What's New

What's New

Meet Our New Director

Arkansas Arts Council - Monday, January 30, 2017

We would like to welcome Patrick Ralston, who has taken the reins as the new director of the Arkansas Arts Council. Marian Boyd, who has served as the interim director, has taken on a new role as interim director of Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in state government, having worked as a senior legislative analyst for the Bureau of Legislative Research and the Arkansas House of Representatives. He was also assistant director of Arkansas Historic Preservation Program from 2000-2006. He has held leadership roles in various organizations including the North Little Rock History Commission and the National Conference of State Legislators. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of public administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.