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The Art Department Presents John Harlan Norris | Aug. 8

The fourth installment of The Art Department, a quarterly young professionals series and project of the Thea Foundation, will feature the works of painter John Harlan Norris and debut with a reception Friday,...

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Thea Paves the Way | Sept. 13, 2014

The Thea Foundation’s ninth annual sidewalk chalk event, Thea Paves the Way, will be held Saturday, September 13, on the front lawn of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, where students and families...

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Donate to Thea While You Shop at Amazon

There’s a new way to easily donate to the Thea Foundation. When you purchase Amazon products through Amazon Smile and select the Thea Foundation as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the...

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Ice Cream Happy Hour Benefiting the Thea Foundation

From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, Loblolly Creamery, located inside The Green Corner Store at 1423 Main Street, will host a happy hour featuring handcrafted sodas, ice cream and boozy floats, liquor...

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A Film for the Thea Foundation

The Thea Foundation is delighted to debut a short film created by Samuel Pettit, a very talented film student and friend of the foundation. This beautiful film embodies our spirit and mission. It...

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2014 Film Scholarship Competition Winners

In conjunction with AETN, who provided the judging, and Little Rock Film Festival, where the winning films will be screened, the Thea Foundation is excited to announce the winners of its 2014 Film...

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2014 Governor’s Culinary Challenge

Monday, April 28, marked the 2nd annual Governor’s Culinary Challenge and the first year since the Thea Foundation adopted the event from the Arkansas Culinary Federation. Nearly 150 people gathered at the posh...

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2014 Fashion Design Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is thrilled to announce the winners of its inaugural Fashion Design Scholarship Competition. Fashion design represents the sixth category of scholarships awarded to high school seniors in Arkansas. Each applicant...

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2014 Slam Poetry Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual Poetry Slam Scholarship Competition for high school seniors, which took place at the Thea Center on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Left...

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Porter Fund Supports Creative Writing Scholarship, To be Acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

In the midst of its thirteenth annual scholarship season, the Thea Foundation is pleased and grateful to announce that the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, has established a...

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Arkansas Senator supports Arkansas A+ Schools

Legislator Linda Chesterfield, retired educator who represents District 34 in the Arkansas Senate, recently stopped by the Thea Foundation to personally deliver a check for $9,000 to be appropriated toward the Arkansas A+...

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2014 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 4th annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition, which drew a total of 73 submissions and were finalized by a panel of qualified judges...

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Arkansas A+ Schools announces new Executive Director

The Thea Foundation and Arkansas A+ Schools are pleased to announce that Melanie Landrum has joined our staff as the Executive Director of the Arkansas A+ Schools program.  Landrum has served as the...

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2014 visual arts scholarship winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Thea Foundation Visual Arts Scholarship Competition Top 10 and Honorable Mentions: 1. Chance Wallace  -  Cabot High School 2. Mary Muit  -  Batesville High...

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2014 Performing Arts Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Thea Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Competition Top 10 and Honorable Mentions: 1. Akiko Kyong-McClain  -  Little Rock, AR  -  Dance Selection 2. Elijah Ash...

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The Art Department presents Emily Wood on Feb 7

The second installment of The Art Department, a quarterly young professionals series and project of the Thea Foundation, will feature the works of painter Emily Wood in “Specifically Universal” and debut with a...

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Caterpillar / Thea’s Art Closet donates $19,500 in art supplies to NLRSD

As the 2014 spring semester approaches for the North Little Rock School District, Thea’s Art Closet, a program of the Thea Foundation, with the help of the Caterpillar Foundation has been making big...

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#GivingTuesday, End-of-year Giving & Frueauff Challenge Grant

Missed #GivingTuesday?  No such thing!  We still have plenty of opportunities for you to plug in to our end-of-year giving campaign.  Won’t you help us ensure a bright future for the creative leaders...

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Thea now a Cares4Kids affiliate

We’re humbled to have been selected as a member of the Cares for Kids program through Constant Contact, who affords any customer to nominate a nonprofit organization that works with kids to receive...

