big piph

Big Piph’s “The Glow”

Friday, March 22
CALS Ron Robinson Theater | 8:00 p.m.

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow is a solo artist and front man for the 7pc jazz and funk infused, hip-hop ensemble, “Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe”. His latest project is a new age narrative, one-man show entitled, “The Glow”, with Corey Harris as music director.

Early Bird tickets will be available at the reduced price of $10 through Monday, March 11. Ticket prices will increase to $15 beginning Tuesday, March 12. Doors open at 7:00 pm with general admission seating. More info & tickets …

legacies and lunch

Lessons for New Military and Civilian Leaders

Wednesday, April 3
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave. | 2:00 p.m.

After successful careers in both the military and the corporate world, Robert F. Griffin, MD, wrote a book to share his formula for building effective leadership. Griffin, a retired U.S. Army surgeon and brigadier general and former executive officer at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, focuses on techniques and styles of the admirable leaders with whom he served. More info …

roosevelt thompson

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[at]cals[dot]org. Contributions may be viewed here »

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

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 Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located in Library Square. The Research Room of the Roberts Library is shared by the Butler Center and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture. Here, the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
Campus Parking Lot Rates

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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.

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

Dec

14

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Mar

30

2019

on view now

Paintings by Terry Brewer: Nepal Maa Dui Barsa Base (Two Years in Nepal, 2008–2010)

After a twenty-year career as a graphic artist, Terry Brewer made his first trip to Asia in 1998. While in Nepal, he began looking into volunteer opportunities, hoping to return someday to live, work, and explore. In 2008, he returned to Nepal as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International and stayed over two years. In between work assignments and treks into the mountains, he set up a studio in Katmandu and began an ongoing series of portraits and landscapes.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

8

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Apr

27

2019

on view now

Paintings by Charles Henry James: Back to the Garden

Artist and musician Charles Henry James, who has split his time between Little Rock and his native New York for nearly thirty years, takes a humorous, free-wheeling approach to socio/political engagement, filtered through the lens of pop culture tropes, op art, surrealism, and psychedelia.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

8

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May

25

2019

on view now

Made in America: Vintage Film Posters from the Ron Robinson Collection

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), holds an extensive collection of Arkansas-related and other movie posters. The late Ron Robinson of Little Rock, an avid collector who was the president of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) and also served as a U.S. Air Force officer in Vietnam, generously donated these film posters, which are mostly related to Arkansas history, U.S. politics, and American popular culture.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Mar

8

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Jun

29

2019

on view now

Part to Whole: The Making of Art, the Artist, and the Artist Group

With artists Mia Hall, Robyn Horn, Dolores Justus, Barbara Satterfield, Sandra Sell, and Elizabeth Weber. There can be a great divide between the viewer who stands before a work on exhibition and the artist who creates that work in solitude, dedicated to the making of it, often for years before the art is shown. Without knowing the process (the how), or the concept (the why), engaging with a finished work of art can be difficult. This exhibition tells the story of how work is made, why work is made, who the artist is, and how ongoing conversations among like-minded artists often lead to wholes greater than the sum of their parts.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Mar

22

2019

Arkansas Sounds presents Big Piph’s “The Glow”

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow is a Stanford-educated international emcee and community builder. This noted TEDx speaker is a solo artist and front man for the 7pc jazz and funk infused, hip-hop ensemble, “Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe”. His music, talks, and workshops have taken him abroad to countries such as Morocco, The Gambia, Seychelles, Thailand, Myanmar, and more. After a decade plus in the industry, his unique entertainment is relayed through the lenses of purpose, humor, creativity, race, and a global perspective. His latest project is a new age narrative, one-man show entitled, “The Glow”, with Corey Harris as music director.

Early Bird tickets will be available at the reduced price of $10 through Monday, March 11. Ticket prices will increase to $15 beginning Tuesday, March 12. Doors open at 7:00 pm with general admission seating.

Main Library, Darragh Center
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
8:00 p.m.

Apr

3

2019

Legacies & Lunch: Lessons for New Military and Civilian Leaders

After successful careers in both the military and the corporate world, Robert F. Griffin, MD, wrote a book to share his formula for building effective leadership. Griffin, a retired U.S. Army surgeon and brigadier general and former executive officer at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, focuses on techniques and styles of the admirable leaders with whom he served.

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
2:00 p.m.

May

1

2019

A Thing of Beauty and Convenience: The History and Evolution of the Central Arkansas Library System

Since the opening of the single Carnegie Library in 1910, library service in Little Rock has evolved to include multiple branches in two counties. The story of the Central Arkansas Library System is filled with unique personalities, grassroots efforts, and visionary ideas. Historian, librarian, and archivist Tim Nutt will highlight the history of CALS and some of the important events and individuals that have contributed to the system’s success.

Tim Nutt is the director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Main Library, Darragh Center
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
12:00 p.m.