Network that includes Arts and Science Center gets new director

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Discovery Network — which includes the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff — has announced Kathleen Lawson as its new director.

Lawson replaces Diane LaFollette, who now serves as executive director of the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs. Lawson served under LaFollette as assistant director and holds Masters of Public Administration and Bachelors of Social Work degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The Arkansas Discovery Network is a six-museum partnership, for which the Museum of Discovery serves as the statewide hub. In addition to the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, the other partners include: Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Texarkana Museums System, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro.

“The Arkansas Discovery Network is a critical resource in providing exhibits and professional development opportunities for the six museums that are partners in the network,” said Museum of Discovery CEO Kelley Bass. “Kathleen is the ideal choice as a director and will focus on helping the partners maximize the value the network delivers.”

The Arkansas Discovery Network began in 2006 with funding from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Since then, its partnering museums have served more than 2 million Arkansans, together, through programs, a mobile museum, teacher workshops and free access scholarships.