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AETN partners with Arkansas Arts Center to host free screening event for 'Dream Land' in Little Rock

Posted 20 Sep 2017

The Arkansas Educational Television Network, in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center, will host a free screening of "Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street," Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock.

A wine reception will precede the film at 5:30 p.m., and a panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include producer Tanisha Joe-Conway and director/cinematographer Gabe Mayhan.

While admission is free, space is limited. Tickets are available at arkansasartscenter.org/tickets or by calling 501-372-4000.

Little Rock, Arkansas's, West 9th Street was once a vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. Taborian Hall is the only remaining historic structure on West 9th Street and stands as a living witness of the street's former glory days.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Taborian Hall housed varied and important black businesses, including professional offices, a USO, the Gem Pharmacy and the Dreamland Ballroom. By the 1930s, the ballroom was firmly established as a stop on the "Chitlin Circuit," which showcased regional and national African-American bands and stage shows. It was also host to local musicians, dances, socials, concerts and sporting events. The documentary seeks to recognize, memorialize and share this history.

"Dream Land: Little Rock's West 9th Street" received the regional Emmy award for Best Editor – Program during the 2017 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life.

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