‘ART ROCKS: Summer Bash’ Fundraiser Kicks off Season with Live Art, Music on June 2-3


PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC) is kicking off summer with a two-day party. Art Rocks: Summer Bash is a fundraising event with music, food trucks, games, art demos, art auctions, kid-friendly activities, and more. The festivities are set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 2, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2023.

“Last year’s ART ROCKS! was a great time. We’re excited to build upon it and bring the same energy back for this year’s event,” says Morgun Henson, ASC’s Communications and Development Coordinator, who is organizing the event.

“This event was created to raise funds and bring new faces to The ARTSpace. Following last year’s format, we split the event into two days, offering an evening for adults to relax and unwind and a fun-filled Saturday for kids and families to enjoy. Each event will give attendees a different taste of what we offer and what is possible with our spaces.”

Friday’s festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with traditional and modern blues featuring a Pine Bluff favorite, the Port City Blues Society. Complimentary beer, wine, and soda will be available to ages 21 and older from 5-9 p.m., courtesy of M.K. Distributors.

Attendees can enjoy the concert while eating dinner from Lucy Mae’s Southern Food Truck and indulging in delicious dessert treats from B’s Sweet Treatz & Desirez, both of which will be on site.

They can also watch live artist demos and have an opportunity to bid on the finished pieces. Amy Darragh with Creative Cords Macrame of Little Rock will create woven wall hangings. Artist in residence Aida Ayers will create one-of-a-kind stained glass pieces. John Kushmaul of Little Rock will return this year to paint another unique landscape.