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Arts Center to notify directors of reporting on NLR project

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click to enlarge Board members to be brought into the picture on a possible new Arts Center.
  • Board members to be brought into the picture on a possible new Arts Center.
The members of the board of directors at the Arkansas Arts Center will be provided an "information sheet" tomorrow on reporting by the Times' Max Brantley and the follow-up by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that a private-public partnership is being considered to build a new arts center in North Little Rock. 

Todd Herman, the director of the Arts Center, said he's sending out the information because "a lot of board members are getting questions" about the reports. He said part of the statement to directors would include those things the arts center's strategic planning has identified as needs, including more space for classrooms and the collection. He described the activity on a new arts center as an "[Arkansas Arts Center] Foundation-led issue."

Herman made his announcement to the executive committee of the board. Afterward, he said improvements anticipated by strategic planning the Arts Center has begun would require a "significant investment" to achieve, though he does not have firm numbers. He noted that that expansion to the current facility — already added on to in several stages — would present certain mechanical problems to the physical plant, which I suppose means additions to heating and air systems, and electrical engineering. That sounds like an argument for a new facility.

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