photograph by  Robert Holcomb Terra Design Photography

After a five month national search through the Arts Consulting Group, Arkansas Arts Academy is excited to share that Mr. Richard Burrows has been appointed as the new CEO of Arkansas Arts Academy!    

A national leader in non-profit arts, arts education and administration as well as culture and heritage advocacy, Mr. Burrows has worked at the local, state, national, and international level for over 40 years. His appointments include  K-12 public education, post-secondary institutions, governmental service, agency executive leadership, and community development.  

Mr. Burrows began his career as a dancer and choreographer who toured the world performing and teaching. This experience led to his tenured professor of dance position at The Ohio State University where he taught, presented, perfomed and supervised pre-service teachers, K-12 instructors, masters and doctoral students.  Burrows also served as the Director of Arts Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District for ten years where he implemented strategies to incorporate the fine arts into each grade at all 1,100 K-12 schools and for all 751,000 students. His most recent position was Director of Community Outreach & Engagement with The Historic Trust in Vancouver WA where he had oversight of successful services to the public to promote diverse participation in the past, present and future histories of the community.  

“We couldn’t be more delighted and thrilled for Mr. Burrows to lead us in our unique venture and adventure.  He was selected from many well-qualified national candidates in a rigorous review process with the assistance of a national search firm,” said Tony Beardsley, School Board President.

Burrows shares “This new position is the accumulative moment of all aspects of my career, and I am delighted to be a part of such a forward-thinking, dynamic and high quality institution like the Arkansas Arts Academy School District.” 

We look forward to Mr. Burrows joining Arkansas Arts Academy! He will be re-locating from Vancouver, Washington in the Pacific Northwest and begins his appointment as CEO September 14, 2020.