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Arkansas Arts Center Announces Gift from the Walton Family Foundation

August 27, 2012

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Heather Haywood

Arkansas Arts Center Announces Gift from the Walton Family Foundation
(LITTLE ROCK, AR)- Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman announced today at the Annual Meeting that the Arkansas Arts Center will receive a gift of $1 million from The Walton Family Foundation to be distributed over the next 10 years.

Walton Family Foundation Board Member Alice L. Walton stated in a letter to the Executive Director Todd Herman and the Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees:

“On behalf of my family members, I have the great pleasure of informing you of plans for a $1 million investment in the Arkansas Arts Center by the Walton Family Foundation over the next 10 years.

“As a lifelong Arkansan, I value the role of visual and performing arts in communities across our state, and I respect the tough decisions that the board of the Arkansas Arts Center has made to sustain this institution during tough economic times. I also applaud the continued commitment of the City of Little Rock to provide exposure to the arts to all residents of our state.

“A great cultural institution can inspire an entire community, but is not made by donors alone. Active patrons and volunteers are the lifeblood of a thriving organization. My hope is that our family’s gift serves as a catalyst, inspiring additional support from both public and private entities. A vibrant arts community in Central Arkansas has ripple effects throughout the state.

“On behalf of the Walton Family foundation, I applaud the leadership of the Arkansas Arts Center during a difficult season and look forward to the continued role this institution will play in making the arts a real part of the lives of so many Arkansans.”

Arkansas Arts Center Executive Director Todd Herman said, “This is a significant gift to the Arts Center, and one that I hope will inspire others to consider the role that arts, culture and the Arts Center have played in making Little Rock and indeed all of Arkansas a better place to live. I greatly admire the Walton family’s broad and inclusive thinking when it comes to the arts in Arkansas. We are partners in the belief that art changes lives, and I am glad that they trust our commitment to that mission through this pledge of support.”

The Arkansas Arts Center is a dynamic center for the arts. It features a museum with an outstanding collection of international art. The strength of the collection is works on paper with an emphasis on drawings and contemporary craft objects. It also includes paintings, sculpture and the largest U.S. repository of watercolors and drawings by 19th century artist Paul Signac. The AAC also features the award-winning Children’s Theatre, art classes and public programs. In addition, the AAC offers touring programs for communities, such as Children’s Theatre on Tour, the Artmobile and traveling exhibitions.

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Contact: 501-372-4000

Location: Arkansas Arts Center- 9th and Commerce, Little Rock, AR 72202
Free Admission

Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday & Major Holidays

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.