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by Rachel Herzog | January 26, 2020 at 2:24 a.m.

Public arts role in cities talk's focus

Arkansas entrepreneur Steve Clark will give a lecture titled "The Role of Public Art in Creative Placemaking" in Little Rock on Feb. 11.

Clark is the founder of 64.6 Downtown, an organization dedicated to creating vibrant spaces in downtown Fort Smith through art and community development. One of those projects is the award-winning The Unexpected, an event that draws urban and contemporary art to Arkansas.

His lecture will focus on "how communities can create the kind of city they want to live in," according to a news release from the Architecture and Design Network. The event is an installment in the 2019-20 June Freeman Lecture series presented by the local nonprofit.

The talk is scheduled for 6 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception at the Windgate Center of Art + Design, on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus, at 2801 S. University Ave. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Eckford to speak in Clinton series

Elizabeth Eckford, one of nine black students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, will speak at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on Wednesday.

Eckford and other members of the Little Rock Nine received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, in 1998. Eckford published a book in 2018 about her experience, The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High.

Her talk is part of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service's lecture series. It is presented in partnership with the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.

The program will begin at 5 p.m., and doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Wally Allen Ballroom.

All Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. To reserve seats, email [email protected] or call (501) 683-5239. The program will also be live-streamed at

Meeting on tap on Briarwood project

The city will hold a public meeting Monday to educate residents of Little Rock's Briarwood subdivision on continuing drainage ditch improvements.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatic Center at 300 S. Monroe St.

Representatives from the civil engineering division of the city's Public Works Department will discuss the project and hear public input. The project is in Ward 3.

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