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​ Lattimore Joins Arts Council Advisory Board

Arkansas Arts Council - Friday, March 20, 2020

Ricky LattimorePastor Ricky Lattimore, of McGehee, is the newest member of the Advisory Council for the Arkansas Arts Council.

“I wanted to be on the board because I am a lover of art,” Lattimore said.

Lattimore will represent District 8, which covers Cleveland to Desha counties and Arkansas County down to Ashley County. The position had been vacant until recently, when Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Lattimore. The district’s last representative was Kandi Keith.

The eight-member board is appointed by the governor and meets quarterly. Council members review Arkansas Arts Council activities and information and represent the arts and arts endeavors in their respective districts.

This past February, board members traveled to El Dorado to tour the Murphy Arts District. Lattimore said the experience showcased how the arts can revive communities. “I loved it,” Lattimore said. “I thought it was amazing.”

Lattimore, whose term will expire June 30, said he is excited to be part of the board and to help support and strengthen the arts in Arkansas.

Lattimore was born in McGehee and has lived there his entire life, except for the three years he spent in the military. He has a background in politics and ran as a Republican against Rep. Mark McElroy in 2017. Lattimore is minority chairman for District 1 of the GOP. He also is a member of the Black History Commission of Arkansas, which is a governor-appointed commission under the Arkansas State Archives.

Lattimore has a long history as an arts lover, orator, teacher, politician, advocate and minister. He lives by his favorite quote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” by Frederick Douglass.

He also has been a pastor for about 25 years and ministers at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. He has 16-plus years of experience working with at-risk youth and as an expert in gangs and other criminal organizations. He is a liaison and gang expert for law enforcement and the juvenile court system, where he worked for 10 years. He ministers in prisons, specifically at the Delta Regional Unit, and he operates programs to help people access food, house goods and clothing.

“I’m involved in a whole lot,” Lattimore said, adding that he believes in being a public servant and having compassion toward all people.

Lattimore is interested in all aspects of his community. He is part of the disaster relief team for Chicot and surrounding counties, was a McGehee city councilman for four terms and is part of the Delta Regional Economic Advancement Mission, which works to improve the quality of life and economy of communities in the Delta region.

He has been married 39 years to his wife Judy and has three adult children: Tamara, 34, Andre, 36, and Rick, 38.

As part of the Advisory Council, Lattimore plans to promote the arts in his district and let residents know about programs, grants and creative arts services that are available through the Arkansas Arts Council. Many people don’t know what opportunities are available and what the arts cover, he said.

“I want to make people more aware of the arts,” Lattimore said. “I just want to be able to continue to educate people about the arts.”