Mission + Vision
The Arkansas Arts Center is an active partner in the educational, economic and cultural life of a diverse community; inviting discovery, creativity and learning through engagement with the visual and performing arts.
The Arkansas Arts Center will be a cultural beacon and a catalyst for advancing arts education, enhancing the quality of life, and promoting civic and cultural development in the community. Through its programs, the Arts Center will be a vital part of the fabric of the city, activate MacArthur Park, and be a key player in the on-going vigor of downtown Little Rock.
The Arkansas Arts Center will be the regional leader in the study, display, and preservation of drawings and contemporary craft and will lead the state in displaying International artists and diverse voices that effectively reflect a broad array of cultural backgrounds and viewpoints.
Through the visual and performing arts, the Arts Center will engage its audience in a broader dialogue with the world, society, and history. The Arkansas Arts Center will be a key resource and driver for arts education in the state through targeted programs, collaborations, and outreach. The Museum School and the Children’s Theatre of the Arkansas Arts Center will be the epicenter for creative expression through art making and performance for students of all ages, skill levels, needs, and backgrounds.