Mrs. Ley became Chief Executive Officer of Arkansas Arts Academy on July 1, 2014. She was previously the Executive Director of Communications and Community Partnerships for Bentonville Public Schools. Her experience also includes being the Special Projects Director in Colorado Springs School District 11, where she and her team flipped two failing schools into successful STEM schools. Mrs. Ley also has 28 years of experience teaching visual arts.
Darlene joined Benton County School of the Arts High School in August, 2007, as the HS Kitchen Manager. She attended UCA in the summers of 2009 & 2010 completing Part I & II Child Nutrition Certification. She was named Child Nutrition Director for the district in 2010, when a kitchen was added at the Elementary Middle School Campus. She completed her Child Nutrition Directorship Training in 2011 at UCA in Conway.
Prior to joining Arkansas Arts Academy, Darlene spent 19 years in the corporate sector and over 10 years as a Vice President/Realtor in Northwest Arkansas.
Aaron Jones is the Arts Integration Specialist at Arkansas Arts Academy and the education liaison with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Before he began his position with us he served as the Interpretation Manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Aaron is an art educator. His experience ranges from teaching public schools at the K-12 level to being a university professor teaching studio, art history and art education. In addition to his museum and arts education background, he's also an artist working primarily in acrylics, watercolor and ink.
Aaron has a Bachelor’s degree in studio with an emphasis in painting and certification in art education K-12 from Oklahoma Baptist University. Aaron additionally holds a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Oklahoma.