From the Director
Photo by Brian Chilson
A Note from Todd...
The Arkansas Arts Center staff is constantly working to make visible their love of the arts, creativity, and performance. We want our members and visitors to feel the same sense of jubilation we do when we experience the arts. To that end, we are finding new ways to reach and engage our audiences. For example, I hope most of you were able to watch the two videos produced in conjunction with the 12th National Drawing Invitational: Victor Ekpuk drawing in the AAC galleries to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,”and the monumental installation of Gary Kachadourian’s reimagining of our 1937Museum of Fine Arts façade. If you haven’t seen these videos, it’s not too late. They are archived at www.arkansasartscenter.org/videos.
In addition, we launched our “Art Together” program for families with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-spectrum challenges. This program, along with our multi-visit program for schools, are just two examples of how your Arts Center is using art to make a difference in the community. Speaking of community, did you know that the Arts Center collaborated with 15 other local organizations last year including the THEA Foundation, The Rep, ACANSA, the VA Hospital, and the Boy Scouts of America? We Have also invested in K-12 programming and classes through the Museum School.
The Arkansas Arts Center added 359 works to its collection this past year, and lent21 works to exhibitions around the world—from Philadelphia to Japan—exposing more than 1 million people to the cultural treasures in Little Rock. This kind of artistic publicity is invaluable for the economic development of the city, region, and state.Take a class, check out the newly re-installed permanent collection galleries, or attend one of the upcoming Children’s Theater performances of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, or The Legend of Robin Hood. Be proud of your Arkansas Arts Center, it’s always new and always free.
Todd Herman, Ph.D., Executive Director