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Inspiration, in the form of influencing ambient elements, is heavy in the air at Wildwood Park for the Arts. The wooded oasis in western Pulaski County is centered on the idea that natural, organic surroundings foster artistic endeavors of all sorts. That connection comes into sharp focus with Wildwood Park’s exhibition Inspired by Wildwood, which runs June 5 through August 2. Young artists from North Little Rock high schools spent a day in March taking ideas from their surroundings at Wildwood Park and used their sketches, photographs and interactions with the park to develop finished pieces. The students are part of a collaboration between Argenta Art Connection, an after school and summer visual arts work program, and Wildwood Park. As Art Connection’s executive director Hollie Lewis puts it, “All of the things we do—peer critique, teen leadership opportunities and professional development outings—are meant to propel these teens into leaders. We are hoping that we have equipped them with the 21st century skills that are needed for college, work and life.” Inspired by Wildwood was scheduled for the summer months in order to coincide with the Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts (WAMA), which will host over 100 students ages 6 through 18 from June 9-July 31. WAMA students will be surrounded by the work of Art Connections’ artists

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