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We have a place for you

Our mission is to enrich the vibrancy of the River Valley Community by providing collaborative, creative, and diverse programs furthering education and appreciation of visual and performing arts for artists and patrons of all ages and backgrounds. Our vision is to nurture the artistic nature of humanity through meaningful opportunities to experience, create, and appreciate art in our community.

events and Exhibits


opportunities for artists

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about us

The Arkansas River Valley Arts Center Foundation, Inc. is a non profit located in Russellville, Arkansas which began in 1981 with a June planning meeting, a $5,000 grant from the Junior Auxiliary and commitments from community leaders for over $10,000. The Arts Center officially opened its doors to the public at an all day celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on October 7th in the borrowed building on West Main Street. Articles of Incorporation prepared by Lu Hardin were signed in December 1981. A Board of Directors was formed and Richard Barton served as the first Executive Director. After three years the borrowed building was sold and the arts center needed a new home. The City of Russellville agreed to lease the rock building built by the WPA in 1936 which had formerly been the public pool bathhouse located in the City Park. 

Our Sponsors:

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Robert & Polly Hardin

Laurie A. Bibler

Frances P. Parker

our location

1001 East B Street
Post Office Box 2112, Russellville, Arkansas 72801

our Hours of operation

Monday-Friday, 10 am - 5pm

contact us

Phone: 479-968-2452

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Steve B. Purtle

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