Walton Arts Center is proud to announce the spring tour of Digging Up Arkansas, an original play based on Arkansas history that will travel to all of Arkansas’ counties by 2017. The spring tour will have over 45 performances and reach nearly 5,000 3rd-5th grade students in Northwest Arkansas and all over the state. The tour kicks off at the Clinton Library on Monday, April 27, 2015. Digging Up Arkansas is presented by Walton Arts Center, written by Mike Thomas and performed by Trike Theatre.

Digging Up Arkansas is a play about Arkansas history that helps make facts relevant and inspire students to care about history. The play takes place in a WPA tent that encircles the audience making the students part of the story, which is about three writers from the Federal Writer’s Project who invite students (3rd-5th graders) to explore and organize historical artifacts before President Roosevelt’s scheduled arrival in Arkansas. The writers unearth Arkansas mysteries and demonstrate how communication, cooperation, courage and culture have shaped history.

Digging Up Arkansas is delivered on the school’s campus and is offered free of charge. Many of the teachers whose students saw the show reported that, as a result, their students learned in new ways, they cared more about the history of the state, and had a better understanding of facts and concepts relating to Arkansas history.

Laura Goodwin, Vice President of Learning & Engagement at Walton Arts Center said, “Walton Arts Center works to provide every child access to live performance. Digging Up Arkansas is an exciting part of that effort with expanded outreach in the state. Teachers tell us how effective the play is in engaging students in history. To know we’re reaching kids—and for many, Digging Up Arkansas is their first live performance experience—and teaching them to value and remember Arkansas’ history, that’s Walton Arts Center’s mission in action.”

The goal of taking Digging Up Arkansas across the state is two-fold; to provide students with key Arkansas history information as well as bring an interactive component to learning by providing a different way of retaining information, accessing students who benefit from visual, auditory & kinetic learning styles. Digging Up Arkansas meets the Arkansas state history curriculum standards, and state benchmark exams test over content covered in the play.

*Digging Up Arkansas Tour Schedule:

Monday, April 22– Friday, April 24 at 9:30 am & 11:30 am Walton Arts Center
Monday, April 27 at 9:30 am & 11 am Little Rock Clinton Library
Tuesday, April 28 at noon & 1:30 pm Little Rock/Sheridan East End Intermediate
Wednesday, April 29 at 9 am, & 10:30 am Greenbrier Westside Elementary
Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 am & 10 am Batesville Southside Middle School
Friday, May 1 at 8:30 am & 10 am Newport Newport Elementary
Monday, May 4 at 8:30 am & 10 am McGehee McGehee Elementary
Tuesday, May 5 at 8:30 am & 10 am Star City Jimmy Brown Elementary
Wednesday, May 6 at 8:30 am & 10 am Fordyce Fordyce Elementary
Thursday, May 7 at 8:30 am & 10 am Hampton Hampton Elementary
Friday, May 8 at 8:30 am & 10 am El Dorado Yocum Elementary
Monday, May 11 at 8:30 am Lewisville Lafayette County Elementary
Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30 & 10 am Prescott Prescott Elementary
Wednesday, May 13 at 1pm Poyen Poyen Elementary
Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 am & 10 am Malvern Malvern Elementary
Friday, May 15 at 8:30 am Danville SC Tucker Elementary
Monday, May 18 at 8:30 am & 10 am Branch County Line Elementary
Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 am & 10 am Paris Paris Elementary
Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30 am & 10 am Perryville Perryville Elementary
Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 am & 10 am Norman Caddo Hills Elementary
Friday, May 22 TBD Waldron Waldron Elementary

For a more complete schedule and updates, visit www.waltonartscenter.org, or contact Sallie Zazal,
School Engagement Coordinator, at szazal@waltonartscenter.org

Digging Up Arkansas is made possible by the generous support of foundations, corporate sponsors and benefactors. Foundation support is from Arkansas Community Foundation, Murphy Foundation, and Walmart Foundation.