The arts in Hot Springs continue to inspire residents and guests of the spa city. Ranked as one of the top “Best Small Art Towns in America,” by author John Villani, Hot Springs is home to a collection of fine art galleries, music festivals and performances, theater, and more. Highlights include the monthly Gallery Walk, Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs Jazz Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and Art Blast. From classical to country, a huge variety of concerts are held in venues throughout the city. Magic Springs and Crystal Falls features a summer concert series with top performers in a variety of genres. The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, Hot Springs Concert Band, Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild, are among the many organizations that host area performances. Additional arts and entertainment offerings include the Pocket Theater, the Poet’s Loft, and the Muses Creative Artistry Project.
Highlights of the area’s arts organizations and events are listed below:
- Art Blast
Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year at Hot Springs Convention Center, Art Blast is a collaborative effort of local non-profit organizations and schools to provide fun, hands-on creative activities for kids ages 4-18.
- Fun City Chorus
Performing numerous concerts through-out the year, the Fun City Chorus is dedicated to the joy of singing and "ringing chords" in four-part acapella music. Fun for men of all ages who love to sing, Fun City Chorus meets every Monday evening at the Westminister Presbyterian Church, 3819 Central Avenue.
- Gallery Walk
Held the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. in participating downtown Hot Springs galleries, Gallery Walk features opening receptions for gallery exhibitions. Featured artists are often present to discuss their work during the events. Hot Springs Gallery Walk has been in continuous operation since August of 1989.
- Hot Springs Arts Center
626 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Hot Springs Concert Band www.hotspringsband.org
- Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute
Held each Fall, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the oldest documentary film festival in the nation and second only to Amsterdam, internationally. Located in the historic Malco Theater, the event features over 100 documentary films, along with notable guest filmmakers. Year-round educational and cultural programs are also presented.
819 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Hot Springs Flute Ensemble
- Hot Springs JazzFest / Hot Springs Jazz Society
Founded in 1991, “the Hot Springs Jazz Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to perpetuating, promoting and preserving Jazz Music, an original American art form.” The annual Hot Springs JazzFest is held each year during the second weekend in September and is a showcase for the best in regional and local jazz talents. Performers range from young artists to seasoned veterans like Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Randy Brecker, and Herman Green. Hot Springs Jazz Society hosts additional performances throughout the year including the Scholastic Jazz Festival featuring high school and college jazz ensembles from throughout the state. The organization also provides scholarships for talented students to attend jazz camps at the University of Arkansas in Monticello.
P.O. Box 22662, Hot Springs, AR 71903-2266
- Hot Springs Museum of Contemporary Art
MOCA is located in the historic Ozark Bathhouse in downtown Hot Springs. The museum features 14,000 sq. ft. of art exhibitions.
425 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Hot Springs Music Festival
Hot Springs Music Festival is a unique event that brings over 250 international musicians to Hot Springs during the first two weeks of June each year. In its sixteenth season, the festival pairs world-class mentor musicians with talented pre-professional apprentices during the two weeks of performance and practice. The apprentices are selected from applicants to the program and receive a full scholarship, including housing, to participate. Twenty concerts and numerous open rehearsals are featured during the event. Along with the over 20,000 people who attend the Festival each year, an additional 6.4 million people have enjoyed the performances through nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous others through a series of nine cds produced by Naxos under the Marco Polo label.
468 Prospect Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Hot Springs Village Woodlands Auditorium
1101 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
- Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild
P.O. Box 8354, Hot Springs AR 71910
- The Muses Creative Artistry Project
102 Meadowbrook Way, Hot Springs, AR 71913
- Poet’s Loft
The Poet’s Loft hosts the “Spa City Poetry Reading” every Wednesday evening which was founded in 1989 and is believed to be the world’s oldest continuous open mic program. The Loft also hosts the Spa City Poetry Slam and the Arkansas Grand Slam events.
514-B Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
- Pocket Community Theatre
P.O. Box 20577
170 Ravine St., Hot Springs, AR 71901