North Little Rock Events

Thea Foundation: Into the Blue
April 28, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thea Foundation’s 4th annual Into the Blue, an evening celebrating and supporting the arts in Arkansas, will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Center for the Humanities and Arts at the University of Arkansas at Pulaski Tech in North Little Rock. This gala, which began as an elegant dinner with performances and an address by former president Bill Clinton, has evolved into a lively gathering of arts enthusiasts to enjoy performances by Thea Foundation scholarship winners who have graced international stages and returned home to celebrate Thea Foundation and help honor the recipient of the foundation’s annual Pillar of the Arts Award, given to a member of the community who has gone above and beyond to advance the arts in Arkansas. This year’s recipient of the Pillar of the Arts Award is Dorothy Morris.

This year’s lineup of performers is all new, featuring Georgeanne Yehling, an esteemed and awarded opera singer and instructor who calls Wichita, Kansas, home; Selena Gordon, a Fort Smith native who performed at Radio City Music Hall on America’s Got Talent; Meredith Short Loy, renowned for her work with Ballet Arkansas and beyond; and Bennett “Tanner” Berry, a Magnolia native and University of Oklahoma sophomore who was one of 15 students selected to be a part of the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre’s Class of 2020. Each of these rising stars was awarded a Thea Foundation scholarship their senior year of high school.

Into the Blue is chaired by Clark Trim; Jo and Presley Melton; Michelle Browning; Janet and Dr. Glenn Davis; Trish Roberson; Win and Natalie Rockefeller; Gert Clark; and Pillar of the Arts Award recipient Dorothy Morris. Dorothy Morris, President and CEO of the Morris Foundation, resides in Hot Springs and continues the work of her late husband, Walter Morris, a pioneering philanthropist who helped create Heifer Project International. Through the Morris Foundation, Dorothy supports more than 50 nonprofits annually and provides seed money to many organizations. From food banks to the Fine Arts and medical research, the Morris Foundation has nourished Arkansas’s cultural institutions, both large and small, for decades. An enthusiastic collaborator, Dorothy worked to raise funds for Hot Springs artist Linda Williams Palmer, which resulted in a touring exhibit of the “Champion Trees” project and an AETN Emmy Award winning documentary film of the same name. Dorothy is on the Board of Visitors for UAMS and advises or supports the Hot Springs Cultural Alliance, Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Point Cedar Food Bank, National Park College, Henderson University, Ouachita University, Arkansas Food Bank, UALR, Arkansas Policy Foundation, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Thea Foundation and ASMSA.

Into the Blue is presented once again by Keesal, Young and Logan. Our Silver Sponsors include: the Dorothy and Walter Morris Foundation; Colonial Wine and Spirits; Jo and Presley Melton; Mitchell Williams; Janet and Dr. Glenn Davis; Roberson’s Fine Jewelry; Win and Natalie Rockefeller; General Wesley K. Clark and Associates (Gert and Wesley Clark); and Robyn and John Horn. Our Bronze Sponsors include: Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Legacy Termite and Pest Control; North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; and US Bank. Our advocate sponsors include: Lee Lee Doyle; Munro Foundation; Linda Williams Palmer; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Hot Springs Giving Circle; and J. Russell Guerra.

Individual tickets to Into the Blue are $100, while Individual Patron tickets are $250 and include name recognition at the event. Tickets are available online at or by phone at (501) 379-9512. Proceeds from Into the Blue support Thea Foundation and our programs that advance the arts in Arkansas schools by providing art supplies and creative materials to classrooms in need; awarding 30 scholarships each year to young artists; implementing new and augmenting existing art and music programs within local schools; providing advanced teacher training and materials to implement the training within classrooms; advocating for arts education within our state; and more.

For information regarding Into the Blue event details, please contact Stacey Bowers at (501) 379-9512 or For sponsorship information, please contact Jennifer Owens at (501) 379-9512 or

Thea Foundation
Thea Foundation’s mission is to advocate the importance of the arts in the development of Arkansas's youth. Our programs are designed to help youth find confidence through creative expression, during and after school. Thea
Foundation has awarded $2.25 million in scholarships to Arkansas high school seniors, distributed more than $1.5 million in art supplies to underfunded schools and implemented many programs that provide creative experiences
for Arkansas's youth. For more information about Thea Foundation, visit or call (501) 379-9512.

UA-Pulaski Tech - The Center for Humanities and Arts
3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock
(501) 379-9512
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