Inc. magazine's announced their third annual Best Places to Work in the June issue. Crystal Bridges and Art on the Green did not make the list.
Based on both Galleries, the love of their employees, they should have made the list.
Because I work at Art on the Green, KNOW it's one of the best places to work, hands down. Crystal Bridges, as I found out last week is also one of the best places to be employed. How do I know, you ask?
Leaving Crystal Bridges after spending the day seeing as much as possible, hopped on a shuttle to be taken to my car; Several employees jumped on at the same time. They were joyous, excited and planned to come back to enjoy the program that evening. It was already well past six. These employees understood how fortunate they are to have Crystal Bridges.
Have you been? Crystal Bridges is amazing. Arkansas is privileged to have such a beautiful place in our state. NWA is booming, in large part to (Wal-Mart) and this Museum.
Just like many ideas, Crystal Bridges began on a paper napkin. This idea, however, had/has Alice Walton. The drawing on the napkin, you ask? By renowned architect Moshe Safdie.
Crystal Bridges website tells us Safdie is an architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author who embraces a comprehensive and humane design philosophy. Safdie is committed to architecture that responds to human needs and aspirations and is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place.
Crystal Bridges permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton. Each piece is reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution. In addition to historical works, the Museum’s collection also showcases major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, James Turrell, and Georgia O’Keeffe, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of American art.
Conway resident Carolyn Baker also an Impressionist painter. Her original painting "Baby Blue" is on sale at Art on the Green this week for $200.
The Museum complex encompasses a Library, the Hands-on Experience Art Studio, a glass-enclosed gathering hall for lectures, films, and other events, a Museum Store, a Restaurant, and areas for outdoor concerts and public events.
There are more than three miles of walking and biking trails through the Museum’s 120-acre grounds, and this offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful Ozark landscape and enjoy sculptures, gardens, and interactive education areas.
We can't forget the Frank Lloyd Wright Backman-Wilson House. Frank Lloyd Wright was the primary influence and mentor to Arkansan's own Fay Jones. The Museum partnered with the U of A's Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design to develop a Welcome Pavilion. This Pavilion serves as an entryway to the site of the Frank Lloyd Wright house. The house was reconstructed on the museum grounds in 2015. If you love architecture, this is a must-see.
It would be easy to stay at the house all day, or any of the other offerings.
Everything about Crystal Bridges says Excellence. This museum is such a gift to the state, as someone said recently, "I'd like to write Alice Walton a thank you note."
For Family Fun at Crystal Bridges:
There are many ways to bring your family together with art at Crystal Bridges! The drive and initial visit (Trust me, you will want to go many times.) can be done in a day - albeit a long day - but one your family will never forget.
Eleven restaurant serves "High-South" comfort food based on the area, the Ozarks.
When you arrive, pick up a free Family Guide for an interactive tour of temporary exhibitions. Free, drop-in Family Tours are offered every Saturday at 1 p.m.
Go to the Experience Art Studio for art-making activities, puppet play, games, and more.
Check out their calendar of Events for upcoming family programs such as Family Days, Preschool Playdates, and classes or workshops for children, teens, and families. Visit CrystalBridges.org to make plans today.