Interns help arts center with outreach efforts

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is in the midst of a grant-funded outreach to the 21st Century Grant recipients — The Boys and Girls Club located at First United Methodist Church, Belair Middle School, and Oak Park Elementary School.

This program, which is made possible in part by a grant from the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate office of the Arkansas Community Foundation Inc. delivers a series of lessons called “Arts & Science: Lifeline, not Luxury” to students from the third to eighth grades.

In order to fulfill delivering 24 individual lessons at the three locations, the education coordinator, Alexandra Pearson, hired three interns — Jasmine Williams, Dominique Davis and Leslie Romine.

Williams is a student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, who will graduate in May with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. Davis is a UAPB student majoring in computer science and minoring in theater. Romine is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor of arts degree in studio art.

The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation grant also supports the Arts & Science Center’s Second Saturday Family FunDay events. Each month, a free activity combining art and science takes place in the ASC galleries or studio. The interns all work at Family FunDay either assisting in the special activity or working in the Tinkering Studio and Science Gallery. On March 8, Chain Reactions were built in Kennedy Gallery. Williams assisted with the Chain Reaction, while Davis and Romine facilitated the Tinkering and Science exhibits. The Chain Reaction activity will remain in Kennedy Gallery through the end of March.

Family FunDay will again occur on April 12 at 1 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibit, Linda Williams Palmer’s “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey”. Pearson, with the help of Williams, Davis and Romine, will teach a colored pencil drawing lesson while participants draw the trees outside the Arts & Science Center. As well as the outdoor activity, AETN’s documentary Champion Trees will be shown inside the building.

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. For more information, call 870-536-3375 or email