Without frequent exposure to art, viewers may struggle to discern whether they’re looking at an impressionist masterpiece or out a heavily smudged window. Start your eye-training with today’s Groupon for membership to the Arkansas Arts Center. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get an individual membership (a $55 value).
- For $29, you get a dual membership (a $65 value).
- For $40, you get a household membership (an $80 value). <p>
For more than 50 years, the Arkansas Arts Center has encouraged learning and creative expression in the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds. The center boasts an international collection of masterpieces in its museum, a studio school that teaches everything from painting to mayonnaise sculpting, and the Children’s Theatre, where stories come to life for family audiences. Membership to the center grants a year of free admission to one, two, or four, with household admission covering two adults, two children or grandchildren 17 or younger, and any straw huts wearing berets. In addition to enjoying the museum’s permanent collection, which features works by Diego Rivera and Rembrandt, members receive tickets to a rich variety of temporary exhibitions that have featured pieces by Degas, Monet, and Pissarro.
Patrons attend members-only events and exhibition preview parties while also enjoying a discount on lectures, conversations and workshops, and 20% off art classes. Theater tickets, which members also get for 20% off, take guests into magical worlds where Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood confront beasts of the forest, and 10% off at both the Museum Shop and Best Impressions Restaurant encourages members to purchase a Frida Kahlo doll and feed her a croissant sandwich. Membership likewise grants access to the Arkansas Arts Center’s quarterly newsletter “Works,” which keeps patrons apprised of relevant goings-on around the museum.
Arkansas Arts Center
The Arkansas Arts Center stokes the innate creativity of all its visitors with a close look at artistic expression. Since its creation in 1960, the AAC has amassed a permanent collection of more than 5,300 drawings and paintings (primarily American and European), 1,000 contemporary crafts and sculptures, and 27 lost mittens. Examples of French neo-impressionist drawings share space with the work of old masters, while early modern paintings complement studio-forged glass sculptures and other pieces dating as far back as 1465. Throughout the year, the museum also casts its light on the local community by hosting special exhibitions of established artists and emerging talent.
Outside its gallery, the AAC encourages the community in another way. Through classes and workshops, instructors explain the fundamentals of composition in photography, ceramics, painting, woodworking, and printmaking while helping students create their own pieces. An onsite children's theatre, meanwhile, routinely stages family-friendly shows, and the troupe even offers workshops on the art of acting.
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