About ARTx3

This campus aims to empower our community through the arts, support the revitalization of Downtown Pine Bluff, bolster the creative economy, and bring positive attention to our city.

Mission Statement

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas serves as a cultural crossroad: engaging, educating, and entertaining through the arts and sciences.

Vision Statement

Changing lives through creativity.

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (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 and 2016. The museum offers three exhibition galleries, interactive youth activity space, and the 232-seat Catherine M. Bellamy Theater.

The ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS on Main were opened in 2021.  The ARTSpace features a retail gallery of works by regional artists, community gallery space, hands-on arts workshop studio, and an event space. ART WORKS is home to the 65-seat Adam B. Robinson Jr. Black Box Theater, as well as artist-in-residence apartments and studios.

623 & 627 S. MAIN STREET, PINE BLUFF, AR  71601

History of the ARTx3 Campus

The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas boasts a storied heritage firmly grounded in the belief that the interconnection of arts and sciences serves as the driving force for flourishing communities. Watch the video below, showcasing our origins and the  progress we've made in our mission to give Southeast Arkansas' vibrant communities access to the disciplines of the Arts and Sciences.

The ARTx3 Campus 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 ARTSpace on Main and the ART WORKS on Main

The ARTSpace and ART WORKS are projects of The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and opened in 2021. They supplement ASC’s main building and the three facilities comprise ASC’s ARTx3 campus and initiative.

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The facilities include a retail gallery, a black box theater with a ticket and concession bar, open gallery and event space, an outdoor event and garden area, artist apartments with studios, a workshop for classes, a costume shop, a computer lab, and more.

Beautiful examples of adaptive reuse, the buildings were constructed in the 1920s. Renovations converted the two dark commercial and industrial buildings into bright, open multifunctional spaces.

The project is generously funded by the Windgate Foundation, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The ARTSpace and ART WORKS are also supported by the Kline Family Foundation and from donations to the Adam B. Robinson Jr. Endowment Fund.

Architecture services by AMR Architects of Little Rock and designLAB architects in Boston, and construction by East Harding Construction.

The ARTSpace on Main

The ARTSpace on Main, with more than 11,000 square feet, is a multipurpose community arts and events space.

The building features the Windgate Community Gallery for area artists to show and sell work; the Kline Family Foundation Event Gallery for meetings, art exhibitions, and events; the Loft Gallery for exhibitions and events; flexible workshop spaces for classes and workshops; a woodshop and scene shop; a costume shop; a pottery studio; and the outside ART Yard for large-scale projects and events.

Pressed tin ceiling tiles downstairs, original hardwood floors upstairs, and a preserved indoor advertising mural are character-filled reminders of the building’s past life. New features include glass-paned garage doors separating the spaces, and a striking outdoor staircase.

The ART WORKS on Main

The jewel of ART WORKS on Main is the Adam B. Robinson Jr. Black Box Theater for small, community-oriented productions and intimate concerts. The 65-seat theater is named in honor of the longtime ASC supporter, board member, and theater volunteer. The theater utilizes the latest sound and lighting equipment.

A welcoming lobby and beautiful ticket/concessions bar complement the theater space.

ART WORKS also includes five spacious apartment units for resident artists‚ including one accessible unit. Accompanying individual studios can be used by the residents or rented to local artists.

The Windgate Community Gallery

Located inside The ARTSpace on Main, is a retail gallery space with artwork and items from Pine Bluff and area artists.Find your next beautiful gift while you shop locally.The gallery is open from 12–5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.

For more information, call Gallery Assistant Kayla Earnest during gallery hours at (870) 395-7009 or email kearnest@asc701.org.

Resident Artist Lodging and Studios

ART WORKS also includes five spacious apartment units for resident artists‚ including one accessible unit. Accompanying individual studios can be used by the residents or rented to local artists.

Core Values

Excellence Through Practice

  • Uphold the highest standards in current museum best practices through our accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
  • Be accountable and transparent in all our endeavors.To always be good stewards of our resources.
  • To always be good stewards of our resources.
  • Leverage our funding support to bring cultural and educational opportunities to all through free gallery admission, free hands-on activities, and free school field trips.

Create Connections

  • Strive to be a museum “without walls” — never expecting the community to only come to us, but, instead, seek out opportunities to bring the museum to the community through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Create lasting relationships and impactful outreach in the community through partnerships.

