From the Director
Photo by Brian Chilson
A Note from Todd...
As we anticipate warmer weather and the rejuvenation that Spring ushers in, the Arkansas Arts Center is planning for the next stage of its life by engaging in a Strategic Plan. A Strategic Plan is an important document that integrates and focuses an organization’s operations in order to address the mission and the needs of its audience and community. It creates a pathway for the future. Members of the staff, AAC Board, Foundation, and community supporters have engaged in intense discussions that ask and answer difficult questions that will lead to the continued growth and success of the Arkansas Arts Center. New priorities are discovered and old ones reaffirmed in a process of self-assessment that helps us offer the best artistic and cultural experience for our visitors, the community, and to you, our members.
Our calendar of fine exhibitions continues this spring with The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South, which opens February 28. Organized by the Arts Center in conjunction with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, this impressive exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of Cloar’s birth. Carroll Cloar is an Arkansas native son and one of the most original artists to emerge from this part of the country. Also on view is the powerful exhibition InCiteful Clay and the always-popular Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition–now in its 53rd year!
And speaking of 100th anniversaries, the Fine Arts Club is celebrating their 100th birthday this year with the Beaux Arts Ball on June 7. Join us in celebrating the many accomplishments of the FAC and their tireless work to infuse the fine arts into our community. This is a fundraiser for the Arts Center, so show your support for both our organizations!
Spring also brings two classics to our Children’s Theatre stage: The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Sleeping Beauty. These timeless tales continue to entertain through the capable hands of our award-winning theatre. Finally, awaken your artistic talents by joining the AAC drawing and watercolor workshop in Bellagio, Italy. What better place to be inspired and hone your skills than within shadows of the mountains surrounding Lake Como! For all of these events and many more, visit our website at arkansasartscenter.org.
Todd Herman, Ph.D., Executive Director