What was the Ozarks Arts Center is gone: the building at 214 S. Main St. in Springdale is now used by another entity, CACHE, the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange; costumes and sets collected for more than half a century are stored; and most of the familiar staff has been replaced with new faces.
What Arts One presents will be promises to “honor the legacy of the ACO and all who continue to participate in and support our local creative community,” said Anne Jackson, Executive Director of the newly renamed association. An announcement on September 30 at Turnbow Park in downtown Springdale revealed the new logo for the former Ozarks Arts Center and its intention to focus on “diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility ”in the visual arts and theater.
“Arts One Presents reflects the fact that as a community we are one and we believe the arts are for everyone,” Jackson said. “The name Arts One Presents expresses our mission, vision and values in a way that allows us to enable greater reach, accessibility and sustainability in the future. “
Jackson, who has a journalism degree specializing in advertising and public relations from the University of Arkansas, has worked with nonprofits in Northwest Arkansas for the past 17 years, particularly through programs, events and community partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters; as director of development for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas; and in advancement and donor relations with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, “to build departments and programs and learn about art from some of the art world’s most incredible figures. today, ”she said.
“Since 2018, I have had the opportunity to work in the management and operation of large-scale events for the Atlantic Festival in Washington, DC and the Bentonville Film Festival,” Jackson continues. “During the pandemic, I turned more to consulting with some of the wonderful nonprofits in our region, working with boards of directors on strategic planning, operations and development. Earlier this year, I worked with the Board of Directors of the Ozarks Arts Center to help reinvent the organization, its mission and its programs. Having done theater in my childhood and in high school, I loved being able to reflect on the impact of community theater on me and how it can embody the collaboration between all performing and visual arts.
“On the visual arts side of the program, we will work with artists, representative of the diverse communities of Northwest Arkansas, to create artistic experiences that will help uplift local artists, create economic opportunities for local businesses. with artist collaborations and to unify communities through artistic experiences, ”says Jackson. “We make very intentional decisions based on our organizational values. “
Jackson says site-specific installations will be at the heart of Arts One Presents’ visual arts programming, adding that upcoming installation projects, including work by Jeffry Cantu, Gina Gallina, Jonathan Perrodin and others , will be announced soon. “For supporting programs and exhibitions, we can issue calls for artists to submit, as we did for the next exhibition, ‘Dia de los Muertos: An Interpretation of the Times’, which will open on 6 November at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark. History, ”she adds.
But Jackson promises equal attention to ACO’s legacy of the performing arts, and the new organization has planned a three-production slate for its 2021-22 season.
“For our winter musical, which will open in mid-February, we are delighted to bring ‘Natasha, Peter and the Great Comet of 1812’,” she reveals. “Our spring play will be ‘Teen Dad,’ written by Adrienne Dawes, who is in her second year of graduate school in the Department of Theater at the University of Arkansas. She’s a rock star! And our summer musical, which will take place around July / August, is “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. We are currently meeting people to offer positions such as director, music director, technical director, etc. Auditions will be held later this fall for “Natasha”.
“As we are no longer in our old space at 214 S. Main, we have the opportunity to perform in theaters and non-traditional spaces throughout Northwest Arkansas,” says Jackson. “As our programs develop, I hope we will be able to do more types of performing arts and collaborations that could also be identified as ‘guerrilla theater’ and experimental theater. Community is now our stage, and I invite our creative team to take on the challenge of thinking outside of what is considered traditional.
“Arts One Presents will be hosting workshops this fall that will engage our community on the ground floor of the community theater,” adds Jackson. “We are looking at barriers to accessing community theater and we are working on outreach programs and activities to remove these barriers and create better access for those who wish to participate on and off the stage.
“With this new identity, our goal is that art is for everyone and brings communities together; art starts conversations and opens up new perspectives, ”concludes Jackson. “Our hashtag #WeAreOne was born from this concept.”
Arts One Presents can be found physically in offices shared with the Downtown Springdale Alliance.
“We like to say that we have offices at 224 W. Huntsville, but we have satellite offices all over the Shiloh Square area,” Jackson said. “You can often find us in Trailside, have coffee and meet artists and community partners.
“We are constantly meeting new people interested in the arts and are thrilled to be part of a growing artistic workforce in Northwest Arkansas.”
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“Natasha, Peter and the Great Comet of 1812” – By award-winning composer Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Peter and the Great Comet of 1812” is an electropop opera based on a slice from “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy. Begun at Ars Nova in New York in October 2012, it tells the story of the young and impulsive Natasha Rostova, who arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the rascal Anatole, it’s up to Pierre, a family friend in the midst of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of his shattered reputation.
“Teen Dad” – Written by Adrienne Dawes, a graduate student in the University of Arkansas drama department, “Teen Dad,” according to Dawes website, “subverts popular regional theater” beach kitchen-sink dramatic house “to share a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a black and Latin mixed race family.” In the play, Abby, a precocious emo-goth teenager, orchestrates a surprise reunion for her mother Tanya and her biological father Tom, with the help of his mother John’s fiancé / healer.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” – Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and songs from the 1996 Disney animated feature, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, according to Musical Theater International, features the Oscar-nominated score of the film for tell the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen bell ringer. The original musical premiered in 1999 in Berlin.