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For Freedoms Community Conversation » Freedom from Fear
In honor of our newest temporary exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… and the ongoing efforts of For Freedoms, Crystal Bridges presents a series of four community conversations to deepen our understanding of issues affecting Northwest Arkansas communities.
We invite you to participate in these conversations with a diverse group of local speakers including artists, city officials, and community leaders in the sharing of personal stories and work in relation to the topic. Each event will focus on one of the four freedoms, asking universal questions to spark conversation such as: “What does truth mean to you? What does an adequate standard of living mean to you? What does safety mean to you? What does love mean to you?”
The stories shared in this program are meant to bring different voices from the community in a shared non-partisan space. All are welcome to participate and we ask you to come with a spirit of reciprocity.
In this Community Conversation:
Freedom from Fear will be viewed through the frame of “What does safety mean to you?” Speakers and audience members will be asked to recall a time when you first understood what safety meant, and to reflect on how that experience helped frame the way you saw/see the world. Universal questions may include: When does censorship keep people safe versus infringing on other people’s freedoms? What about those who are afraid of the people that are supposed to keep them safe? Who deserves to feel safe and who decides what that looks like?
This conversation will be led by the following speakers:
- Gabby Arroyo, NWACC student and Latin X theater artist
- Greg Hines, Mayor of Rogers
- Hayes Minor, Rogers Chief of Police
- Mother Sara Milford, All Saints’ Episcopal Church
- Carlos Amargos, Rogers Public Schools ESOL office
This event is free with online registration and registered attendees will receive a FREE admission ticket to Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… at the event. The programs will be moderated by fellows from the University of Arkansas IDEALS Institute.
Please note that a Crystal Bridges member will be taking photos and videos at this event. This footage may be used for internal purposes, such as promoting the next event or archiving. If you would prefer not to be photographed or recorded, you may opt out at the event.
Gabby Arroyo is a student at Northwest Arkansas Community College. She is also currently an ensemble member of the Latinx Theatre Project, and a mentor for the LIFE program at NWACC. She is the youngest of three sisters and her family is from Michoacán, Mexico.
Mayor Greg Hines was sworn in as the 40th Mayor of Rogers on January 1, 2011. In two terms, Hines has successfully passed two bond elections bringing $375 million dollars in capital improvements to the City, helped bring an ISO 1 rating to the fire department and accreditation to all public safety departments within the City as well as the museum and oversaw the construction or renovation of dozens of projects, including the renovation of historic Lake Atalanta, construction of the modern aquatic park and sports complex, and a significant amount of improved streets and trails.
Chief Hayes Minor has worked for the Rogers Police Department since 1994 when he started as a patrolman. Through the years he was promoted through the various ranks and became the Chief of Police in February of 2015. He is a graduate of John Brown University with a BS in Organizational Management, graduated from the 243rd session of the FBI National Academy, attended the US Secret Service’s Dignitary Protection Seminar and graduated from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.
Mother Sara Milford returned to Bentonville to serve as Vicar of All Saints’ Episcopal in July 2017. She and her husband Casey have four children: two in college, one at Bentonville West, and one at Fulbright Jr. High. A life rooted in faith motivates Rev. Milford to pursue contemplation and advocate for social justice issues in the Church and in the community.
Carlos Amargos As the Outreach & Engagement Specialist for RPS, Carlos Amargos supports our English Learners’ academic development and social-emotional growth. The student outreach and engagement specialist works to ensure the success of English Learners by building cohesive, collaborative, and comprehensive networks engaging school and community stakeholders. These networks will align to support students and families.
Photo credit: PHOTOGRAPHS BY HANK WILLIS THOMAS + EMILY SHUR. COURTESY OF FOR FREEDOMS.