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ARTalks explores Arkansas’s creative economy

Arkansas Arts Council - Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Artwork by Michael Warrick, 2020 Arkansas Living TreasureLearn more about the people behind Arkansas’s creative economy! Join Director Patrick Ralston at 1 p.m. every Thursday for ARTalks, a livestream show on the Arkansas Arts Council’s main Facebook page.

From curators to arts organizers, the Arkansas Arts Council staff talk weekly with the people supporting, growing and developing the arts in Arkansas. ARTalks is a livestream that delves into the scenes behind the arts and offers Arkansans an opportunity to ask about art opportunities, experiences and projects.

Guests in November are:

Nov. 5

Christina Shutt, director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, will talk about how Arkansas’s museum dedicated to African American history and culture supports the arts. The museum recently unveiled the exhibition, “We Hold These Truths: American Veterans of Arkansas,” by artist and veteran Ed Drew.

Shutt strives to infuse history with voices from other perspectives in the museum’s exhibitions and virtual programming. On Nov. 11, the museum will premiere a live Facebook event for Veterans Day that celebrates all veterans in Arkansas.

Shutt is a community leader and frequently gives presentations or sits on panels concerning the African American experience, cultural influences and history. She is the powerhouse behind the present collection of and preservation of material related to the African American experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The museum is asking for true-story submissions for “Covid in Black,” a program meant to collect experiences of African Americans in the current political, social and historical climate.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history and culture in Arkansas. The Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum are also parts of Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

Nov. 12

Daleana Vaughan, education director for the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, will discuss exhibitions at the museum, arts initiatives and events. She also will give tips to parents and teachers who are trying to educate students about the arts virtually.

Vaughan has more than 12 years of experience in leadership, management, counseling and administration combined with a passion for the arts. She has been featured in several exhibitions, won the Polly Crews Hospitality Award and earned a certification in Art4Healing and a certification in Visual Thinking Strategies. She oversees the museum’s interpretive and educational programming, including educational arts programs for schools. She creates and implements educational arts programs in the museum that seek to attract, educate and inspire children.

Vaughan uses workshops to explore new techniques and give students the opportunity to discover their own voices through art.

The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum fosters art appreciation in the River Valley through diverse exhibitions, educational programming, dynamic events and cultural partnerships.

Nov. 19

Jessica Crum, creative director of Silverlake Design Studio, saw a need to give young Arkansans the chance to work with and be mentored by professional artists before deciding to spend money on a traditional degree. The Creative Institute of Central Arkansas will open for enrollment, taking gap-year students, early next year. The first classes are in Fall 2021.

Crum is an artist, graphic designer, marketer and business professional who believes in creating opportunities for young artists in Arkansas. She focuses on storytelling by creating relatable experiences that resonate with communities.

The Creative Institute of Central Arkansas is a statewide, gap-year initiative to help young artists decide on a career in the arts while developing their professional, business skills and creative portfolios. The program is the first of its kind in Arkansas.

Nov. 26


About ARTalks

ARTalks is a weekly, Facebook Live event meant to engage the creative community, encourage artists and nonprofits in the arts and showcase the movers and shakers who are driving the creative arts scenes in Arkansas. The show is live on the Arkansas Arts Council’s main Facebook page at 1 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, email scarlet.sims@arkansas.gov.