Little Rock Look Back: President Thomas Jefferson

On April 13, 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia.  Along with Benjamin Franklin, he was one of the first American multi-hyphenate Renaissance men.  Author, musician, inventor, diplomat, epicurean, architect, educator, and President. Certainly his writing of the Declaration of Independence was of paramount importance to the US, even if he had never served as President.

It was during his Presidency that Thomas Jefferson actively pursued the Louisiana Purchase which brought what is now Arkansas into the United States.  While he never visited the area, he did send explorers to chart out the Louisiana Purchase.  The subsequent surveying which took place during the Madison presidency was based on standards developed by Jefferson for the surveying of Ohio.

In Little Rock, Jefferson is remembered with Jefferson Elementary and Jefferson Street. He is also the eponym for Bill Clinton’s middle name.

ARTISTRY IN THE ROCK this week – Little Rock School District showcases student creativity

Artistry In the Rock BannerThe Little Rock School District celebrates the creativity and talent of its students this week with Artistry in the Rock.

Tonight, April 21, there is a scholarship fundraiser featuring I J Routen and MUSED at the Afterthought.  Tickets are $10.  Showtimes are 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Wednesday through Friday at the Metroplex Event Center, there will be performances.

Wednesday – April 23

  • 10:00 a.m. Jazz Central
  • 10:30 a.m. Mallory Baker, piano solo
  • 10:40 a.m. Central Choir
  • 11:00 a.m. Jefferson Orff Ensemble
  • 11:20 a.m. McDermott Choir
  • 11:40 a.m. Mabelvale Choir
  • 12:00 noon Parkview Dance
  • 12:20 p.m. Pulaski Heights Middle School Band


Thursday – April 24

  • 10:00 a.m. Chicot Stars
  • 10:30 a.m. Western Hills Eagle Band
  • 11:00 a.m. Romine Choir
  • 11:20 a.m. Booker Drama
  • 11:40 a.m. Meadowcliff Choir and Percussion Ensemble
  • 12:00 noon Forest Heights Band


Friday – April 25

  • 10:00 a.m. Parkview Musical Collaboration
  • 11:10 a.m. Watson Capercita Roja-Orff Ensemble
  • 11:30 a.m. Rockefeller Orff and Percussion Ensembles
  • 11:50 a.m. Pulaski Heights Elementary
  • 12:10 p.m. Dunbar Band Band


Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be a Student Art Gallery .


On Friday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Jazz R US Reception and Silent Auction.

This free jazz reception for adults at the Metroplex Event Center will feature a performance by Dr. Danny Fletcher and Jazz R US.  Refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Teh silent auction will feature faculty and student artwork.  Proceeds will benefit the Dr. Morris Holmes Artistry Scholarship fund.