Florence Price and William Grant Still

Florence Price and William Grant Still Tribute

Friday, February 26, 7:00pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
FREE and open to the public

Arkansas Sounds pays tribute to two of Arkansas's most highly acclaimed African American classical composers with a screening of The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price followed by performances of Price's and Still's compositions by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the ASO Youth Orchestra. The film's length is approximately 1 hour. More info »

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Tune in to CALS on KABF 88.3 Each Friday

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has taken to the airwaves with a weekly radio show on KABF 88.3 FM each Friday, from noon-2 p.m. As part of an underwriting agreement with the community radio station, the show will feature a combination of Arkansas-related music and library-related news and interviews that are conducted by staff.
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Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey@cals.org. Contributions may be viewed here »

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Butler eBanner

The Butler eBanner, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, has all the latest news about Butler Center collections, the Arkansas Sounds Music Series, Butler Center art galleries and exhibitions, and more. To see an archive of the eBanner, click here »

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

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Finding Family Facts

Every second Monday
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Arkansas Studies Institute Building, Room 204
401 President Clinton Ave.

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

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The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Room 204, 401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Oct

9

2015

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Mar

26

2016

on view now

Photographic Arts: African American Studio Photography from the Joshua & Mary Swift Collection

This is the first exhibition of works from the Joshua & Mary Swift Collection, featuring photographs of African American people, created in a studio setting during the 1860s-1940s. Many of the featured photographs were hand colored, which created artful and unusual effects on otherwise formal portraits.

Concordia Hall, Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Nov

13

2015

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Feb

27

2016

on view now

Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition

This is an exhibition of works by members of the Arkansas Pastel Society, a non-profit organization founded in February 2004 that promotes pastel art, provides fellowship, and educates pastel artists.

West Gallery, Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Nov

13

2015

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Feb

27

2016

on view now

Earth Work: Photographs by Gary Cawood

Since 2006, Gary Cawood has been photographing the elements of landscapes reconfigured by humans. These staged compositions—the most recent feature terrarium forms—explore manipulations of the natural order and how the natural processes ultimately prevail.

Loft Gallery, Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

12

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Apr

30

2016

on view now

Painting 360°: A Look at Contemporary Panoramic Painting

This exhibition features works in a variety of media by artists who explore the possibilities of looking at the world beyond the edges of a viewfinder as they create images on curved surfaces. Artists whose work is featured in Painting 360° include Marcia Clark, Nicholas Evans-Cato, Christopher Evans, Amer Kobaslija, Jackie Lima, Matthew Lopas, Carrie O'Coyle, and Melissa Cowper Smith.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

26

2016

Florence Price and William Grant Still Tribute

Arkansas Sounds pays tribute to two of Arkansas's most highly acclaimed African American classical composers with a screening of The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price followed by performances of Price's and Still's compositions by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and the ASO Youth Orchestra. The film's length is approximately 1 hour. More info »

7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.