Beni Montresor (1926-2001), May I Bring A Friend?; watercolor, 9 7/8 x 15 5/8 inches; Courtesy of Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University

Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations

Wildwood Park for the Arts’ Art in the Park exhibition program welcomes Young at Art:  A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations to The Galleries at Wildwood. The exhibit features original art from such books as Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express and Jumanji, Leonard Weisgard’s Mother Hen, Elizabeth O. Jones’ Prayer for a Child, Maurice Sendak’s Memoirs of a Mouse, Arnold Lobel’s Frog & Toad All Year, and Paul Goble’s The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Wildwood is the exhibit’s first stop on a twelve-state tour. Curated by Danny Bills, curator of collections and exhibitions at Wichita Falls Museum of Art, and organized by Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Young at Art is part of ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

To see more, click here.

May 15 – June 17, 2018

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12  – 4 pm

Free Admission

The Galleries at Wildwood

Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre Complex

20919 Denny Road, Little Rock, AR

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Auditions for the 2018 Touring Production of The Three Little Pigs

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Art to Go!, Wildwood Park for the Arts’ statewide educational touring company, is at it again – this time to bring The Three Little Pigs to student audiences across Arkansas in May 2018.

Art to Go! provides opportunities for children to experience live, professional theatre while learning valuable life lessons.  The production, directed by Bevan Keating, Wildwood Park’s Artistic Director, ignites the imagination while celebrating the virtues of reading and literature.

In an operatic version of the children’s tale of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart, brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, while their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on “huff-proof, puff-proof” home construction.  After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, the brothers run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all.

Auditions will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018, for young adult performers.  Performers should prepare one Mozart aria or an aria of similar style and one brief children’s theatre monologue.  Applicants must schedule an audition time.

Applicants for Technical Staff must submit resumes prior to January 20, 2018.  Applicants must schedule an interview time.

Contact Educational Programs Coordinator, Ashley Nipp, at 501.821.7275 ext. 259 or education@wildwoodpark.org.

Rehearsals begin the week of April 24, 2018 at Wildwood Park.  Performances will take place between May 6, and May 18, 2018 at schools, libraries, and education centers across Arkansas.

See the Art to Go Audition Announcement for more details.

The Fourth Wall Stretches Boundaries

To complete the WAMA Summer Music Festival 2017, the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts welcomes The Fourth Wall Ensemble.

This award-winning hybrid arts group turned the fruits of their conservatory studies at Interlochen, Oberlin, Eastman, and Peabody into hysterical, high-energy performances. From Alaska to Arkansas, and points beyond and in between, the fresh-as-ever Fourth Wall stretches the boundaries of instrumental performance to make music that leaps off the stage – literally.

In a virtual fruit salad of sophisticated fun, The Fourth Wall Ensemble mixes together music, theatre and dance in 75 whirlwind minutes. As they say, “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

You can’t miss a trio reviewers have called magical, mesmerizing and masterful in both movement and musicianship. Huh-uh. You gotta get tickets – right here, right now, before the banana splits.

“Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn’t take itself seriously at all.”

 
Thursday, July 13
7:30 pm
Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre

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This concert is brought to you in part by Nancy & Warren Boop.
All proceeds support WAMA scholarships.
(Arrive early for a stroll through the Park to enjoy Swan Lake, the Butler Arboretum, and the Nabucco Waterfall in the Asian Woodland Garden.)
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Arkansas’ Premier FEASTival

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Wildwood Park for the Arts’ 19th Annual Wine & Food FEASTival Supports Arts Education

Feed your soul with stimulating libations and artful edibles created by some of central Arkansas’ finest chefs and restaurants when Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts its 19th Annual Wine & Food FEASTival from 6:30 – 9 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017. The event is held throughout the Park’s Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre complex at 20919 Denny Road in west Little Rock. Chaired by Vivian & David Norman, FEASTival supports the Park’s programs, including the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts (WAMA).

