The second annual Masquerade Ball to benefit Blackbird Academy of Arts is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Center at Centennial Valley Country Club.

The evening will feature a musical performance by Dr. Arlene and Jerry Biebesheimer, a jazz ensemble featuring pianist Jenn Nulsen, and local singer and composer Matthew Huff, whose song "Back Again," is on the Top 40 of Music Row hits. He also has been an opening act for Kris Allen.

There will be heavy hors d’ouevres, both a silent and live auction, and libations, with beer and wine included in the ticket price. There also will be a cash bar.

The ticket price is a tax-deductible $50 per person. All proceeds go toward Blackbird Academy’s arts education programming.

Dress is cocktail or formal attire, and masks are encouraged.

Three Conway art teachers, Chris Massingill, Amy Ness and Becky Thornton, held a mask-making workshop at the Faulkner County Library on Feb. 12 with several of those masks on the list for purchase at the silent auction.

Blackbird Academy offers classes in music, dance, visual arts, creative writing, sewing and theater.

For photographs from last year’s ball and more information about Blackbird Academy of Arts, go to