Greenwood Performing Arts Center

Greenwood Performing Arts Center 

♦ 515 E. Gary Street ♦ Greenwood, AR 72936 ♦ 479-996-4142 ♦ ♦ - Technical Director

Guest-Reddick Architects and Beshears Construction, Inc., under the approval of the Greenwood Public Schools Board of Education and Kay Johnson, Ed.D, Superintendent, completed the construction of the Greenwood Performing Arts Center (PAC) in 2004.

The Performing Arts Center seats 1287 audience members and was built on the site of Arl McConnell's Greenwood home. Since 2004, many students and alumni have performed on this 20’ x 50’ stage in front of audiences from surrounding areas. Professional shows, such as Ricky Skaggs, Gene Watson, Buckets and Boards, Mr. Blue Shoes, Matt Maher, Jimmy Miller, etc., have also entertained at this venue, which is equipped with sound and lighting.

Mr. McConnell was an example and mentored for forty years as a student, athlete, coach, and principal. He graduated from Greenwood High School at mid-term in 1930 and enrolled at Hendrix College, where he earned a degree in chemistry and mathematics in 1934. That same year his Greenwood alma mater hired him as a teacher and coach. He taught at Greenwood until the beginning of World War II, when he left his career in education to work at Maumelle Ordnance Works. After the war, he earned his Master's Degree in Administration from the University of Arkansas and worked as a teacher, coach, and principal in area schools. He eventually returned to Greenwood in 1953 as the high school principal and athletic director, a position he held until his retirement in 1974. Exhibiting fairness and respect for every individual student, Mr. McConnell encouraged generations of young people to maximize their potential in all aspects of life. He is remembered for his service and love for Greenwood Schools, and this Performing Arts Center is dedicated to his memory.