood–artwork. Three jurors will review entries; the winners will [...]

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ArtsFest Unveils Exciting 2013 Schedule

CONWAY — Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will host the seventh annual Conway ArtsFest, a weeklong festival of music, art, theatre, dance, creative writing and film, beginning Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. downtown in Simon Park. Events will continue through Saturday, Oct. 5at 10 p.m. and are open to the public.   The [...]

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ArtsFest 2011 & 2012

2012 What’s Happening in 2012? Lots! You can check the events calendar for a more complete listing of what is going on during the week of ArtsFest. This year we’ll be putting on “ArtsFest: Such Great Heights” with a general theme of architecture flowing through many events (including guided tours on bike and foot in Conway). Don’t miss Mirazozo, a building-sized [...]

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Community Mural on Chestnut

Conway is the proud home a new community mural created by members of the community under the guidance of lead artist Jordan Karpe and with the help of Conway Alliance for the Arts. The design process for the Conway Community Mural Project, located on the east side of the Old Grand Theater at the corner [...]

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New community mural announced!

Work is about to begin on a community mural for downtown Conway after the Conway City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to match a grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance. The city’s contribution of $8,000 gives the lead artist, Jordan Karpe, the money necessary to complete the project on the east wall of the old Grant [...]

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Presenting the first annual CAFTA Awards

The CAFTA Awards are intended to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution or impact in the City of Conway. Use the form below to nominate an individual for any of the following: Student Artist, Individual Artist, Outstanding Arts Educator, or Community Advocate for the Arts.   All are welcome to nominate! The deadline [...]

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UCA Baum Gallery Guided Tours

For those interested there will be guided tours of the Baum Gallery at UCA, which is in McCastlain Hall and adjacent the Mirazozo Luminarium. The tours are especially geared toward kids and families and will be on Saturday, Sept 29 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Bring your family to see the Luminarium and round [...]

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Get Lit!

Well everyone, the time has come – Friday, Sept 28th it’s Get Lit.  Downtown Conway will come to life with music, art and community.  There is a lot to be excited about this year. Conway Film Festival! Come see local films in the District Court Building on Prairie St.  6 – 8pm Live Music This [...]

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The Art School Mural

Didn’t make it out to see The Art School students working on their mural?  We’ve got a photo for you! The mural is a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life” and can be seen at the East Oakwood/Oakwood Apartments at the corner of Center and Hairston Streets, Conway. Go see the mural and the [...]

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Dancer – the film @ UCA

“Miami-based artist Dara Friedman’s film Dancer turns Miami’s street corners into a stage. Filming its performers from a slow-moving van and simultaneously transmitting an upbeat soundtrack into various neighborhoods, passersby appear to be breaking into dance. Featuring Loren “L” Livick.” Check out the Dancer and hear from Dara. Thursday, Sept 27, 2pm ; Friday, Sept [...]

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Vortex Reading on the Way!

ARTSFEST TO SPONSOR MULTI-COLLEGE LITERARY READING By J. Jobe UCA Department of Writing CONWAY ― As part of Conway ArtsFest 2012, which runs through Sept. 29, students and faculty from the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College will read poetry and prose at Something Brewing on Wednesday, Sept. 26. “Students will read for five [...]

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Tyrone Jaeger reads from The Runaway Note

READING, BOOK‐SIGNING BY HENDRIX PROFESSOR SET FOR ARTSFEST By Julia Lee McGill UCA Department of Writing CONWAY — A reading and book signing for Hendrix College professor Tyrone Jaeger, whose novella The Runaway Note was recently published by Shakespeare and Company, Toad Suck, will be part of Conway’s annual ArtsFest, which will run Sept. 21‐29. [...]

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Delfeayo Marsalis performance and class @ UCA

PRESS RELEASE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION CONTACT: Dr. Jackie Lamar, (501) 450-­‐5763; jackiel@uca.edu. September 7, 2012 Delfeayo Marsalis to perform with UCA jazz bands By Carissa Gan College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office CONWAY — Delfeayo Marsalis, a renowned jazz producer and trombonist from Louisiana, will perform [...]

