Annual Report


This year was full of progress and change for the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. In October 2022, we launched the Creative Construction Zone renovation project. The renovation converted the Simmons Reception Gallery, a small library, and staff kitchen into a vibrant, hands-on activity space perfect for visitors of all ages, but specifically for our little visitors, Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Completed in July 2023, the Creative Construction Zone (CCZ) includes a micro-teaching kitchen, a large play space equipped with tinkering activities and games, a reading nook, and an outdoor space accessible by a garage door. Two local artists — Jonathan Wright and John Kushmaul — created original artwork for the space. Since its completion, the CCZ has hosted many events, and our visitors are in love with the new space!

Also, this year, the Arts & Science Center, The ARTSpace and ART WORKS on Main were officially rebranded as the ARTx3 Campus. The rebranding includes a new logo, website, and promotional materials. By merging the strengths and resources of all three facilities, we can continue providing a comprehensive and inclusive platform for artistic expression, exploration, and education. The ARTx3 campus aims to empower our community through the arts, support the revitalization of Downtown Pine Bluff, and bolster the creative economy while bringing positive attention to our city.

In December, I made the bittersweet decision to resign as Executive Director of the Arts & Science Center. I will forever be grateful to the Board of Trustees and the Arts & Science Center Endowment Board of Directors for entrusting in me the leadership of this beautiful Museum for the past seven years. I am truly proud of my accomplishments as the Executive Director, but it is time for a fresh vision that can build upon the work completed. In my departure, I very much believe that I am leaving the Arts & Science Center stronger as an organization.

You can keep ASC and the ARTx3 campus growing and thriving by continuing to make it your place for creativity; your place to engage with the community, your neighbors, your family, and friends. Your support can be given in so many ways by being a volunteer, member, donor and/or sponsor. No contribution is too small; all have a huge impact!

With much gratitude,

Dr. Rachel M. Miller