Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Inc. Receives $2,000 Grant
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (ACNMWA), a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the work of Arkansas female artists, was recently awarded $2,000 from Entergy Arkansas, Inc. to complete “Growing Champion Classrooms.” The educational initiative includes poster sets based on drawings of the Natural State’s largest trees of their species featured in “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey, Drawings by Linda Williams Palmer.” Entergy’s 2014 grant funds lesson plans to complete the poster sets, funded with a 2013 Entergy Arkansas grant and a donation from the School of Forest Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
“Linda Williams Palmer’s work is so relatable--every child in Arkansas knows what it’s like to put colored pencil to paper,” said Charles McGhee, Entergy Arkansas customer service representative in Pine Bluff. “By supporting ‘Growing Champion Classrooms,’ we hope Arkansas educators see the inspiring images as a way to teach art, math, history and conservation,” said McGhee.
ACNMWA President Marta Jones of Fort Smith acknowledged the second grant award. “We are grateful for Entergy’s additional contribution towards these educational materials. They are designed for traditional and non-traditional educators across the state so Arkansans can learn about and appreciate one of its most significant natural resources: its champion trees.”
The exhibit contains photo documentation and drawings of 18 selected Arkansas champion trees by Hot Springs artist Linda Williams Palmer who literally found her inspiration in the forests of Arkansas. The exhibit is designed to exemplify Arkansas’ natural and artistic heritage. “Growing Champion Classrooms” materials will be available to teachers who complete the professional development workshops associated with Project Learning Tree provided by the Arkansas Forestry Association, and Arkansas IDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools) provided by the Arkansas Educational Television Network. The exhibit began a tour of the state in September 2012 and will run through December 2014 (Information:
“The Arkansas champion trees exhibit has inspired renewed interest in Arkansas forests and preserving our natural heritage,” said exhibit project manager Barbara Satterfield. “Entergy’s continued support will assure that educators have excellent lesson plans to help them bring the topic of Arkansas champion trees to life in their classrooms.”
The Arkansas Committee of NMWA was founded in 1989 to ensure that female artists in Arkansas have the opportunity to present their work to audiences and to help them find mutual support through the Committee and other female artists. The Arkansas Committee has since been responsible for over 15 exhibitions featuring the work of Arkansas women artists and has awarded 13 scholarships and eight internships to emerging female artists and art students. The Arkansas Committee has sponsored Arkansas artist exhibits at the national museum in Washington, D.C., and has funded the conservation of seven pieces from its permanent collection. For more information about the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts visit
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.