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Free Screening of “Back Road Barns”

On Friday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m., travel through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip with a free screening of AETN original documentary “Back Road Barns” at Morrilton’s Rialto Theater. After exploring the classic barns that have long been a part of Arkansas’s culture, reflecting on what it means to be a farmer and what a family farm is all about in the documentary, “Back Road Barns” producer Kevin Clark will join the Rialto Community Arts Center for a Q&A session.

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Father’s Day Inspiration – “The Great American Read”

Looking for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift? With “The Great American Read” as inspiration, we’ve narrowed down the search for you and chose some terrific books for you to give to the special men in your life!

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Celebrate Juneteenth – Free Screenings at MTCC

Celebrate freedom at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Museum (MTCC) Juneteenth festival with free screenings of “Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies” and AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Saturday, June 16. The annual celebration will also feature live performances, activities, living history presentations and more in downtown Little Rock, Saturday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m.

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Tinkerfest 2018

Super Readers, unite! Save your Saturday and get ready to meet and take photos with Super Why! at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs on June 16. At Tinkerfest 2018, young scientists will having amazing opportunities to make STEAM discoveries using creative methods.

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Preview “Native America” at 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium

Join us to celebrate the creative visions of contemporary Native America at the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium in Bentonville. On June 14, AETN will share a sneak peek of the new PBS series “Native America” prior to the free screening of upcoming “Independent Lens” film “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at 8 p.m. in the Skyspace at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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In association with the broadcast of Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War," AETN is proud to recognize Arkansas Vietnam Veterans by supporting local organizations and hosting a variety of community outreach events.

A Deeper Look

A Deeper Look at Poverty in Arkansas is part of the national initiative "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America," which aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society and solutions to bring people out of poverty.

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The Great American Read

"The Great American Read" is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. Premiering May 22 at 7 p.m. episodes will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite books.

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Request a Speaker

Need a speaker for a civic organization or club program?  For your organization's next meeting, consider booking an AETN Speaker.  For more than fifteen years, more than 250 groups around Arkansas that meet during weekdays have used this free-of-charge service.  While speakers are regularly available for noon club meetings, some breakfast or evening programs may be provided to a group if the event site is within a 30-60 minute drive from Conway or if AETN has an available person in that area of the state.  An AETN speaker will be glad to talk to your group at no cost on a variety of relevant and interesting subjects, including:

  • AETN: Helping Kids through TV
  • AETN: Helping Education in Arkansas
  • AETN: Telling Arkansas' Heritage and Culture
  • AETN Productions Update
  • How AETN Works
  • What's New at AETN

To arrange an AETN Speaker for an upcoming club meeting, please contact the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department at marketing@aetn.org.

When making your request, please provide the following information:

  1. Name of Organization or Club
  2. Location of City
  3. Contact Name & Phone Number (or email address)
  4. Date and time of meeting  (several options are requested)
  5. Desired Subject for the AETN Speaker
  6. Desired Length of Speaking Time
  7. Number of people usually attending (average)
  8. Where the meeting is held
  9. Directions to the meeting facility
  10. Any other special needs or requests

Request a Tour

If you are interested in discovering the world of public, educational broadcasting in Arkansas, come take a free tour of AETN in Conway!

Who May tour: Groups of ten (10) individuals or more who are at least in 4th grade (or age 10) or older are welcome.  Tours for individuals are generally not provided. Groups larger than 20 may need to be divided into smaller groups for easier touring.  One (1) parent, teacher, guardian or group leader must be present for every six to seven children.

What is Seen: Learn about this state-owned public, educational television station.  Visit the studios and production control rooms where local programs about Arkansas are created.  View Master Control where all AETN-PBS programs are broadcast throughout the state of Arkansas. See the equipment used to create television.  More technical-oriented tours can be arranged for a high school or college broadcasting class.

Length and focus of tours of AETN, which generally last about between 30 and 60 minutes, depend upon the age level of the group.

Tour Times: Tours are conducted Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tours are given by prior appointment only. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate unscheduled, drop-in requests for tours. Please allow at least two (2) weeks in advance to schedule a tour appointment.

Tours not available on the following observed state holiday:  Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee Day, Presidents-Daisy Bates Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), and during the Christmas holidays (Christmas Eve Day through New Year's Day).

Where to Go for Tours: Scheduled tour groups will meet at the reception desk at the Visitors Entrance in the north building located at Donaghey Avenue and Powell Street south of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. See our AETN Map for directions to AETN.  Visitor parking is available free-of-charge in a lot across the street from the front entrance of AETN or in the parking lot one block south of AETN.

Additional Information: Tours of AETN are free! Cameras and video cameras are also welcome as are lots of questions. Please make any special needs or interests known when scheduling a tour.  AETN reserves the right to cancel a tour within 24 hours for any unforeseen conflict.

To Schedule a Tour: To arrange a building tour of AETN, contact:

David Elmore
Phone: (501) 682 - 4198
Email: delmore@aetn.org