Kjelgaard wins 2018 Governorís Arts Award
Eureka Springs resident Peggy Kjelgaard has been named one of the recipients of the 2018 Governorís Arts Awards. Kjelgaard, who served as the executive director of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts for 10 years, led the way on developing a 10-year plan for the school and helped to raise and manage more than $2 million in operational and capital funding.
During her leadership, the campus expanded from one facility located on less than an acre to seven facilities on more than 50 acres. The school now offers more than 75 workshops in mediums that include metal, wood, leather, fiber, clay, glass, drawing and painting.
Kjelgaard has a doctorate degree in education. For 20 years, she instructed educators on developing a strong curriculum for the benefit of all learners, including the integration of the arts. She has served on various governing boards, including the Eureka Springs Arts Council, local school boards and the Writersí Colony at Dairy Hollow.