The Arkansas Arts Center is in the midst of a transformation, more than 80 years since it first opened.
The museum in Little Rock's MacArthur Park has undergone eight additions in its lifetime, but its original core still stands.
It'll be the centerpiece of the $70 million dollar re-imagining project, overseen by award-winning architecture and landscape design firms.
But overseeing it all is Dr. Victoria Ramirez, the new executive director of the Arkansas Arts Center.
A native of Cleveland, Ramirez is beginning her tenure in Arkansas as the center operates out of a temporary space in Little Rock's Riverdale neighborhood.
Ramirez spoke with the Arts Scene about her love of art, history and new beginnings. She also talks about how the center's day-to-day operations have continued as construction soldiers on, and ways Arkansans can still see parts of the museum's collection ahead of the new facility's opening.