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Calendar of Events

Welcome to the Delta Cultural Center's Calendar of Events page. The museum hosts special blues music events and programs throughout the year, such as Delta blues festivals, gospel festivals, folk art exhibits and much more. Don't miss the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival in October, formerly known as King Biscuit Blues Festival. This Delta blues festival is the largest blues festival in the nation!



Please check back often to find upcoming events at the Delta Cultural Center, or subscribe to our Delta Currents E-Newsletter to get regular email updates.

  • Songs from the Field
    February 27, 2014 - December 31, 2016
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    "Songs from the Field" tells the early story of Delta music, the story of field songs and field hollers, the songs of the enslaved peoples of the Arkansas Delta. The story of how slaves used music to transcend the oppression of slavery is told through text, photographs, sound effects, artifacts, and several interactive elements, making for a compelling experience.
  • The Art of Ann Warren
    January 4 through April 4, 2015
    Helena - 95 Missouri St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    Ann Warren is an emerging artist from Sherwood, Arkansas. At the age of 50 she began china painting and started oil painting at 60. She grew up in Helena, Arkansas in the 1960's and her paintings exemplify the memorable momemts of her younger years. Scenes include "draggin Cherry Street", hanging out with friends at the Kream Freeze, and many dances at the Hut.
  • A House of Light: The Art and Photography of Hugo and Gayne Preller, 1895-1950
    January 13 through April 4, 2015
    Helena - 141 Cherry St.
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    This exhibition of vintage art and photography is being called "Arkansas' newest cultural treasure." The show features worrks from The Preller Collection, made between 1895 and 1950 in the Arkansas Delta. During the early 1900s, Hugo and Gayne Preller and their family plied the Mississippi and White River in their “floating studio,” creating the earliest and largest body of Delta photography in Arkansas history, including portraiture of sharecroppers and local citizens of the region.

    An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at 5:30 at the DCC's Visitors Center.

    This event is free and open to the public.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    February 16
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - Corner of Perry and Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    Presenter Lori Walker will talk about African American heritage sites from Helena to Pine Bluff.

    Other dates for the Roundtable in 2015 are May 18, August 17, and November 2.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    May 18
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - corner of Perry and Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    Mark Christ, Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and John House, archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey will talk about "The Fagan Six."

    This event is free and open to the public.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    August 17
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - corner of Perry & Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    Jack Myers, Education Coordinator for the Delta Cultural Center
    will present a program entitled, “The Bitter End”, which tells the little known story of the close of hostilities and the plight of those who refused to surrender.

    This event is free and open to the public.
  • Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
    November 2
    Helena - Beth El Heritage Hall - Corner of Perry & Pecan Streets
    6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
    http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com
    The Delta Cultural Center hosts a quarterly Civil War Roundtable of the Delta which is open to the general public. Expert speakers in their field of study provide programs on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta.

    The last program for 2015 features Civil War historian, writer, and lecturer, Nancy Dane. Whe will talk about incorporating primary source research into historical novels with emphasis on Helena.

    This event is free and open to the public.