Longtime WAC programming director to retire

For years, Jenni Taylor Swain has shaped the lineup of shows that graced Fayetteville’s biggest stage.

Now, after 25 years with the Walton Arts Center, Taylor Swain announced she will retire from her position as Vice President of Programming.

The announcement came from a press release issued Tuesday:

Twenty-five years ago I was hired to start the education program for a new arts center opening in Fayetteville. I will never forget my first day of work when I met Helen Walton for the first time and walked the construction site with her as Walton Arts Center was rising from the ground. Last week, I walked a similar path to see the steel being installed in the lobby for the renovation project. It has been an incredible journey as part of Walton Arts Center’s founding and growth and I am deeply grateful for the privilege of being part of the organization.

No reason was given for Taylor Swain’s retirement, but she said the plan is to continue to “explore, innovate and create” in whatever she does next.

Walton Arts Center president and CEO Peter Lane lauded her accomplishments during her time with the organization.

“Jenni has been the heart of all programs at Walton Arts Center and positioned Northwest Arkansas as a major destination for artists from all over the world,” he said. “As we look toward the future, we hope to build upon her legacy that has impacted millions of attendees and set the trajectory for artistic growth in Northwest Arkansas.”

Taylor Swain will officially step down in June 2016.