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.
“It’s safe to say the Arts Center would not exist without the generosity and vision of Winthrop Rockefeller,” said Todd Herman, AAC executive director. “He led the charge to make an Arts Center for all of Arkansas a reality. Arkansans—and the arts—were lucky he decided to make the Natural State his home.”
Rockefeller, who served as governor of Arkansas from 1967-1971, will be honored with a posthumous Portrait of a Patron Award for Philanthropy and Service.
Members of the Junior League of Little Rock, including fellow POP Award recipient Jeane Hamilton, first approached Rockefeller about the idea of creating an arts center. It was Rockefeller who insisted it be called the Arkansas Arts Center, to ensure it wold serve the entire state. In doing so, the AAC Artmobile was also established, and continues to travel every corner of the state today.
His support continues today through members of the Rockefeller family as well as the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
Join us Saturday, May 21 as we express our appreciation for this great leader and the entire Rockefeller family 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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