Walton Arts Center Names Taylor Harrison Speegle Vice President of Development

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Nov. 1, 2019 ― Taylor Harrison Speegle has been promoted to fill the position of vice president of development at Walton Arts Center. Speegle has served as the interim director since January 2019.

Speegle is responsible for leading the Walmart AMP and Walton Arts Center’s development team as they work to increase contributed income to more than $7 million to fund arts education and community programming at Walton Arts Center.

“We are thrilled to have Taylor leading our development team,” said Peter B. Lane, Walton Arts Center president and CEO. “His experience in a variety of jobs with the organization is invaluable, giving him a deep understanding of and commitment to our mission.”

Previously Speegle served as director of development for the Walmart AMP and later as director of corporate relations for Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP. Under his leadership the total number of corporate sponsors grew by 30 percent in three years. He has also played a key role in producing Walton Arts Center’s three fundraisers – Art of Wine, Masquerade Ball and AMP Fest. Speegle will continue to lead Walton Arts Center’s Corporate Leadership Council in his new capacity.

Speegle was named to Arkansas Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 Class, a recognition that honors the state’s rising leaders in business and politics. He also completed the inaugural Arkansas Business Executive Leadership Academy in 2018.

Speegle earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in drama. He worked for Walton Arts Center from 2008-2010 before leaving to pursue a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University in production management and technology.

“It is truly an honor to work with such an incredible team of people at Walton Arts Center and Walmart AMP. I am thrilled to be taking on this new leadership role within the organization,” Speegle shared. “I’ve enjoyed bringing people and businesses together to support Walton Arts Center, the Walmart AMP and the arts in Northwest Arkansas over the past few years. As we look ahead to the future of our organization, it is critical that we think creatively and deepen our relationships to ensure that we continue to serve our community with access to great performing arts.”

He is married and lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Jill, and two daughters, Ollie and Mia.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.