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Postcard from Arkansas and Kansas, Part Two

March 26, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am with Saralyn Reece Hardy, who directed the NEA’s museums and visual arts programs from 1999-2002. Saralyn’s now the director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas As I […]

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Postcard from Arkansas and Kansas, Part One

March 23, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am with my fellow panelists from the creative placemaking discussion at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. From l-r: Joy Pennington, Arkansas Arts Council; Beth Weidower, Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative; Bob Hupp, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Warwick Sabin, Oxford American This month the Art Works […]

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Spotlight on the Strong Women of Crystal Bridges Museum

March 12, 2012 Text by Ann Waller Curtis All images courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts. Photo by Tim Hursley Nestled in 120 acres of forest and nature trails in northern Arkansas, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art highlights some of the best of this country’s […]

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Former President Clinton Supports Arkansas Arts Education Program

Over the weekend, former President Bill Clinton made headlines in his home state of Arkansas discussing education. His message was one that many of us already know: the dropout rate is increasing and students are leaving school unprepared for 21st century jobs. However, the uniqueness of the President’s message was in his proposed solution—the arts. […]

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What a Gift!

Surreal is a good word to describe how I feel working for the Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau these days. Why you ask? Well, in just five short months I will be just blocks away from the works of Thomas Hart Benton, Marsden Hartley, Andrew Wyeth, Asher B. Duran, and John Singer Sargent to name […]

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