Though Arts & Humanities Month ended yesterday, today is a bonus for the Creative Class 2016. Ruth D. Shepherd has spent her career utilizing the arts and creativity to spread joy, messages of hope, and to change hearts and minds.
She is “retiring” later this year after having served as Director of Just Communities of Arkansas since 2000. Though she will leave that post, her work in Little Rock and Arkansas will continue.
In her other careers, she has been a school teacher and worked in various non-profits. She is probably most closely identified with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre having served as a volunteer, staff member, and Board member off and on for most of its 40 years of existence. She has also served as Tabriz co-chair for the Arkansas Arts Center.
Ruth has graced several Little Rock stages including UALR (where she was in Hair), Community Theatre of Little Rock, the Weekend Theatre, and the Phoenix Theatre among others. The Culture Vulture’s favorite performance was her riveting portrayal of a frustrated and frustrating matriarch in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.
While wrapping up her current role with JCA, she is busy putting the finishing touches on next Sunday’s Walk for CommUNITY. It is not too late to sign up. For more information on that and other JCA projects and programs, visit their website.