From the Director
Photo by Brian Chilson
A Note from Todd...
Fun Fact: last year, more people visited the top 10 art museums in the US (22.2m) than attended every NFL game last season…combined (17.7m). Throw in the rest of the art museums in this country and we double the NFL’s annual attendance number.
The ARTS are popular! Museums and arts centers act as cultural beacons, they are gathering places where our inherent creativity and curiosity is embraced and encouraged. They inspire us, fill us with awe and beauty, and offer a safe place to confront and consider today’s most difficult subjects. They show us who we were, who we are, and who we can become. AND, they are often a catalyst for positive civic change and engagement.
With the passage of the bond issue, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to capitalize on this potential. As we begin the process of selecting an architect, it is important that we consider not only the immediate needs of the Arts Center but more broadly, the ripple effect that can energize MacArthur Park and the surrounding neighborhood. For that reason, the process will be deliberate, thoughtful, and inclusive and therefore, time consuming. Be patient. The re-imagined Arkansas Arts Center will inspire our visitors and stimulate activity beyond our walls!
Todd A. Herman, Ph.D.