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introducing the

Designer In Residence program 

A dynamic new enhancement to the Thrive Arts program, Designers In Residence will act as "Design Mentors" to the students of Central High School in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. Plugging into current STEM curriculum provided by Arkansas's successful EAST Initiative, Thrive's residents will work alongside students in and out of the classroom to provide extra personal attention and industry expertise as teams work to design solutions to community challenges.

Goals of the Designers In Residence program:

Goal 1:
To assist in the development of a creative cluster of Helena/Phillips County residents

Goal 2:
To enhance the number of creative problem solvers in our community—ultimately leading to diverse job skills, strengthened confidence, and life planning skills in our citizenry—thus creating a results-driven sense of community pride 

Goal 3:
Assist in breaking the cycle of endemic and pervasive poverty through arts and design education

Thrive Gallery 

Located at 310 Cherry Street in historic downtown Helena, Thrive launched the Thrive Gallery in 2016 in synchronization with the inaugural class of Thrive Artists in Residence for their 2016 final exhibit titled "Zoned."  Since then, the Thrive gallery has evolved to offer full-time gallery programming featuring the artwork of regional artists. 

Goals of the Thrive Gallery:

Goal 1:
To inform and invite a broad public in all socioeconomic demographics of the increased opportunities to view and interact with the visual arts.

Goal 2: 
To attract and assist a creative cluster of artists and arts-related businesses to locate to downtown Helena, Arkansas.

Goal 3: 
To help brand downtown Helena as a unique and active arts destination for tourists from day-trip locations such as Little Rock and Memphis.

Online Exhibit Catalogues
Louis Robinson, "From the House" - 3/2/17 thru 4/25/17

Thrive Art Studios

In partnership with the Phillips College of the University of Arkansas, Thrive has managed a multi-purpose workspace on Ohio Street in downtown Helena, Arkansas since 2010. This space is accessible to qualified regional artists who want to be involved in Helena's economic renaissance. 

Interested in a Studio Space?
Call 870-338-3300 or EMAIL

Local ARtists ARE provided with:

  • Access to 5,600 square feet of collaborative studio space
  • Access to wood shop and metal shop
  • Wireless internet, electricity, and water bills provided
  • Access to clean office with dedicated desk space