Message from the Director
Arkansas State University Museum, located on the A-State campus in Jonesboro, AR, is a hub of life-long learning for people of all ages and walks of life, serving both the university and the general public. Focusing on the natural history and cultural heritage of Northeast Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta region, the Museum brings tangible relevance to A-State's many disciplines and opens doors for discovery learning.
Two major initiatives guide the Museum's strategic goals, our Teaching Museum Initiative and our Underserved Audiences Initiative. The Teaching Museum Initiative establishes the ASU Museum as a stage for closely mentored undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level classes in museum practices taught by the Museum's own staff. Launched in August 2007, this initiative is in full swing, bringing solid training and marketable museum experience to A-State students.
The people of Northeast Arkansas are among this nation's most underserved audiences. Objectives of the Museum's Underserved Audiences Initiative are to provide a safe harbor of learning for rural, disadvantaged, at-risk, and other underserved audiences in NE Arkansas; advance the social health of Arkansas and its future leadership by promoting intercultural, interracial, and religious tolerance; and, open minds to a progressive future.
The Museum's Cultural Diversity events, such as Dia de los Muertos, foster learning as a family value and form the backbone of our commitment to more inclusive service to our region. Suitcase Exhibits serving rural schools are fully integrated with lesson plans satisfying the newest mandates in school curriculum. We offer custom-response tours for at-risk and special needs children. Through our affiliation with the Arkansas Discovery Network, which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Arkansas State University Museum hosts programs targeting children Pre-K through 8. Every April the ASU Museum hosts "Through A Child's Eyes," showcasing the artwork of this region's most gifted and artistic children.
ASU Museum is affiliated with A-State's four Heritage Sites in the Arkansas Delta:
ASU's 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.
Marti L. Allen, PhD
Arkansas State University Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.