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From the Director

Laine HarberIt is my great honor to step into the role of Interim Director at the Arkansas Arts Center, while the search is ongoing to fill the role of Executive Director.

Dr. Todd Herman’s departure from the Arts Center was truly a confluence of a career opportunity and a personal opportunity to be near family in need, and our Board of Trustees and I thank Todd for his many contributions to the AAC during his seven years with the organization.

For those of you whom I don’t know, I joined the Arts Center in 2010, working alongside the Board and Dr. Herman to bring financial discipline, transparency and accountability to what was then a struggling institution. Since that time, I worked closely with Dr. Herman as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director in managing not only accounting, but operations as well. In collaboration with the Board and the entire management team at the AAC, we established and delivered a balanced budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, ending with a positive bottom line. We have now sustained that positive bottom line for eight years in a row.

Our priorities for the Arkansas Arts Center remain unchanged. We are encouraged by the positive response and participation from the community regarding our capital campaign, co-chaired by Harriet and Warren Stephens. However, there is still work to be done. The AAC staff is prepared and more than capable of continuing to implement our strategic plan, along with all the associated programming planned for our upcoming fiscal year. I will continue working closely with our Board President Merritt Dyke, our Finance Committee Chair Robert Burnett, and the rest of the Board in the daily operations of the Arts Center as I have for the past eight years.

Thank you for your continued support in making the AAC an unparalleled cultural destination for the citizens of central Arkansas and beyond. We will need every single one of you, every step of the way!

Laine Harber

Interim Director, CFO
Arkansas Arts Center

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