On May 17, 2017, Arkansans for the Arts held its first Regional Roundtable; Why the Arts Are Essential to Southeast Arkansas on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. The event brought economic, cultural, and educational leaders together to discuss the two issues: the value and opportunities for arts education and its connection to future creative economies. Panelists included Johnny Key, Arkansas Commissioner of Education, Skip Rutherford, Dean of Clinton School of Public Service, and Patrick Ralston, Director of Arkansas Arts Council.
Leaders from economic, cultural, and educational sectors discuss the value of arts during lunch.
Building on the momentum of the first, the second Arkansas Arts Roundtable; Why the Arts Are Essential to Northwest Arkansas was hosted on June 1, 2017, at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the University of Arkansas campus. The day was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance and a wide range of panelists from Arkansas and beyond. Robert Morrison, from Quadrant Research, provided valuable advocacy tools in his presentation, “The Arts Education Data Revolution.” We wish to thank Jeannie Hulen, Chair and the entire U of A Department of Art for contributing their time and talents to a star-studded lineup.
Plans are underway to host two more Arkansas Arts Regional Roundtables in the Fall, stay tuned for more details. Should you be interested in finding out more details as they develop, please Contact Us and request to be included on email invitations and announcements.
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