Editorial Staff

A 700-seat multipurpose center, extensive genealogy services and a full-scale "innovation center" are just some of the additions that the Fayetteville Public Library envisions for its new location.

On June 25 demolition will begin on the former City Hospital just south of the library on Rock Street and School Avenue. Last summer, the FPL secured the $2 million land sale from Washington Regional Medical Center.

In the '90s, an industry  boom in Northwest Arkansas drew large numbers of Latinos to the area.  During that time a group of women, mostly Hispanic, joined together to encourage cross-cultural participation. Today, half of the State's Latino population resides in Northwest Arkansas and The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas continues to advocate for community engagement. 

Chris Knighten

While on sabbatical last year, University of Arkansas music professor Chal Ragsdale arranged a new edition of "Lads of Wamphray Ballad" - a long-neglected ballad from the eccentric Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Ragsdale, a leading scholar on Grainger, says his instrumentation and compositions were integral to the development of modern American band music. 

"[He] put forward a vision of what a band could be," Ragsdale says. "What his vision was is what the wind band became particularly after World War I and World War II on into Today." 

With 2018 marking 100 years since Leonard Bernstein's birth, many recording projects and concerts honor his legacy, including the intimate For Lenny from pianist Lara Downes. 

"We're living in a time when there's so much division and there's so much disconnect and I think people feel very isolated from each other and very confused about where our common ground is anymore," says Downes. "My experiece is that we can still find that through American music."

The Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter has been a haven for victims of abuse and violence for 30 years. The shelter not only provides resources for victims but also educates people about the cycle of violence, its larger implications and how to notice signs of domestic abuse through outreach programs. 

According to the shelter, one in 3 women and one in four men are victims of abuse. 

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