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ACH Patient/Artist-in-Residence Show & Sale

Join the Thea Foundation as Arkansas Children’s Hospital presents works of art by its patients and artists-in-residence from December 16 to 20, culminating with an art sale of works by ACH patients on...

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Philander Smith makes 26th Education Partner

The Thea Foundation is happy to announce that Philander Smith College of Little Rock, Ark., is the foundation’s 26th Education Partner in support of its scholarship program.   Since 2002, the Thea Foundation has...

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The Art Department features Dustyn Bork & Carly Dahl ⎜ Nov 7

      This November, the Thea Foundation will launch the first of a quarterly series of art exhibitions, called “The Art Department,” to be accompanied by opening receptions targeting the young professional...

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Leopoulos receives 2 HSU alumni awards

Henderson State University celebrated its Founder’s Day on Thursday, October, 2013, by inducting Thea Foundation Executive Director Paul Leopoulos, along with two other Henderson graduates, into the Henderson Academy of Scholars during an...

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Drawing a Line: 30 Years of Cartoons & Illustrations by John Deering ⎜ Oct 4 – 18

A lifelong Arkansan, Deering studied fine art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and became employed by the Arkansas Democrat (now the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) in 1981.  Working in paste-up, but soon...

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Thea, Molina Foundations donate books to NLRSD

On Monday, September 9, the Thea Foundation attended a North Little Rock School District elementary principals’ meeting at the district’s central office to present sixty copies, five per elementary school, of art book,...

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An Introduction to Arkansas A+ Schools

Educators, representatives, parents, anyone is invited to attend this session: An Introduction to Arkansas A+ Schools.  On October 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm the Thea Foundation will host this free informative session about how...

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Dance Workshop ⎜ Oct 12

The Thea Foundation and Arkansas Dance Network are partnering to bring Broadway stars Bill Hastings and Kathy Calahan to Arkansas on October 12, at the UALR dance studios. The dance workshop attendees will...

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Thea Paves the Way ⎜ Sept 14

To kickstart the 2013-2014 school year, the Thea Foundation’s eighth annual sidewalk chalk event Thea Paves the Way will be held Saturday, September 14, on, as tradition dictates, the front lawn of the...

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Summer/Fall Newsletter is Out

Download the latest newsletter from the Thea Foundation, and find out what we’ve been up to lately! Summer/Fall Newsletter

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Origami by Akeen McDaniel, paintings by Eric Forstmann on tap for Argenta ArtWalk 8/16

Eleven years’ worth of community outreach and arts philanthropy in its wake, the Thea Foundation has enjoyed the pleasure of meeting countless young and budding artists across the state of Arkansas. Akeen McDaniel,...

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ACF presents check for proceeds from Governor’s Culinary Challenge

The verdict is finally in, and the Thea Foundation is grateful to announce a donation of $6,637.77 from the American Culinary Federation (ACF), sponsor of the first annual Governor’s Culinary Challenge which took...

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Flower Workshop with Tanarah Haynie ⎜ Aug 15

Registration now open for our annual Flower Workshop with renowned floral designer, Tanarah Haynie of Tanarah Luxe Floral in Little Rock.  Tanarah will share some of her knowledge of floral artistry with the...

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Eric Forstmann Show & Reception feat. the Funk a Nites ⎜ Aug 8

Eric Forstmann is a photorealist painter who hails to us from New York, where he is exclusively represented by Eckert Fine Art.  He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts...

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Summit Bank & Thea’s Art Closet benefit Brady Elementary

The Thea Foundation and Summit Bank announce that Brady Elementary School of the Little Rock School District is receiving a donation of art supplies through these two partners’ mutual gift.  Summit Bank’s donation...

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2013 Film Scholarship winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Film Scholarship Competition, sponsored in part by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).  Thea’s Film Scholarships are offered in conjunction with...

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Thea’s Art Class ⎜ Register Now

This summer, the Thea Foundation is offering the third installment of Thea’s Art Class, a summer art camp designed to utilize arts-infused education. Each day, students will travel to a different historical time period...

