UA Little Rock Downtown Opening

What We Do

Business

UA Little Rock Downtown coordinates with UA Little Rock’s School of Business to engage central Arkansas businesses. Elizabeth Small, the primary instructor for the Real Estate program at the School of Business, serves as the Director of Business Networks in the UA Little Rock Downtown. The Business Networks program expands education opportunities and promotes the work of University faculty, students, and graduates. Furthermore UA Little Rock Downtown serves as a member of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to accelerate the success of Downtown Little Rock, through leadership, partnership and initiative, and sustaining and growing our vibrant urban core.

Education

Each semester, UA Little Rock faculty teach courses at UA Little Rock Downtown, including Public History, Finance, Public Administration, Rhetoric, and more. Community partners reserve the space for educational, social, and service-focused programming. For more information about booking the room, please see our policies and rates.

Arts & Culture

UA Little Rock Downtown operates as a division of the Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC), co-located in the River Market District as a part of UA Little Rock’s downtown campus. CAHC is housed in the Bobby L. Roberts Library and is in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System. UA Little Rock Downtown showcases archival materials from CAHC and art, public history, and culture exhibits from UA Little Rock faculty, students, and graduates.

Civic Reflection

UA Little Rock Downtown houses the 1935 “The Struggle in the South” mural by artist Joe Jones, depicting Arkansas labor, race, and sociocultural relations.

We contextualize this mural with ongoing public conversations about culture, art, education, business, research, and innovation in Little Rock and beyond. UA Little Rock curates the downtown space for campus and community classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, receptions, exhibits, art shows, and other events that align with our mission.