Walton Arts Center announced today Scott Galbraith will join the staff as Vice President of Programming and Executive Producer. Galbraith brings nearly 20 years of arts management experience to the Walton Arts Center leadership team.

“We are thrilled to have Scott join the Walton Arts Center. His depth and experience in the many facets of programming will add tremendous value to Walton Arts Center and help us continue to meet the artistic needs of our community,” said Peter B. Lane, president & CEO of Walton Arts Center. “As we enter into our 25th season, the range of programming Scott will oversee will include both presenting and producing and will continue a history of reaching the broadest spectrum of artistic expression. This is great news for the artists and audiences we serve.”

Most recently, Galbraith served as Vice President of Programming and Education at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla. He led the Center’s grand opening performances and hundreds of events in the Center’s first two seasons. He played a key role in the Center’s response to the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in June.

Prior to his position in Orlando, Galbraith was Vice President of Programming at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn. Galbraith supervised more than 250 events annually, benefiting the local economy by $35 million each year. He was called upon to train emerging arts leaders in China and speak at international conferences. A long-time member of the Broadway League, Galbraith is also a Tony® Award voter.
In addition to being a highly regarded arts presenter, Galbraith is also a successful producer, having created The Bushnell’s concert staging of The Music Man – A 50th Anniversary Tribute starring Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy. He also co-adapted and produced the world premiere of Warriors Don’t Cry, a dramatization of the Little Rock Nine memoir of the same name, and is co-founder of A Rising Tide Theatrical Group, an independent commercial production company currently preparing to tour the hilarious comedy Greater Tuna.

“Northwest Arkansas is known to be a culturally rich area that continues to be in a growth phase and I feel very fortunate to be joining the Walton Arts Center team at this juncture,” said Galbraith. “In particular, I look forward to increasing the Walton Arts Center’s in-house producing capability. In my experience, that allows an organization to be even more committed to its mission, more reflective of the community it serves, and less dependent on external producers.”

Strong advocates for the social, cultural, and economic benefits of the arts, Galbraith and his wife, Florence, an actress and non-profit arts administrator, are also advocates of domestic adoption of older children. Adoptive parents themselves, the couple helped train future foster and adoptive parents in non-traditional parenting techniques that benefit children with traumatic histories. The Galbraith’s daughter is studying psychology at Ithaca College, and their son, a recent high school graduate, is passionate about video game design and robotics.