In 1991, nine Partnership Teams from Alaska to Arkansas to Massachusetts joined the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in efforts to increase students’ access to the arts through professional development for teachers. Walton Arts Center and Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative Partnership Team (Arkansas ’91) was among these founders. Twenty-four years later, there are 97 Partnership Teams in 41 states and the District of Columbia. In 2014 these teams provided over 800 learning events serving 19,544 teachers and teaching artists. Arkansas 1991 is among the top ten partnerships that provide in-depth professional development for teachers.

For more information on professional development opportunities with Walton Arts Center, contact Dr. Patricia Relph at (479) 571-2773.