Peter Lane, the president and CEO of the Walton Arts Center, sent an email to employees on Tuesday in which he emphasized in bold and underlined letters that the center has not banned drag shows and does not exclude minors from attending drag shows.
With nine members out the door, about two-thirds of the board remains.
In the new statement, the Walton Arts Center said it regrets that the decision has upset many in the community, and claimed that was not the organization’s intention. It said it welcomed feedback from the community, but subsequently turned off its social media comments on the statement announcement.
The decision the Walton Arts Center made to restrict drag performances where children are present has people up in arms, to say the least. The company framed it as a safety precaution based on “divisive politics,” but some are saying the decision is inherently political.
Northwest Arkansas Pride will not hold any official events inside the Walton Arts Center for the state’s largest celebration of the queer community, NWA Pride Director Richard Gathright said Wednesday.