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Mirazozo Luminarium

Monumental interactive sculpture to be installed on UCA campus during Conway’s ArtsFest CONWAY — The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas announces the upcoming installation of the Mirazozo luminarium on the campus of UCA Sept. 27‐29. A luminarium is an inflatable, building‐sized sculptural environment created by Architects of Air, a [...]

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Poets in the Luminarium!

By now, seeing as you are reading this ArtsFest blog post, you have probably heard that the Architects of Air are coming to Conway with their Mirazozo Luminarium.  You need a ticket, which is free online, to wander in this experience of light and architecture.  To get all the info check out the official press [...]

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Chalk Artists Getting to Work!

Some of the chalk-on featured artists have begun their work downtown. They are faced with rain delays this week, but will be back at work during ArtsFest. Come out for Get Lit on Friday, Sept 28 or Art Walk (a family event!) on Saturday (Sept 29).  Or just check out the calendar and find one [...]

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CORE Performance Company @ Mirazozo

Join CORE Performance Company, a professional contemporary dance company based in Atlanta/Houston, as they perform “Light Moves” inside Mirazozo on Sept. 28 at 4:00, 4:20, and 4:40 pm and Sept. 29 at 1:00, 1:20, and 1:40 pm.  CORE will also give an open rehearsal in Mirazozo on Sept. 27 at 1:20, 1:40, and 2:00 pm.  To [...]

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The Mirazozo Luminarium

Has the news reached you yet?  The Mirazozo Luminarium will be at University of Central Arkansas during ArtsFest! If you hadn’t heard, this will be a spectacular experience for visitors.  This is art that you truly experience. Go an wander in wonder during Conway ArtsFest. Don’t miss Mirazozo, a building-sized inflatable environment created by the [...]

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Conway Film Festival Details!

Psi Delta Kappa, the cinematic co-ed honors  student fraternity at the University of Central Arkansas, is now accepting entries to the 4th Annual Conway Film Festival. The festival will take place September 28-29, 2012 at the Conway District Court Building, 810 Parkway Street, as part of Conway’s annual ArtsFest Celebration. Admission is free. Screening will take place: [...]

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Artsfest meeting sept 5

We present to you: photographic evidence that the ArtsFest planning committee does work. Now blogging from their mobile devices the team will be keeping you up to date on all the action…  Are you ready for ArtsFest? Don’t forget to check out the calendar of events to see what’s coming up (there’s lots!)

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WayFinders In Progress

We’re still gathering up volunteers who want to take on making a way-finder. Details will go out this week (sometime around Sept 3 or 4) to everyone who has signed up to volunteer online. In the meantime  we thought it fitting to show the progress one of our committee members is making on his architecturally [...]

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Join the Promo Team!

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering in the build-up to ArtsFest check out all the details over at La Lucha Space where they have put up a form to let you connect. Follow this link to join the promo team!  We will be reaching out to teams shortly, in the meantime start [...]

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ArtsFest on the way!

Planning for this year’s fest is well under way.  In the days to come we’ll be keeping you up to date here on our site as well as on Facebook and Twitter – be sure to connect so you don’t miss a second of creative efforts leading up to, during, or after the festivities. Let’s [...]

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101 Years of Broadway

101 Years of Broadway is part of the “Broadway” Series that is part of UCA Performances for the 2012 Season. From the UCA website: The most successful touring Broadway concert in America, featuring five of Broadway’s finest stars, returns to Conway for a magical evening you’ll always remember! 101 Years of Broadway recreates the biggest [...]

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Baum Gallery

Baum Gallery presents: FALL SEASON OF EXHIBITIONS Thursday, September 15 – Thursday, October 27, 2011 Artists’ Reception and 15th Anniversary Celebration: Friday, October 7, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm *Connections: The Fifteenth Year Anniversary exhibition featuring work in all UCA studio content areas by 27 selected UCA and Arkansas artists. *More Than a Mold: Contemporary [...]

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Blackbird Academy Art Exhibit

On Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 Blackbird Academy of Arts will proudly showcase student artwork downtown at Montebanq Place. The exhibit will be displayed in the hallway between SoHo Photography and Cakes by Catie. Come check out our budding Picassos and Monets!       Montebanq Place is located at 1107 E. Oak [...]

