Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR | November 4-5, 2014
In November 2014, Aspen Across America led a 24-hour excursion to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the museum that benefactor Alice Walton has founded and given to America.
Reminding us that we need not travel to New York, Chicago, or Washington to see great art, Walton brought a world-class museum to Arkansas and created a fund to allow schoolchildren from all across the state to view it free of charge.
Walton unraveled a vision of how the museum could become an active incubator for innovation and creativity, and how new tools could be applied to teach the timeless lessons not only of art, but of history, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and language, as well.
As our visiting group, made up of art curators, designers, and scholars, walked through the museum, Walton challenged us to engage with her in a larger conversation, not just about what we saw on the walls, but about the role of the museum in contemporary society.