UCA receives grant to preserve history of Japanese Americans

The University of Central Arkansas was recently awarded a $75,908 grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program and the National Park Service. UCA was one of 20 institutions across the nation awarded funding from the federal program. The goal of the program is to teach present and future generations about the history of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were relocated from their … [Read more...]

Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas summer productions

UCA Theatre’s Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas (YTCA) has been in full gear with their Summer Intensive Program for young people ages 10-18. This training culminates in a rehearsed performances open to the public on Friday, June 26 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, June 27, at 2:00 PM in the Bridges/Larson Theatre. This year, the Junior Academy, ages 10-13, will be performing “The Ice Wolf” by Joanna Hal … [Read more...]

‘Fiddler’ sells out opening night


Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s sold out for the opening night of Fiddler on the Roof in Reynolds Performance Hall on Wednesday, June 10. Fiddler is being performed on the Reynolds stage in the intimate “in-the-round” configuration, allowing the audience to be as close to the action as possible. “We've set the production in the round with audience on all four sides of the action to include the … [Read more...]

CFAC receives MAP Fund grant to support opera

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas’s College of Fine Arts and Communication has been granted $32,400 from the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund in support of commissioning the Little Rock Nine opera. The MAP Fund is primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The MAP Fund granted funds to 37 recipients out of 839 … [Read more...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 9th season to run June 4-28

PRESS RELEASE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION May 22, 2015 CONTACT: Christina Madsen, (501) 852-2659 or christinam@uca.edu Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, (501) 428-4165; mrmarotte@arkshakes.com ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE’S 9TH SEASON TO RUN JUNE 4-28 AT MULTIPLE VENUES CONWAY — Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s ninth season of Shakespearean plays and other works … [Read more...]

UCA receives $400,000 grant from ANCRC

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas’ Division of Institutional Advancement announces a $400,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) for phase two of the renovation and restoration of McCastlain Hall on the campus. This new grant will be used to create a new, more accessible, grand hallway between McCastlain’s East Commons and the Baum Gallery. Dr. Gayle S … [Read more...]

Voices of Central Arkansas Choir Auditions

Students in grades 3-12 as of Fall 2015 are invited to audition for the award-winning Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) Choir on Thursday, May 14 and May 21, from 3:30 – 5:30pm, according to Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham, director of VOCA.  VOCA is the umbrella organization for several vocal ensembles: Choristers, Concert Choir, and Youth Choir.  The intent of the choir is to promote musical literacy a … [Read more...]

Main Stage EdUCAtion series announced


The University of Central Arkansas will begin a new performing arts series for K-12 students in Central Arkansas. The Main Stage EdUCAtion Series will start during the 2015-2016 academic year and reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Performances include “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas!”, “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks” and “Doktor Kaboom in LIVE WIRE: The Electric … [Read more...]

Honors grad dives into the “Shark Tank”


A 2005 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas will appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” at 7 p.m. tonight, April 24. Brittany (Jones) Hodak and her business partner, Kim Kaupe, will pitch their company, ZinePak, on the show. “For months, my business partner and I couldn't tell anyone we even filmed an episode, because there was no guarantee it would air,” Hodak said. “Now, even though we know i … [Read more...]

Professor debuting new gar book, sets signing at Hastings


PRESS RELEASE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION Contact: Christina Madsen, (501) 852-2659; christinam@uca.edu Ashley Orsak (501) 329-1108 April 22, 2015 PROFESSOR AT UCA DEBUTING NEW GAR BOOK, SETS SIGNING AT HASTINGS UCA Department of Writing CONWAY ― Fish-writer and University of Central Arkansas writing professor Mark Spitzer is driving around Ar … [Read more...]