- Digging Up Arkansas
- Bear State Of Mind
- Down The Dirt Road Blues
- Teacher resources
- Digging Up Arkansas Facebook page
Educational, Engaging, Enlightening! These three adjectives describe Digging Up Arkansas! to a "T". Old High Middle School students and teachers didn't even realize they were learning as four professional actors took them on a journey around the state and masterfully taught the history of Arkansas. This is a must-see presentation of the highest caliber.
Mary Cabrera, Old High Middle School, Bentonville
People at the Arkansas Post shared their ideas and stories. Their cooperation was how they worked together. People in Arkansas had a sense of humor.
5th grade student, Mrs. Norton’s Class at The New School
Many generous grantors and underwriters who have contributed to Walton Arts Center’s Arkansas History through the Arts project. We are incredibly grateful to the following for their support and interest in providing outstanding arts education opportunities to the students of Arkansas.
- JB Hunt Transportation Services
- Arkansas Arts Council
- Walmart Foundation
- Windgate Charitable Foundation
- Walton Family Foundation
The arts help students deeply respect, understand and remember the history of our state - Walton Arts Center’s Arkansas History through the Arts (AHA) program enriches the school experience across the state of Arkansas and supports real learning outcomes. More than 42,000 Arkansas students have experienced the arts through AHA so far and that number is growing.
The AHA project offers four stage productions that spark students’ interest in the history of our state, each with distinct curriculum goals and audiences. Students learn to love Arkansas history when they see Digging Up Arkansas, Bear State of Mind, Down the Dirt Road Blues and An Ozark Journey. Teachers appreciate Walton Arts Center’s AHA performances for the way they engage students and make learning fun.
Digging Up Arkansas
The history play Digging Up Arkansas, written by Mike Thomas, directed by Kassie Misiewicz, performed by Trike Theater and presented throughout the state by Walton Arts Center has served more than 30,000 third through fifth graders since 2009. By 2016 Walton Arts Center will tour the performance into every county in Arkansas.
Bear State Of Mind
Bear State of Mind is an experiential theatrical experience for kindergarten through second grade students. Developed in partnership with WAC’s resident company Trike Theatre, the play introduces young students to Arkansas geography, state symbols and folklore.
Down The Dirt Road Blues
Down the Dirt Road Blues follows the history of American music from the blues to rock and roll. Students in Middle School through High School learn about many Arkansas connections to this history from Blues artist Spencer Bohren.
An Ozark Journey
An Ozark Journey shares the stories of hill people through the music of local favorites, the duo Still on the Hill. Students hear biographical songs about these extraordinary but uncelebrated crafts people while seeing and hearing their handmade banjos, fiddles, mandolins and guitars.