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Meet Advisory Council Board Member Dr. Dwayne Daniels

Arkansas Arts Council - Monday, September 09, 2019

Dr. Dwayne DanielsDr. Dwayne Daniels, of El Dorado, is interested in making sure opportunities in the arts abound in southern Arkansas. Daniels, who covers the district 12 counties in southwest Arkansas, is an arts advocate who recently suggested the advisory board’s next meeting occur in his hometown. He said he wants to make sure the arts of southern Arkansas are well represented. An El Dorado native, Dr. Daniels graduated from El Dorado High School in 1983 and pursued a medical career. Dr. Daniels served in the U.S. Army National Guard Medical Corps and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and Kosovo in 2006. He retired in 2007 as a lieutenant colonel. Dr. Daniels has more than 20 years of experience in orthopedic surgery and specializes in joint replacement procedures. He works at South Arkansas Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and travels to smaller communities to make sure they have access to orthopaedic care. Dr. Daniels belongs to a multitude of local and national associations and organizations. He was appointed to the Arkansas Arts Council’s advisory board earlier this year and recently took the time to answer some questions about his love for the arts in Arkansas. 

Q. How would you describe yourself?

A. I am an Arkansan who refuses to allow Arkansas to settle for less than its true self. I am a father who actively encourages his two sons and two daughters to discover themselves.

Q. What is your connection with the arts in Arkansas?

A. Until I was 18 years old, I painted. Then, I pursued a different career. However, I have had the pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors at the South Arkansas Arts Center from 2001 to 2005 and 2015 to 2019. I served as president the final year of each term.

Q. Why is it important to be on the Advisory Council of the Arkansas Arts Council?

A. I want to work to include people of southern Arkansas in the very important artistic discussion that is occurring in Arkansas right now.

Q. When were you appointed to the advisory board?

A. I was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson this year.

Q. What would you like to see the advisory board or the Arts Council accomplish this year?

A. I would like to continue to develop the growing relationships that have been fostered already. I want people to understand the importance the arts have in the daily lives of Arkansans statewide.

Q. What do you wish people know about Arkansas’s arts communities, the Arts Council or the advisory board?

A. I wish more people were exposed to art in southern Arkansas. I wish more people understood the Arts Council is working to use art to enhance the Arkansas way of life.