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UAMS purchases TAF featured painting

Thea Foundation and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) are pleased to announce that UAMS has purchased a painting titled Art Fair by Matt McLeod, the featured artist at the Thea...

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Thea/ASO announce partnership, Stringed Instrument Drive

May 7, 2013 – The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), in partnership with the Thea Foundation, launched its Stringed Instrument Drive today.   The goal is to collect gently-used instruments and garner support for ASO’s...

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Keep Arkansas Beautiful Poster Competition Winners ⎜ May 13 – 17

Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB)’s Poster Competition is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup to involve statewide elementary school students in the Cleanup effort, and to educate the public about the importance...

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The Argenta Project ⎜ May 1 – 17

Stop by the Thea Center and visit an exhibition of twenty-five pen and ink drawings of Argenta-specific structures by Little Rock artist Mary Ann Stafford.  Stafford’s meticulous renderings bring to life the colorful...

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NLRHS Senior Show ⎜ April 22 – 25

The North Little Rock High School Art Show and Sale will be on display in the Thea Center from April 19 to 26.  An opening reception and sale will take place on Monday,...

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House Bill 1689 passes in Congress, waiting on funding

One last push, Thea supporters!  Although HB1689 has been passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and even recommended by Governor Beebe, it still needs funding approved to be a reality....

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Thea hires new Administrative Coordinator

We are so happy to welcome Emily Mitchell, our new Administrative Coordinator, into the Thea family. Having just received an MA in arts administration from SCAD, Emily hails to us from Georgia.  With...

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Thea Arts Festival ⎜ 4/27

Artists from across Arkansas will display and sell their works from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, April 27, along Main Street in the Argenta Arts District of downtown North Little Rock at the...

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Crestwood Elementary receives Art Closet grant

The Thea Foundation is happy to announce that Crestwood Elementary School of the North Little Rock School District recently received a donation of art supplies through a donation from the Crestwood Elementary PTA...

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Parkview Senior Art Show ⎜ April 8 – 17

The annual Parkview High School Senior Art Show will be on display at Thea from April 8 to 17 during regular gallery hours, culminating with a public reception on Tuesday, April 18, 6:00...

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AAE Student Art Show thru 4/5/13

Art students from schools across central Arkansas submitted over 200 works of art for the 2013 Arkansas Art Educators (AAE) Central Region K-12 Student Art Show, now on exhibition in the Thea Gallery...

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2013 Thea Scholarship Awards Ceremony – 3/24/13

Performing Arts first place winner Micaleigh Coleman of Alma High School performed Sunday, March 24, during the Thea Scholarships Awards Ceremony held at the Thea Center. The foundation awarded 24 scholarships totaling $60,000...

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JFK: 50 Years Later

“JFK:  50 Years Later” will be on display throughout the Argenta Arts District March 25 – 30.  The exhibition, presented by Rogers Photo Archives and Argenta Images, includes photos that have never or...

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2013 Poetry Slam Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2nd annual Poetry Slam Scholarship Competition for high school seniors, which took place at the Thea Center on Saturday, February 23, 2013. ...

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2013 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 3rd annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition for high school seniors, which were finalized by a panel of qualified judges at the Thea...

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Parkview/Hall High Schools Ceramic Bowls for Arkansas Foodbank

Some great-looking ceramic bowls by the students of Parkview and Hall High Schools are on display in the Thea Center through the Argenta ArtWalk this Friday, February 15. This ceramic bowls project is...

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Arkansas A+ Schools Network – Open for Registration

We are pleased to invite schools from across Arkansas to apply to be a part of our A+ network! Arkansas A+ Schools is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and...

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2013 Performing Arts Scholarship Winners

We would like to congratulate all of our 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition participants that auditioned on Saturday, February 2, 2013.  120 seniors representing 56 Arkansas schools competed for a combined total of...

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2013 Visual Arts Competition Winners

We would like to congratulate the winners of our 2013 Visual Arts Scholarship Competition for high school seniors, and Visual Arts Competition for high school juniors, which were both finalized by a panel...

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