ASC Family FunDay to feature experiments in nanotechnology

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas will host its free, monthly second Saturday Family FunDay from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 13.

To coincide with the new “Nanotechnology: What’s the Big Deal?” exhibition from the Arkansas Discovery Network, ASC Education Coordinator Alexandra Pearson will lead three experiments demonstrating specialized applications of nanotechnology. Experiments will explore how sand can be coated with nanoparticles to clean oil spills, how gummy bears are made, and how DNA forms. Visitors are also invited to the Tinkering Studio to make this month’s hands-on activity. All activities are free.

ASC’s second Saturday Family FunDay program provides monthly hands-on arts and science activities. Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are led by visiting artists, local art educators and ASC staff. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Second Saturday Family FunDay programming is made possible in part by a grant from the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc.

On view at the Arts & Science Center are the temporary art exhibitions, “SUB|URBAN: Work by Dennis and Jason McCann” which opens Sept. 11, “A Deep Sense of Place: The Arkansas Delta,” the 2014 “Pine Bluff Art League Juried Exhibition”, and the temporary science exhibition from the Arkansas Discovery Network, “Nanotechnology: What’s the Big Deal?”.

The ASC, located at 701 S. Main St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., and closed on Sunday and Monday. Gallery admission is free.

Support for the center is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibitions are offered through ASC’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. For more information, call 870-536-3375 or email For invitations and information visit and sign up for the free email list.