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City Refresh: Little Rock, North Little Rock Downtowns See Redevelopment Momentum

Redevelopment activity is on the rise across the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock with apartment, townhomes and reimagined historic buildings. read more >

ASO Picks One of Its Own (Editorial)

The best leaders can often be found within the organizations they serve. read more >

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Names Geoffrey Robson as Music Director

Robson, who was previously the symphony's artistic director, said being chosen for the role is "the honor of a lifetime." read more >
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$500K Gift Brings ASO Music Center Closer to Groundbreaking

The original $9 million estimated cost of the project has grown due to rising interest rates and construction costs. read more >
Former Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Chair Lee Ronnel, who gave the nonprofit its largest gift ever
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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Receives its Largest Gift Ever

The donation came from longtime supporter and former board chairman Lee Ronnel, who died in January. read more >
Natalie Ghidotti, president and CEO of Ghidotti Communications
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Nonprofits Find PR Work Can Be a Real Gift

Nonprofit organizations don’t have stockholders, but they do have revenue and benefactors, which means they often need professional public relations. read more >
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ASO Says Music Center Will Enrich East Village

WER Architects/Planners is looking forward to making the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s planned $9 million, 20,000-SF music center in Little Rock’s East Village neighborhood sing, pun intended. read more >
Organizers said the Stella Boyle Smith Music Center would expand the orchestra's capacity for children's programming.
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ASO to Expand Children’s Programs With $9M East Village Music Center

The 20,000-SF center will provide more rehearsal and performance space. read more >
Michael Fothergill, executive and artistic director of Ballet Arkansas, notes that most performing arts organizations employ a greater number of contract employees than they do regular full-time employees.
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A Reimagined World: Performing Arts in a PandemicLock Icon

Ballet Arkansas, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra are fighting to keep the lights on — and, where possible, Arkansans employed — while retaining their audiences. read more >
Fred Scarborough said Arkansas Children’s was enjoying a “very healthy, robust year” in philanthropy. “Then March hit.”
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Charity Challenge: Nonprofits Forced to Adjust to COVID-19Lock Icon

Easterseals Arkansas had auction items and flowers arrayed at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock last March, all set for its annual Fashion Event. But an invisible threat was rising. read more >
Sonya Murphy, CEO of Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock, is waiting to see what effect changes in the tax code might have on charitable giving.
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Arkansas Nonprofits Hold Breath For Year-EndLock Icon

As a result of changes to the federal tax code, donations to charities are expected to fall by $13.1 billion annually in the United States, according to a May 2017 study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. read more >

Philip Mann To Leave ASO Director Post

Philip Mann and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that the 2018-19 season will be Mann's last as the ASO's music director. read more >

Riggs Estate Gives $1.8M to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra gets the largest individual donation in its history — $1.8 million from the estate of the late Linda Garner Riggs. read more >
Architect’s rendering of Robinson Center Auditorium ballroom expansion.
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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Opus Ball to Kick Off Robinson Center’s Reopening

Those attending the ball will enjoy a cocktail reception in Robinson’s new ballroom, a silent and live auction, as well as dinner and dancing, with music provided by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Big Band. Annual proceeds of the Opus Ball are expected to exceed $475,000. read more >
Christina Littlejohn and the ASO board did their homework so the orchestra could withstand two years outside of its normal venue.
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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Ready for Its Return to Robinson

Meticulous preparation will allow the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to return to the Robinson Center Music Hall this fall financially secure after overcoming what could have been a steep decline in revenue because of an unavoidable venue change. read more >
The Fulk Building, at the southwest corner of 3rd and Main Streets, houses CJRW, Arkansas' largest advertising and marketing firm, in a 21,000 SF office, and an estimated $4.2 million has been invested in the project.
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Some Hiccups, But Development Continues Along Main Street in Little Rock

About $100 million in new development is unfolding along Little Rock’s Main Street as developers bet on an influx of jobs and residents, according to an estimate by Moses Tucker Real Estate of Little Rock. read more >
The 12-story Boyle Building anchors the north end of Main Street Lofts.
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Despite Sale, Symphony Ready for New Offices in M.M. Cohn Building

The executive director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra said she's looking forward to moving into new offices inside the renovated M.M. Cohn Co. building downtown, even as the building's owner prepares to sell the property. read more >
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Get Tickets for Arkansas Business Power Breakfast Panel on Boards of Directors

Arkansas Business presents a new event series called Power Breakfast. This program features experts who will share strategies for building an effective board of directors and being an impactful board member. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. read more >
A rendering of Main Street's Creative Corridor by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architect.
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Tenants on Main Street in Little Rock See Progress

Our all-new sister site, Little Rock Soirée, is checking in on progress along Main Street in Little Rock, where millions of dollars in renovation is promising a new "creative corridor" of arts, culture and tech. read more >
Philip Mann and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
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Arkansas Symphony Orchestra to Move Offices to Main Street

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has executed a lease and will be moving its practice space and offices to Main Street in Little Rock. read more >