A Home for Art in Arkansas
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.
Since opening in 2011, the museum has attracted visitors and considerable attention for both its permanent American masterworks as well as its collection of contemporary works by living artists.
The steel-and-glass building attests to its architect’s attentiveness to the linkage between art and nature.
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.
Aspen Across America Bentonville guests experience the work featured in the State of the Art exhibition
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.
Crystal Bridges Curator Chad Alligood discusses featured works with AAA Bentonville guests.
Alice Walton in conversation with Marilyn and Michael Glosserman
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