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Broken China Jewelry Project

The Broken China Jewelry Project includes about 25 volunteers making broken china pendants to be sold for $10. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas. For more information contact coordinator Linda Fullerton – 501-514-5022. The Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas is a non-profit organization providing shelter and various services for victims of domestic [...]

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Children’s Parade

The kick-off to Family Day Kid Zone interactive is a Children’s Parade in downtown Conway.  Children and their art, creative characters, music and more will line up on Front Street and make their way to Simon Park to kick off the festivities of Kids Zone! Parade coordinators are Mary Ruth Marotte and Jim Wiltgen. Admission [...]

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Community Canvas

Calling all creatives!  Blackbird Academy of Arts will be hosting a Community Canvas on Saturday, October 1 in downtown Conway.  Amateurs, artists, and creatives of all ages are invited to drop by and add their own artistic impressions to the canvas.  The canvas and painting supplies will be provided – you just bring the ideas! You’ll [...]

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Conway Film Festival

This will be the third year of the Conway Film Festival, brought to you by the UCA film fraternity Psi Delta Kappa.  Hosted by ThatChurch on the corner of Deer and Chestnut, Downtown, the Conway Film Festival will be a part of ArtsFest activities on Friday Sept 30 and Saturday, Oct 1. You can read [...]

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Craig Jensen: Book Arts Lecture

September 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall, Hendrix College Campus “Book Arts: Dressing up Art, Literature, and the Printed Word” Fine edition binder Craig Jensen is one of America’s most respected bookbinders. For the last three decades, he has dedicated himself to the craft and the history of the book. In 1981, Jensen moved [...]

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Debate: The Arts

Monday, September 26, 7:00 pm UCA College of Business Auditorium 107 (across from AETN Studios). Two,  two-person debate teams will conduct a public form debate on an issue of public concern related to the arts. This event is sponsored by the UCA Competitive Speech Team, under the direction of Department of Communication faculty member Mark Lowery [...]

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Don’t Stop Please

Don’t Stop Please will perform on the Kris Allen Stage in Simon Park on Friday, Sept 30th from about 5pm, just in time for the after-work crowd to get energized for the big night! From their website: “Don’t Stop Please, your friendly neighborhood suppliers of good times and good tunes! Don’t Stop Please is a [...]

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Kitchen Witches

Kitchen Witches will be presented September 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9 at the Lantern Theatre, home of the Conway Community Arts Association. The play is the hilarious story of two cable TV chefs, who have been enemies for over 30 years, and are suddenly thrown together on a new cooking show. Problems [...]

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Sonshine Academy Free Workshops

Click for flyer: Hip-Hop Workshop Sonshine Academy to offer FREE Hip-Hop and Theater Workshops in Celebration of ARTSFEST. Beginner Hip-Hop: Saturday, October 1st, 1:30 (No experience necessary) Faculty: Haley Harmon: Haley Harmon is a 6 year member of Sonshine Academy’s Xtreme Dance Force. Although she’s been dancing since she was two in studios in Virginia, [...]

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Soul Speak

  Soul Speak Conway Community Dance will perform Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Kris Allen Stage,Downtown Conway, beginning at 11:00 AM.     Visit their website for more about Soul Speak. From one of the founders, Michael Goodbar: Soul Speak Conway Community Dance looks to provide the opportunity and privilege to dance in Conway to [...]

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Street Corner Symphony

Street Corner Symphony will perform Wednesday, September 28th, on the Hendrix campus as part of ArtsFest 2011.  You’ll remember them from the 2nd season of NBC’s show “Sing Off”.  The concert begins at 8:00 PM and will be held in the Worsham Performance Hall in the Student LIfe and Technology Building. Admission is FREE From [...]

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Swear and Shake

Swear and Shake, a band from NY, will headline the music portion of Friday, September 30th, in Simon Park. The band will perform at 8:30 pm on the Kris Allen Stage. From their website: Although their first EP, “Extended Play,” is still hot off the presses, critics and fans have been quick to applaud New [...]

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