Lenore Shoults, executive director of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, was the speaker for the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women's Association monthly meeting recently held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
Lenore Shoults, executive director of the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, was the speaker for the DuBocage Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association monthly meeting recently held at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
Shoults has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Rutgers, where she was in the first class that allowed females there, and she holds a teaching certification for K-12th grades but did not want to be in the classroom. She grew up in New York City but moved to Arkansas after marrying her husband who is from Arkansas. She has one daughter.
Shoults spoke about her colorful and varied career choices. Her first career was theatrical costuming in Atlantic City, the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Broadway show tours across the United States. She could take a picture and make a dress like it, which helped her in her work when creating costumes. Her next career was here in Arkansas as a small business owner of a gourmet foods company and a graphic design business. When her daughter went to college, she sold both businesses and went to graduate school. She earned a master of science degree in mass communications and a doctorate in heritage studies from Arkansas State University. Part of her doctoral work included museum studies, which led to a job as assistant director of Arkansas State University Museum, which is part of the Arkansas Discovery Network. The Arts & Science Center is also a member of the Arkansas Discovery Network, which led to Shoults’ awareness that the Arts & Science Center was seeking a new director.
During her varied careers, Shoults learned there are no excuses, always be on time, the show must go on, money flies out but trickles in, when opportunity knocks drop everything to answer, always do a good job especially if no one else wants to do it, set the bar high and walk tall, never give up no matter how hard, and just because it sounds like a good idea to you doesn’t mean it is. One very interesting time in her different careers, she was Lauren Bacall’s dresser and toured with her for six months. This came about just from her handing Bacall a purse just right.
Shoults considers the Arts & Science center a jewel in the roll of informal learning in childhood education. She said there are a lot of cool things at the Arts Center now like the tinkering shop, a hands on exhibit for kids of all ages. This summer the Arts Center will present the musical ‘Hairspray’. This is based on the Buddy Deane Show in Baltimore, Md., that aired 1957 to 1964. There will also be a Buddy Deane documentary of his TV show.
During the business meeting two guests were introduced, Ruth Ann Norton from Pine Bluff National Bank, and Cathy Coffman from St. Vincent Health Services. Membership chairman Ruth Morris installed Christy Bush, a new member sponsored by Dewanna Walters. Bush is employed with Simmons First National Corporation as an officer, technology auditor II and is married to Mike and has three sons.
Scholarship chairman Rana McClain reported that both scholarship recipients are in good standing and have kept their grades up. The chapter will contine sponsoring them. The chapter voted to change the July meeting from the first Tuesday, July 3, to the second Tuesday, July 10.
Mary Coburn won the dollars pot. Ruth Morris won the door prize. Christy Bush won the birthday gift.