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Peter Janson and Steve Davison to Play Oct. 24

The popular House Concert Series continues with American Guitar Masters Peter Janson and Steve Davison on Oct. 24 at 7pm.

Acoustic guitarists Peter Janson, from Boston, MA, and Steve Davison, from Little Rock, AR, will perform a House Concert in Wildwood Park’s Pavilion in the Asian Woodland Garden on October 24, 2014, at 7pm. If weather is inclement, the concert will be held indoors.

Guitarists Janson and Davison perform Celtic tunes, American Roots, Delta blues, folk-songs, solos and duets. Both guitarists have won numerous awards including “Solo Competition Winner” (Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival), “Best Album” and “Best Acoustic Album” (ZMR Music Awards). They are experienced independent performers having played across the US and Canada – from Berkley, CA, to the Montreal International Jazz Festival, to Boston, MA.

Wildwood’s House Concert Series is an intimate opportunity to hear great music of diverse genres in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a suggested minimum donation of $15 per person, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Announcing New Cooking Classes for Adults!

Are you already having nightmares about your holiday dinners?

Have no fear… WILD Cooks classes with Faith Anaya are here!

Adults ages 21 and up are invited to join us on Sunday, November 9 from 2:00-4:00 at Wildwood Park for the Arts for a holiday cooking class. Learn how to properly brine poultry, create tasty side dishes, and bake a decadent dessert. The class is part demonstration and part hands-on.  Tasting portions of all menu items will be served.   Each participant will take home an uncooked chicken and special brining seasoning with which to practice for a subsequent dinner. Final menu is TBD.

Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.  $70 per person.  Limited to 12 participants. Sign up here!

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Wildwood Hosts WAMA Workshop with John Corigliano

Grammy, Oscar, and Pulitzer winning composer John Corigliano will be at Wildwood Park on Saturday, November 8 for a workshop. The workshop will feature students from the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts, the String Quartet from the University of Central Arkansas, and the Little Rock Central High School band, and the Conway High School chamber orchestra.

The workshop will begin at 10am in Wildwood’s Cabe Festival Theatre. It is free of charge and the public is invited to attend to listen to Mr. Corigliano conduct and talk about his work.

You can learn more about Mr. Corigliano at his website.

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Art in Park Opening Reception Scheduled for Oct. 16

Wildwood Park for the Arts announces its newest program: Art in the Park. Art in the Park is an opportunity for local artists to use the lobby space of Wildwood’s theatre complex as exhibition space. Art in the Park is a collaboration with artists, galleries and universities in central Arkansas to provide revolving exhibits throughout the year.

The public is invited to a reception on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm, for artists participating in Wildwood’s first Art in the Park installation. The works will be on display beginning October 16th through November 16th.

Following the reception, the art may be viewed weekdays between 10 am and 4 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 pm.

Art in the Park is an initiative to provide additional encounters with art and culture for daily Park visitors who are most familiar with Wildwood as a public outdoor space.

The following artists are featured through mid-November: Vicki Kovaleski, Emily Moll Wood, Tom Tull, Robin Tucker, Gary Wayne Golden, Tim Jacob, W. Michael Spain, Mark Johnson.

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Three WILDKids Cook! Camps announced for this fall

We are delighted to invite your children and teens ages 8 and up to register and join us for WILDKids Cook! October 5, October 19, and November 16 from 2:00-4:00 PM. Faith Anaya from Kids Cook! Arkansas will be sharing some creative recipes that will give your WILDKid hands on experience in the kitchen. Space is limited to only 12 students for each class, so please register here today to ensure your child’s participation. 

For more information, view our Classes and Camps page.

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Artist Kay Thomas Visits Roberts Elementary

Teaching artist Kay Thomas spent last week working with third graders at Roberts Elementary. She worked with the children in the art of puppetry, exercising their creative talents in building puppets out of various materials. Thomas incorporated language arts and character building skills by recognizing and identifying various character traits and themes of community.

Thomas, a native of Texarkana is in her second year as a teaching artist in Wildwood’s Arts in Education program. To learn more about the Arts in Education program, click here.

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Zinse Agginie is the first Arts in Education Artist of the Year

Zinse Agginie, an artists specializing in African drumming and storytelling is in residence at Robinson Elementary this week where he will work with grads K-2nd.

Zinse will work with children to learn ancient African myths such as the stories of Anansi and the Eagle in the Moon. He also gives them a hands-on chance to learn about music and rhythm while playing traditional African drums.

Zinse will continue his work in Wildwood’s Arts in Education program next week at Baker Elementary.

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House Concert featuring Aarun Carter and Jonathan Trawick – Sep. 17!

Join us on September 17 for an intimate House Concert featuring Aarun Carter and Jonathan Trawick.

Tickets for the concert are a suggested donation of $15, and refreshments, including beer and wine, will be sold.