ArchDaily — "Studio Gang Breaks Ground on New Arkansas Arts Center"

'The core concept of the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center is a folded, thin-plate structure running through the existing museum complex. The plate structure aims to give the AAC a new architectural identity and connect its diverse programs. In tandem to the new construction, the design makes visible the original 1937 facade as part of a new, open axis of pedestrian circulation through the building from MacArthur Park to Crescent Drive. Renovations to existing spaces will be made to improve usable program areas for exhibition, education, and performance and create sustainable areas for the public to explore and enjoy the programs of the AAC.'

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"The design for the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center features new and renovated spaces for gathering and community events to create dynamic connections among the state-of-the-art galleries and exhibitions, renovated Museum School, and upgraded Children’s Theatre. One of our main goals for the project is to allow the architecture to invite interaction, discovery, creativity, and learning.”

— Jeanne Gang