Embrace Innovation

  • Offer opportunities to improve and bolster workforce development in our neighborhood and community.
  • Keep abreast of trends in STEAM education and create innovative ways to incorporate trends into existing and future. programming.

Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

  • Serve as a cultural crossroads for our community, providing opportunities to learn from each other.
  • Ignite curiosity and encourage respect through open dialogue.
  • Support and foster diversity among staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, and our audience.

Be a Good Neighbor

  • Be aware and respectful of how we use and interact in public spaces around us — residential neighbors, as well as businesses, other nonprofit and cultural organizations, and City government.
  • Participate in activities that improve the quality of life of our neighbors.
  • Be a proactive contributor to the revitalization of Downtown Pine Bluff.

ASC Board of Trustees

Pia Woods

Chair

Dr. Iry Rice

vice Chair

Sandra Fisher

secretary

Tracy Sutherland

Treasurer

Tom Bennett

Immediate-past Chair

Tavante Calhoun

Lazenie Collins

Dr. Tasnuva Enam

Teki Hunt-Jimenez

Dr. Jerry Ingram

Jodie Jolly

Portia Jones

Florence Love

Dr. Stacy Pfluger

Scott Robinson

Laura Beth Shaner

Shalisha Thomas

ASC Endowment Fund Board of Directors

Troy DeBill

president

Julie Bridgeforth

vice-president

Tom Richard

SEcretary

Tracy Sutherland

treasurer

Tom Bennett

Martin Carty

Annette Kline

Wendy Talbot

Pia Woods

ASC Staff

Dr. Rachel Miller
Executive Director
Kevin Haynie
Curator of Collections & Exhibitions
Cynthia Gaddy
Administrative & Finances Manager
Lindsey Collins
Theater Programs Manager; Interim Director
Shakeelah Rahmaan
Education Programs Manager
J. Tyler Lewis
Outreach Programs Coordinator
Matthew Howard
Visitor Relations Coordinator
Shannon Frazeur
Communications Coordinator
ASC Contact
Call or Email
Jessica Craven
Communications & Development Assistant
Erica Kriner
Development Coordinator

The ARTSpace on Main Staff

Bethany Gere
Public Programs Coordinator
Kayla Earnest
Theater Assistant
Martin Carty
Facilities and Rentals Manager
Dorian Henry
Gallery Assistant at The ARTSpace on Main
Dajanai Johnson
Public Programs Assistant

Thank you to our Partners and Supporters

Arkansas Arts Council
an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts, which is housed in the Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage
Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Arkansas Department of Correction
Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN)
Arkansas Mill Supply Centennial Fund
Arts & Science Center Endowment Fund, Inc.
Ben J. Altheimer Foundation
Carl M. Sewald Endowment for the Performing Arts
Catherine M. Bellamy Fund for the Performing Arts
Central Moloney, Inc.
City of Pine Bluff
City of White Hall
Dollye S. & James H. Shoemaker Endowment
Entergy Arkansas Performing Artist Fund
Entergy Arkansas Visual Arts Exhibition Fund
Fifty for the Future
George A. Makris Sr. Educational Fund
H.S. Seabrook Foundation Children’s Theatre Fund
Harold S. Seabrook Charitable Trust
Helen Claire Brooks Endowment for School Partnerships
International Paper Science Exhibition Fund
Irene Rosenzweig Endowment
Jefferson County
Junior League of Pine Bluff
Junior Sesame Club
Louis L. Ramsay Jr. Educational Fund
M.K. Distributors
Mary Ross Taylor in honor of “Pinchback” Taylor
Nan Simmons and Lynne Smart Endowment
Pine Bluff Commercial
Pine Bluff Community Foundation
Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pine Bluff High School Class of 1958 Reunion Committee
Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company
Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
Relyance Bank
Sarah J. Creasy Endowment for the Visual Arts
Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Simmons First National Bank
Sissy’s Log Cabin
Smart Auto Group
Southwestern Bell Science Exhibition Fund
Stephens Group Endowment
Synergy Forum, Inc.
Talbot Capital Management
Tanya M. Simpson Endowment for Performing Artists
The Discovery Network
The Strong Group and Mike & Annette Kline
The Trinity Foundaton
U.S. Steel
University of Arkansas Foundation
Waste Management of Arkansas Environmental Science Fund
William H. Kennedy Jr. Visual Arts Fund
William K. Atkinson Science Education Fund
William Randolph Hearst Educational Programs Fund
Windgate Charitable Foundation
American Alliance of Museums
The Discovery Network