Arts in the Metro
Metro Little Rock is a vibrant hub for the arts in Arkansas with many opportunities for local artists and audiences. The area’s arts scene is diverse and offers world-class entertainment through live music, theater, art galleries, museums and more.
1. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts
The new museum in Little Rock, formerly known as the Arkansas Arts Center, will open to the public in Fall 2022. Dating back more than 100 years, the building has long served as a place for appreciation of the arts. The 133,000 square foot renovation features larger education spaces, galleries, studios and an indoor/outdoor restaurant.
2. Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Founded in 1976, downtown's Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the longest-running nonprofit, resident theater in Arkansas. The Rep will put on three mainstage shows in 2022, including “Into the Woods.”
3. Celebrity Attractions
Celebrity Attractions brings Broadway to the Robinson Center stage in Little Rock, making the magic of live theater more accessible for everyone. Their 2021-22 season includes hit musicals such as “Hamilton,” “RENT,” “Hairspray,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Anastasia.”
4. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Located in Conway, this is the state’s only professional Shakespeare company and has been featured in The New York Times. Every summer, Arkansas Shakes utilizes local and outside talent to present a festival of Shakespeare’s plays and other shows. The theatre also serves as a major source of arts education in the area.
5. Argenta Community Theater
Located in the Argenta Arts District, this theater has become a destination for high-quality performing arts in North Little Rock. The theater has dazzled audiences with productions like “The Sound of Music” and “A Chorus Line.” During the holiday season, they put on “A Christmas Carol.” ACT also conducts an arts education outreach program for local students through a two-week summer intensive in acting, music, dance and film.
6. Ballet Arkansas
Ballet Arkansas has touched the lives of Arkansans for over 40 years and is the region’s top professional ballet company. The dance company presents a diverse repertory that includes celebrated classical and contemporary works as well as newer ones, and many ballet greats have danced across the Ballet Arkansas stage.
7. Wildwood Park for the Arts
Located in Chenal Valley, Wildwood Park for the Arts combines nature and the arts for a unique experience. The nonprofit produces musicals and hosts local artists through their “Music in the Wild” concert series. With a 105-acre park, 625-seat theater complex and gorgeous botanical gardens, Wildwood stands out as a valuable natural and cultural resource in the state.
8. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse
Since 1967, this performing arts venue has combined professional theater with a delicious buffet. Past shows include “Mary Poppins,” “Grease” and “The Music Man.” The chef creates show-themed menus and the theater casts local actors for its dinner-and-a-show attraction.