A Unified Front
Special Olympics Arkansas has recognized five local schools for their commitment to Unity with their Unified Champion Schools program.
Discover the transformative power of art at Brandon House! They empower underserved youth and emerging artists through creative education, career development, and cultural events. Their programs are licensed by the AR Department of Human Services to uplift Arkansas youth and arts. Join them today!
Delve Into the Darkness at Lost Forty Brewing's Annual Zombie-Themed Festival of Darkness Release Party
Festival of Darkness, a zombie-themed Lost Forty Brewing event, is around the corner, coming back to town next month.
Tickets are available HERE.
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Making Friends with Manual Cinema's "Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster"
Manual Cinema’s Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster is coming to the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Sep 30 - Oct 1, bringing a masterpiece comprised of puppetry, unique cinematic techniques and music to tell a sweet, quirky story about monster-human friendship.
All the angles: Manual Cinema productions use vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design, and a live music ensemble to create a unique blend of cinema and theatricality give the stories they tell even more depth and richness.
Heart-warming message: The main characters, Sam and Kerry, bond with each other without needing to change who they are or being shamed for their anxieties, providing a powerful message of acceptance and friendship in challenging times.
Dana Parker-Gilbert Realizes American Dream, Becomes Successful Business Owner in Arkansas
Dana Parker-Gilbert's dream of owning her own business seemed out of reach until 2019 when she left the corporate world, cashed out her retirement, and purchased Joyce Holt's Window Works. The rest is history: Dana's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for design have made her business, Simply Charming Window Works & Design, a thriving success.
Business acumen: Parker-Gilbert brings her expertise from 30 years of corporate experience, as well as invaluable skills she learned at UA Little Rock's Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.
Teamwork makes the dream work: Her 12-person team, all of whom she considers 'family', have helped the business expand from residential to corporate and commercial clients.
Read more on the story HERE.
Five Arkansas Schools Receive National Recognition for Promoting Inclusion and Acceptance
Standards of excellence: The schools met 10 standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy, and respect that promoted students with and without disabilities training and competing as teammates.
Movement for change: The Unified Champion Schools program aims to expand to 10,000 schools by the 2023-2024 school year to foster acceptance, respect, and dignity for all.
Learn more about the program HERE.
Little Rock Daily Picks
In other news…
Get caffeinated: If you're looking to treat yourself or one of your friends with some of the best coffee on the market, you can pick up Onyx Coffee, an award-winning, Arkansas-based coffee roaster that is on a mission to find and serve the finest and most unique coffees in the world.*
Get well: A new wellness clinic, Beyond Wellness is coming to Little Rock and offering IV Therapy, Botox, Regenerative Medicine, and more.
Stay safe: UALR is rolling out a new campus safety app to help students stay safe while at school.
Remembering the nine: The Clinton School of Public Service launched an endowment campaign to commemorate the Little Rock Nine.
Field trips for all: The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts is working with the LRSD to give field trips to all students in the district in 2024.
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