Check Leslie Newell Peacock's report on the annual meeting of the Arkansas Arts Center. A huge infusion of public dollars in support of the museum doesn't seem to have injected much populism into the proceedings. /more/
The Arkansas Arts Center was closed today, due to a power outage in MacArthur Park, and the MacArthur Museum of Military History was likely closed as well. Phones at the latter were being answered by machines.It's a good thing it was today and not next Thursday, Aug. 4, when the Arts Center is holding an open house for architectural firms interested in applying for the planned renovation and expansion will be held. The Arts Center announced in June its Request For Qualifications for a design architect was ready for interested parties. /more/
Arkansas Arts Center Director Todd Herman announced that the Arts Center Foundation is preparing an RFQ for architectural firms to bid on the renovation of the Arts Center. The RFQ put the price of construction for the new Arts Center at $55 million to $65 million. /more/
Nineteen Arkansas artists and three artists with ties to Arkansas are among the 30 whose work was selected to appear in the 58th annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. The Arts Center announced the names today. /more/
Mayor Mark Stodola told the Arkansas Arts Center's board of trustees today that the city will wait to see what private fund-raising efforts will bring in and what form the Arts Center's renovation and expansion plans will take before putting a bond issue out to bid to provide the city's contribution. /more/
In a special election today, Little Rock voters said yes to a bond issue that will fund an overhaul of the Arkansas Arts Center, as well as improvements to MacArthur Park and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. /more/
Mayor Stodola sent out the above email missive today urging voters to vote to approve a bond issue that will provide funds to dramatically improve the Arkansas Arts Center, make fixes to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and enhance MacArthur Park and, indirectly, the surrounding neighborhood. /more/
Leaders of the Committee for Arts and History, a group appointed by Mayor Mark Stodola to campaign for a bond issue to make improvements at the Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and MacArthur Park itself, gathered at City Hall today to remind voters that the polls are open then walked across the street to the Pulaski County Election Commission office, the early voting polling place, to vote. /more/
Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, says another senatorial debate is scheduled at noon Friday at Philander Smith College. He and Libertarian Frank Gilbert will participate. Eldridge said that incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman has been invited.
The Eureka Springs City Council last night suspended the rules and hurriedly passed a civil rights ordinance that extends anti-discrimination protection to gay people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It sets up a potential legal challenge if the legislature completes passage of a law aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people.
Mary Steenburgen, the Arkansas native actress, has added her voice to those opposing HB 1228, the bill aimed at preserving legal discrimination against gay people under the pretext of religious freedom. It would create untold other complications for all sorts of government activities to give people a religious excuse to avoid the law.
This morning, I was a student ambassador for Philander Smith College and the Social Justice Institute at a House Committee that discussed Rep. Nate Bell’s proposal to divide a Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Kyle T. Miller, who describes himself as a "licensed and ordained prophet" and says he has been "prophesying and interpreting dreams for almost 15 years," has been named the director of the Delta Cultural Center at Helena.
The Little Rock police department will formally drop a charge against state Rep. John Walker and send him a formal letter of apology. A charge against a colleague will remain,. The arrests followed Walker's filming of police arrest of two other men. Chief Kenton Buckner said Walker's arrest wasn't justified.