Community Services

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Abundant Living Senior Adult Program
Abundant Living exists to encourage, inspire and equip older Christians to grow in faith and service to God throughout their retirement years. A unique magazine, special events and group travel offer a variety of opportunities for seniors to gather and build community.

American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series
This lecture series features authors; dignitaries; and other leaders in business, government and education. Previous speakers include Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush, Alex Kendrick, Tony Dungy, Ruby Bridges and hundreds more.

Arts and Life Performance Series
This performing arts series brings world-class cultural entertainment to Searcy and has featured performances by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Broadway leading lady Carmen Cusack, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Celtic singer Julie Fowlis, the Russian String Orchestra, jazz singer Rosana Eckert and many more.

Camp Tahkodah
This 1,350-acre camp is owned and operated by Harding University and offers five summer camps sessions for ages 8-18 years old. One- and two-week sessions are offered.

Campus Activities Board Concerts
CAB hosts several events throughout the year, including movies and concerts, some of which are open to the public. Previous artists brought to campus include Jesse McCartney, Tori Kelly, Mat Kearney, Sara Bareilles, Needtobreathe, The Avett Brothers and more.

Department of Music Concerts
The department of music hosts multiple student concerts with free admission throughout the school year. Performing groups include chorus, concert choir, jazz band, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, orchestra, an opera workshop class and solo student recitals.

Department of Theatre Performances
The theatre department presents six shows during the school year including a Homecoming musical and Spring Sing musical variety show.

Global Missions Experience
The Global Missions Experience (GME) takes place every 2-3 years at Harding University Tahkodah (HUT). It is a three-day, hands-on training in missions involving university students from across the United States and missionaries from around the world.

  • For: University students
  • Schedule: Next GME scheduled for late September 2023
  • Visit harding.edu/gme for more information

Harding University History House
The Harding University History House museum, in conjunction with the Ann Cowan Dixon Archives & Special Collections, collects, preserves, and interprets cultural and related materials associated with the history and community of Harding. We invite you to visit the History House conveniently located at 205 Lott Tucker Drive.

  • For: Adults (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Cost: Free
  • Schedule: Summer and school year hours vary; tours available by appointment
  • Contact 501-279-4205 or hwood@harding.edu
  • Visit harding.edu/historyhouse or call 501-279-4354 to schedule a tour.

History Faire
Children travel through time and learn about history. Interactive booths show medieval machines, ancient numbers, cultures from around the world, and even archaeology.

  • For: Ages 3rd-4th grade
  • Cost: Free
  • Schedule: Late March to mid-April
  • Contact 501-279-4427 or history@harding.edu for inquiries.

Holiday of Lights
Stop by Harding’s campus during the Searcy Holiday of Lights and enjoy 1,000,000 energy-efficient lights.

  • For: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Schedule: Week after Thanksgiving through January
  • Visit harding.edu/lights for lighting ceremony details.

Homecoming Musical
Harding’s theatre department presents a musical every fall as part of Homecoming weekend.

HU16 TV Programming and Streaming
This 24/7 television station broadcasts on campus, local White County Cable channel 16, Roku, Apple TV and online. Watch chapel, Harding sports, “Live at 5” news, concerts, special events, faith-based programs and other student-produced shows.

KVHU 95.3 Radio Programming
This commercial FM station featuring an eclectic mix of classic hits from various genres and generations reaches more than 250,000 people in more than 100 towns and cities. During a semester, more than 30 students serve as announcers for KVHU. KVHU is the official radio station for Harding sports (Harding University football and basketball; Harding Academy football).

Lectureship
For more than 90 years, Harding’s Lectureship has provided an opportunity for people across the country to gather and hear a collective group of biblical scholars, ministers, missionaries and students speak the message of God’s singular voice.

Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology
With more than 100 artifacts displayed, this museum can be used as a resource for students and church groups to provide context and help them better understand biblical studies. The museum has 10 sections that showcase items such as storage jars, perfume bottles, coins, weapons, wine skins and other artifacts from daily life in the ancient world. Other displays include excavation tools, explanations of ceramic typology and carbon dating, and a timeline from 2000 B.C. to 700 A.D. The museum is located in the McInteer Building.

Pied Pipers Theatre Troupe
The Pied Pipers are a children’s theatre troupe available for performances and workshops to all public and private school systems, children’s homes, hospitals, preschool centers, libraries, churches, children’s theatre organizations, local art councils, and private and commercial businesses or groups. Donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to cover travel expenses.

  • For: Children
  • Cost: Free
  • Schedule: Throughout the school year
  • Contact 501-279-4492 or dfrye@harding.edu to schedule

Princess and Superhero Party
This annual party for children features snacks, crafts and activities with their favorite princesses and superheroes.

  • For: Children
  • Cost: $10 for children, $5 adults
  • Schedule: Every February
  • Visit harding.edu/calendar for the schedule or call 501-279-4277

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre
The Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre presents three shows every summer with student and community actors. Auditions are usually held in early May each year. Dinner and show as well as show-only tickets are available.

Spring Sing
This annual musical variety show incorporates more than 1,000 students. Each group performance competes for a cash prize to donate to a local charity.

Stevens Art Gallery
This gallery features several exhibits each year by visiting artists, art faculty, alumni and students and usually hosts a White County High School Art Exhibit.

Uplift
This Christian camp hosted on campus is for students between seventh grade and their freshman year in college. Individual campers or youth groups can attend one of three one-week sessions.

  • For: Seventh grade to first year in college
  • Cost: Campers $245. Pricing for other attendees online
  • Visit upliftonline.com for dates, information and registration

Visiting Writers Program
The department of English invites three to four accomplished writers, film editors and producers, and publishing professionals to campus each year to give public readings of creative works and other presentations. Notable guests in the past include internationally recognized Naomi Shihab Nye and Miller Williams.

  • For: High school students and adults
  • Cost: Free
  • Schedule: Throughout the school year
  • Contact tengel@harding.edu

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