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The Walton Arts Center Board seems to be classic proof that while you may work or live in a town, you may not actually be of it.
This is a not a blanket dismissal of all of the members of the WAC board, especially those who have fought valiantly for the best interests of the people of Fayetteville - home of more local artists per square mile than any other community in Northwest Arkansas - but of the “professional” board member types who sit upon that August body.
Said board is currently considering moving the Arkansas Music Pavilion to Rogers, away from its long-time home in Fayetteville.
Peter Lane, CEO of the arts center, was quoted in the Northwest Arkansas Times today as saying, “Our mission for a long time has been to serve all of Northwest Arkansas” - along with his comments about a “multi-campus” approach to WAC’s goals.
Well, build your own damned music pavilion in Rogers, then, and leave the one in Fayetteville alone.
Kudos to Steve Clark, president of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, who wonders why sites such as the available 200 acres near I-540 and Cato Springs Road in Fayetteville have not been considered.
Well, no doubt the Realtors, Tyson and Walmart execs and University of Arkansas folks on the board have an answer. If they do, they should say so, publicly - particularly those who live in Fayetteville.
Then again, just cuz you live somewhere, doesn’t mean you feel any special appreciation for it. Or the people in your own community. Hell, they may not even know anything about the city in which they lay their head down to sleep every night.
This is what you get when you have an “arts” center board whose membership is mainly built up of those who can raise money for the organization, or perhaps are resume padders (oh, don’t look so shocked - every board of directors on the planet has at least one of these parasites sitting on it), or have ties to other organizations.
Note: Not only have I written about non-profit boards in the past, but I have been a board member on several.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if WAC had a number of seats open for local artists?
Painters? Poets? Writers? Photographers? Singers? Dancers? Actors? Directors? And not just well-known ones, at that?
Yeah, I imagine they’ll get right on that one . . .
Oh, and “multi-campus?” Really?
Only a man who is blissfully unaware of the joke made in the 1990s about the design of WAC in Fayetteville - “Somewhere in Georgia, somebody is missing their junior high school” - could utter such a phrase with a straight face.
Quote of the Day
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. - Iris Murdoch