The Arkansas Arts Center and the Fine Arts Club of Arkansas are proud to introduce a new arts patron recognition event—Portrait of a Patron (POP!)—as part of its biennial Beaux Arts Ball fundraiser. The event which begins with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, will honor Jeane Hamilton, Winthrop Rockefeller and the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
The addition of the Portrait of a Patron (POP!) Awards is a way for the AAC to pay homage to those who have contributed both to the Arts Center’s continued success and its existence. As a founding member of the Arts Center, with more than 20,000 hours of recorded volunteer time, it’s obvious why Jeane Hamilton is receiving the inaugural Portrait of a Patron Award for Service.
“You cannot mention the founding of the Arts Center without including Jeane Hamilton,” said Todd Herman, AAC executive director. “One of the three women from the Junior League who presented the idea of an arts center to Winthrop Rockefeller, Jeane has been an indefatigable supporter of the Arts Center and its programs ever since. Her face and positive attitude have graced nearly every event and program at the Arts Center for the past 50 years.”
One of Jeane’s most significant contributions was the AAC Traveling Seminar program. Over 35 years, Jeane led 99 trips, 76 international and 23 domestic. The group traveled to China in 1975 and was the first non-official U.S. group to be given permission to visit the country.
And at 90 years young, her support and passion for the Arts Center is just as strong today as it was nearly six decades ago. You’ll see her at lectures, exhibition openings and Board of Trustees meetings.
Join us Saturday, May 21 as we thank Jeane for her service at the POP! Beaux Arts Ball. Music will be provided by the Arkansas Symphony Big Band, accompanied by a DJ. Sweet and savory heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be served with a gourmet breakfast from RH Catering to cap off the evening.
Tickets to the event are $150 per person and all members and friends of the Arkansas Arts Center are invited. For tickets or more information, please call 501-396-0345 or visit arkansasartscenter.org/beauxartsball.
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