“Arts in the Hearts for Decades • 1982 – 2014”

A showcase of Arts in Education projects by El Dorado AIE artists through the decades in Union County schools 1982-2014

Reception for AIE Showcase “Arts in the Hearts for Decades”
sponsored by Ann Pruet Calhoon and Paula Pruet James

Arts in the Hearts for DecadesJoin us in celebrating 33 years of putting art with professional artist into the classroom with “Arts in the Hearts for Decades • 1982-2014.” The exhibition, which dominates all three galleries, is a collection of works created by students through the Arkansas Arts Council’s “Arts in Education” program in both the visual and performing arts. The exhibit includes classroom work done with the current AIE artists Jorge Villegas, Maria Villegas, Lisa Tarver, and Darrin Riley; and by past AIE artists including Rob Bosanko, Clayton Scott, Don Shaw, and Haley Phillips.

An art reception will be hosted in the Merkle and Price Galleries on Saturday, February 1 at 6pm. At the reception, the Arts in Education artists and students, Arkansas Arts Council members, and past Governor’s Award recipients will be recognized. A special tribute will be given to one of the program’s founding patrons, Elizabeth Pruet.

The exhibit has been made possible by the family of Elizabeth Pruet, who was a driving force in the establishment of the program. She received a Governor’s Award for her patronage of the arts, was a board member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was a guiding patron for over four decades of the SAAC. The exhibition and reception are sponsored by Ann Pruet Calhoon and Paula Pruet James in remembrance of their mother and her passion for the arts.

SAAC would like to give a special thank you to the exhibit curators, Mary Pat Anthony, Jorge Villegas and Maria Botti Villegas. In taking on the job, they have spent innumerable hours collecting, sorting, researching, and displaying the children’s work. Because of their passion for children and the AIE program, they have been the caretakers of much of the material used in the exhibit. Thank you for sharing your heart for the arts.

Exhibit free and open to the public each Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

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