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WASHINGTON — Artwork by Bentonville High School students is on display at the U.S. Department of Education until June 30.

The exhibit, titled “Museums: pARTners in Learning 2015,” features artwork created by students participating in museum art programs around the country.

Bentonville High School English teacher Josh Vest partnered with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on the 1984 Photographic Art Project, in which students had to visually communicate a scene from George Orwell’s 1984.

The Education Department’s student art program director, Jackye Zimmermann, said working with museums causes students to think about art on a different level.

“They are not only creating something visually, but they are thinking about it,” she said. “They have a lot of discussion with professionals, they learn about how to create art, they are learning how to translate literature into art. They learn a lot more than just clicking on a camera.”

The Arkansas artists are all 10th-graders who made digital prints: Chase Hunter, Catherine Nettle and Kassandra Gutierrez for their piece, Ratted Out in Room 101; Carmen Hedstrom and Jacey Elliott for their piece Winston’s World; Rachael Boysen, Elizabeth Perry and Emily Rosenau for their piece titled Red; and Emily Martin, Emma Berndt and Jordan Wineland for Death at the Cliff.

The prints are available online at:


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be in Iowa early this week. Monday she will attend an organizing event. On Tuesday, she will host a discussion at a small business named Bike Tech in Cedar Falls.

On Friday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was scheduled to attend a lunch at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.


U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, a Republican from Hot Springs, toured tornado damage on Monday with Gov. Asa Hutchinson. On Thursday, Westerman joined members of the Texas delegation in a moment of silence on the House floor to remember tornado victims in Nashville and in Texas.

Westerman spoke on the House floor Friday about the National Highway Trust Fund, which helps pay for maintaining highways and is set to expire soon.

U.S. Rep. French Hill, a Republican from Little Rock, met Wednesday with the Arkansas Realtors Association. He went to a cycling event Thursday, Bikers Inside the Beltway, and met with state Rep. Les Eaves, R-Searcy.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican from Jonesboro, spoke Wednesday with Dave Lomasney, president of MacLean-Fogg Fastener Components. The company’s Pocahontas plant makes aerospace fasteners.

Friday morning Crawford escorted Benny Magness of Mountain Home and the Magness family on a White House tour.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican from Rogers, gave a tour of the Capitol to Arkansas Tech students and faculty members and met with the Arkansas Realtors on Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Dardanelle, met Tuesday with employees of the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana and Elizabeth Bowles from Little Rock with Wireless Internet Service Providers Association. While celebrating his 38th birthday Wednesday, he spoke with U.S. Bank Arkansas President Michael Shelley from Little Rock. He also spoke on the Senate floor about new reports of sarin gas found in Syria.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John Boozman, a Republican from Rogers, sat down with Arkansans visiting Washington with the American Heart Association; with Jennifer Necessary of Rogers, visiting with the Arkansas chapter of the ALS Association, and leaders of the Arkansas National Guard. Wednesday he met with state Rep. Matthew Pitsch, D-Fort Smith, to talk about highway funding, and Thursday he met with Wes Spikes of BASF Jonesboro who was in Washington with the Southern Crop Production Association.


Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas professor of education reform, testified Thursday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Wolf is the principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project, which conducted a review of the D.C. voucher program, the first federally funded voucher program. It provides scholarships of up to $8,000 for elementary school and $12,000 for high school to low-income residents to send their children to participating private schools.


Fauxsee Innovations in Magnolia has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research Program to help it provide safe rural transportation for the blind.


Former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Alabama’s former chief deputy attorney general, Kevin Turner, will work together as advisers for businesses interacting with state attorneys general.

The two former politicians work for Venable LLP, which issued a news release.

“It’s critical for businesses to have access to advisers with current first-hand understanding of the issues and processes that can drive an investigation or enforcement action by a state AG’s office,” Pryor said in the release. “And these actions frequently occur on a multistate level, with companies facing challenges from multiple AGs working in coordinated fashion, and often in competition with federal regulators.”

Pryor was elected Arkansas’ attorney general in 1998 before serving in Congress.

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