JONESBORO, ARKANSAS CITY GUIDE 2018 : 41 The Foundation of Arts is the city’s premier source of live community theater, art education, dance and vocal training, and theatre classes. Classes for all ages are offered throughout the year as well as community theater productions. The Foundation of Arts has a large facility in Downtown Jonesboro just across from the historic Forum, where they have productions. The Foundation of Arts believes that engaging in the arts grows people and unites community and helps people learn discipline, teamwork, creativity, and focus through arts experiences, which arm them for success in any field. They provide disciplined, creative, arts study and experiences to enable everyone to learn, even if they can’t fully pay for it. They serve at least 400 families per week through arts education, theatre, and outreach activities. The community theatre includes ten differing productions per year including The Nutcracker Ballet, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. The FOA stands alone as an arts organization in Northeast Arkansas that provides live theatre at low ticket prices for thousands of patrons each year—and a Pay What You Can performance for each show so that everyone can grow from live theatre. This all provides an annual count of 55,000 trips into downtown Jonesboro for the community. The Foundation of Arts The open air Farmer’s Market on the corner of Red Wolf Boulevard and Aggie Road in Jonesboro is hosted by Arkansas State University as a non-profit venture. Vendors selling anything from fruits and vegetables to homemade crafts gather every Tuesday and Saturday from May through October to sell their goods. While there visitors could be serenaded by violinists or by the animals in the petting zoo. This market is truly blessed by the community spirit; it is a place to cultivate friendships while enjoying the freshness of an Arkansas morning. Although some of the funding for the pavilion came from grants, the majority was funded by local fund raising activities and donations by individuals and businesses alike. The ASU Farmer’s Market is currently in Phase One of completion. Phase Two will include adding sidewalks and restrooms and Phase Three will add an Agricultural Museum and Welcome Center to the site. Altogether these will be a huge addition to the ASU College of Agriculture and Technology. n Farmer’s Market ASU Museum is affiliated with A-State’s four Heritage Sites in the Arkansas Delta: • Dyess Historic Colony/Johnny Cash Boyhood Home • Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum • Southern Tenant Farmers Union • Lakeport Plantation ASU Museum and the university’s Heritage Sites are bulwarks of heritage and museum studies in the Arkansas Delta, pursuing the highest standards of operation in their professions. We invite you to visit us and become more acquainted with the family activities, education support, natural history, and cultural heritage of our region. Arkansas State University Museum [cont.] COME TO Jonesboro WE HAVE IT ALL!