From the Director
Photo by Brian Chilson
A Note from Todd...
With another fiscal year having come to a close, I am happy to announce we have ended in the black for the fifth consecutive year!
It is important that you know your financial support is being utilized responsibly and that the staff of the Arkansas Arts Center is committed to squeezing great programs out of every dollar. Our attendance was up last year thanks in large part to great titles in the Children’s Theatre, thought-provoking and popular exhibitions in the museum (see the video responses to 30 Americans on our YouTube page at youtube.com/ArkansasArtsCenter), increased marketing presence, and ever expanding Museum School classes. In short, our community is increasingly viewing us as an educational, engaging, and entertaining resource. One that embraces diversity alongside quality, and strives to enhance people’s lives through the beauty and stimulation of the arts.
As the AAC begins its new fiscal year, the momentum continues with a wonderfully fun lineup in the Children’s Theatre —including a favorite with both kids and adults, “Schoolhouse Rock Live,” written by AAC Children’s Theatre alum Scott Ferguson. The 57th Annual Delta Exhibition continues to draw large crowds and highlights the astounding artistic talent in the region. Congratulations to Mark Lewis of Tulsa, this year’s Grand Award winner.
Opening in October is Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. This sweeping exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum continues the AAC’s dedication to giving space to diverse creative voices and reflecting on art’s role in giving visual language to cultural frameworks.
The Museum School, State Services, and the wide variety of programs we offer throughout the year continue to inspire and add value to life’s experiences. Get involved! Take a class! Exercising the creative part of your brain is good for you! And always remember, the galleries are free. Come and enjoy the treasures in your own backyard.
Todd A. Herman, Ph.D.