With support from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, more than 100 wines and several spirits will be available for tasting and pairing with a feast of portions from local restaurateurs. Diamond Bear Brewing and Stone’s Throw Brewing will join the party for sampling beers crafted in central Arkansas.

Participating restaurants include:  Bistro in Bryant, Blue Cake Company, Bonefish Grill, Boulevard Bread Company, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Capital Hotel, Chenal Country Club, Cocoa Belle Chocolates, Lulu’s Latin Rotisserie & Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, SO Restaurant & Bar, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, and Trio’s Restaurant.

Dizzy 7 will perform live dance music throughout the evening, and Arkansas Circus Arts will provide additional entertainment. A cork pull, raffle, and silent auction will round out the evening’s activities.

Parking is available inside the gates at Wildwood Park, and Mercedes-Benz of Little Rock will provide express service from Denny Road parking to the doors of Cabe Festival Theatre.

Tickets are $65 per person until 11:59 pm on Monday, April 17, tickets are $75 at midnight April 18th – April 21st. Tickets and more information are available at www.wildwoodpark.org and through Wildwood’s box office (20919 Denny Road, Little Rock) on weekdays through the evening of the FEASTival. To purchase by phone, contact Wildwood Park for the Arts at (501) 821-7275.

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Let’s Grow the Love on April 6, 2017

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Click Here to Donate April 6, 2017 8 AM – 8 PM

Between 8 AM and 8 PM on Thursday, April 6, you can change Wildwood Park for the Arts and Arkansas for the better.

 

Support Wildwood Park for the Arts through ArkansasGives, a 12-hour statewide online giving event sponsored by Arkansas Community Foundation. It’s easy:

We’ll make it even easier for you! With your permission, Wildwood will give you a courtesy call or email a personal reminder to you on April 6th. Simply contact Mary Bea Gross, Wildwood’s development officer, at marybea@wildwoodpark.org.

Any donation made through ArkansasGives.org makes a tremendous impact and helps Wildwood earn BONUS DOLLARS through a matching pool of funds from Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF). The more Wildwood raises, the more bonus dollars the Park will receive.
Plus, your impact will be DOUBLED during this 12-hour giving period thanks to a generous matching gift from the Wildwood Board of Directors. Your gifts, up to $10,000, will be matched dollar-for-dollar on this special day of giving if you choose to give to Wildwood Park.
All donations to Wildwood through ArkansasGives.com from 8 am – 8 pm on Thursday, April 6, are eligible for the ARCF and Wildwood Board matching funds.
When you give on ArkansasGives Day, you join a statewide celebration of giving and help Wildwood raise even more dollars to support the Park’s mission. With your help, Wildwood enriches the lives of Arkansans of all ages by creating community through nature and the arts.
Thank you for your support!

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2017 Registration Open for Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts

Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts (WAMA) is a summer music festival and arts camp designed for students ages 6–18 who are interested in studying music. The academy’s mission is to provide music and arts education of the highest quality to students of all music abilities and backgrounds. Supported in a creative and musically nurturing environment, WAMA students learn and perform alongside professional faculty and guest artists from across the country.

WAMA offers six sessions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced music students:

Advanced Orchestra: June 11-23, 2017 (weekdays only, with the exception of the assessment day on Sunday, June 11)
Advanced Vocal Instruction: June 11-23, 2017 (weekdays only, with the exception of the assessment day on Sunday, June 11)

Intermediate Instrumental Instruction: June 26– July 7, 2017 (weekdays only)
Intermediate Vocal Instruction: June 26 – July 7, 2017 (weekdays only)

WILDMusic Beginner Instrumental Instruction: July 10 – July 14, 2017
WILDMusic Beginner Vocal Instruction: July 17 – July 21, 2017

For more information about WAMA and each session, click here or contact Angela Collier, Curriculum Manager.

The deadline to register is April 30, 2017; click here to register online.

Scholarships are available; contact Angela Collier or call (501)821-7275 prior to March 31, 2017.