The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas has announced the return of its longest running fundraiser, Potpourri: Roaring for the Arts, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The money raised through this biennial event is used to sustain the museum’s free gallery admission and high-caliber programming. 


This year’s event, Roaring for the Arts, will be held in memory of longtime ASC supporter and volunteer Anne S. Robinson, who died in 2021. An anonymous donor has promised to match donations 1-to-1, up to $45,000. The ASC has said that this money will be put toward much needed upgrades to light and sound systems in the Catherine M. Bellamy Theater.


“Anne Robinson truly loved the Arts & Science Center. She took advantage of every opportunity to advocate for the museum and its programming,” says ASC Executive Director Rachel Miller, Ph.D. “[She] was tenacious in her support of ASC, especially in her fundraising efforts. There will never be anyone else like her.”


Anne and Adam Robinson

Anne and Adam Robinson


The gala will feature dinner by Chef Jamie McAfee of the Pine Bluff Country Club, drinks sponsored by M.K. Distributors, a silent art auction, a silent spirits auction, live music by Dave Sadler and a live auction with Master of Ceremonies Matt Soto, the ASC said. Complimentary valet parking will also be provided. 


“The arts are important to every community, but in an economically challenged area like ours, it is an important reminder that creativity and imagination can be a part of our lives, regardless of our situation,” said Laura Beth Shaner, chair of the 2022 event. “I think that’s especially true for local children, whose first exposure to the arts often comes at The Arts & Science Center.”


The featured artist for the 2022 Potpourri is John Kushmaul, who grew up in White Hall and has created many pieces depicting landmarks and landscapes in Jefferson County. He will be exhibiting newly created artworks at the gala, which will be available for purchase and for preview online.


Tickets are $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call 870-536-3375 or visit the ASC website.


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