Kerry Kraus

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville has launched a statewide tour of a new play which introduces students to the beauty and importance of the arts. Digging Up Arkansas tells the “story of three writers from the Federal Writer’s Project who invite students to explore and organize historical artifacts before President Roosevelt’s scheduled arrival in Arkansas. The writers unearth Arkansas mysteries and demonstrate how communication, cooperation, courage and culture have shaped state history. Making historical facts fun and relevant for school aged children, this engaging play uses a creative approach to teaching Arkansas history by incorporating music, artifacts and tableau or living pictures.”
The play is geared toward third through fifth graders and when the tour is completed, over 6,000 students will have seen it.

Governor and Mrs. Mike Beebe, along with Walton Arts Center President Peter B. Lane, are welcoming the tour to Little Rock Monday, May 9 with a reception at the Old State House Museum. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres kick-off the evening at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by an excerpt from the play.

Scheduled performances for Central Arkansas are:

May 10: Pulaski County Schools, 10 a.m. and noon
May 11: Clinton Elementary, 10 a.m. and noon
May 12: E-Stem, Arkansas Arts Council and Don Roberts 10 a.m. and noon

Contact Missy Darwin Kincaid at 479-571-2781 for more information.


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