Arkansas’ Fabulous Crystal Bridges Museum

Author: , June 9th, 2014

Crystal Bridges MuseumMarriage equality isn’t the only reason Arkansas is shaking up the South. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, located in Bentonville, Ark., was created by Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and heiress to the family’s multi-billion-dollar fortune. If we had the kind of money that is in her bank account, we would spend each and every day throwing piles of $100 bills into the air and giggling with glee.

However, Alice Walton is a better person than us, because she decided her hometown in Northwest Arkansas needed some culture, and she was going to bring it there herself. After she spent several years sharpening her skills as an art collector, she amassed what is arguably one of the most interesting and delightful collections of Colonial American to contemorary art found anywhere from sea to shining sea. And it’s open to the public for free, every day.

Walton is well-known for going against the grain in the ultra-conservative Christian social circles of her Bible Belt home. Although she donated large sums of money to Mitt Romney in 2012, she is already showing her Arkansas pride by writing checks to Hilary Clinton in 2016. She also hired an openly gay man, who has a stay-at-home partner and a child, to run Crystal Bridges. Insert “gasp” here.

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