Helena-West Helena—On Tuesday, September 18, the Delta Cultural Center (DCC) will kick off the second session of its new arts and heritage after-school youth program. The program is now recruiting youth 5th through 12th grades, who attend school in the Helena-West Helena Public School District, as well as at Desoto Academy. There are 30 seats available for this term. Registration is open now and until all spaces are filled.

Just as in the first session of the program, this session is also theater-focused with themes based on research the participants will conduct on two of Helena’s historic cemeteries—Magnolia and the Confederate cemetery. Also like the first session, this one will run for several weeks. It will conclude with the youngsters delivering living histories about some of the notable people who are buried in each cemetery.

The performances will take place on the grounds of each cemetery in similar fashion to the “Tales of the Crypt” event performed each year by Parkview High School youth, in Little Rock. The DCC is planning its closing event for October 31. While it will be open to the public specific details, including the time of the event will be made public as the date nears.

This session, along with the research and dramatic performances, is designed to provide a greater appreciation for community service, historical preservation and the cultural heritage of the Delta. There is no cost for students to participate.

The group will meet twice each week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the DCC Depot Museum’s Eagle Room. The Depot is located at 95 Missouri Street in historic downtown Helena. Transportation to and from the weekly sessions will be provided free of cost. Nutritious snacks will also be provided each evening without cost.

In addition to the DCC’s partnership with KIPP-Delta Preparatory School, the Helena-West Helena School District and the Desoto Academy, Great Rivers Co-op and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas will also provide program resources.

To obtain registration information, or for more details, interested individuals should contact Dr. Kyle Miller, director of the DCC at 870.338.4350, or kyle.miller@arkansas.gov. Information can also be found on the DCC’s Facebook page, or at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.

The Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all eight agencies within the Department of Arkansas Heritage—to preserve and promote Arkansas Heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction. The other agencies of the department are the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas State Archives.