Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter addressing the audience. Photo by James Doyle
On October 21, 2015, Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter and a distinguished panel of Arkansas educators and artistic directors discussed national trends in teaching the arts and humanities, while exploring new ways to give Arkansas schools access to combined national and local resources.
While no single cultural institution in Arkansas can match the reach & multi-disciplinary offerings of The Kennedy Center, Little Rock and Arkansas have many of the same resources distributed across multiple institutions. Educators and arts advocates from across the state participated in this very important conversation about the transformation of arts and humanities education in Arkansas through deeper collaboration between these institutions.
The program included two engaging panels.
Educator Discussion Panelists
Joy Pennington ( Moderator ), Executive Director, Arkansas Arts Council
Zinse Aggine, Teaching Artist and Musician
Jama Best, Senior Program Officer, Arkansas Humanities Council
Dr. Jeff Grubbs, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Lana Hallmark, Fine Arts Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Dr. Lenore Shoults, Executive Director, The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Institution Discussion Panelists
Dr. Todd Herman ( Moderator ), Executive Director, Arkansas Arts Center
Sericia Cole, Director, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Robert Hupp, Producing Artistic Director, Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Philip Mann, Music Director, Arkansas Symphony
Deborah Rutter, President, The Kennedy Center
Stephanie S. Streett, Executive Director, Clinton Foundation
This event was hosted by the Clinton Foundation; President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts member, Kaki Hockersmith; Mid-America Arts Alliance; Donna and Mack McLarty; and the Stella Boyle Smith Trust.