Over the weekend, Downtown Bentonville distributed $13,000 in vouchers to customers to spend at participating retailers during the Shop the Block event. The initiative aims to boost revenue at businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year.
This week, the Walton Family Foundation unveiled its plan for working with foundations and nonprofits during the next five-year grantmaking cycle. The strategy coincides with a conference the foundation hosted, virtually, that ended today. The plan places a priority on three goals: championing community-driven change, collaboration with partners and placing specific attention on diversity, equity and inclusion in its grants.
At the very end of 2020, The Holler at 8th Street Market in Bentonville announced it would be closing because of the pandemic's impact on the business, but it's possible it may reopen in the future. In the meantime, the space will be occupied by California-based Loanpal until the company can find a permanent location.
Diana Al-Hadid: Ash in the Trade Winds debuts at the Momentary today. It joins two other exhibitions featuring works by Sarah Cain and Derrick Adams that opened in February. Admission is free to all three exhibits. Tickets are not required, but the Momentary is operating at reduced capacity.
Like so many other arts organizations, TheatreSquared has had to adapt to operating during a pandemic. Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tells us about how the new T2 season combines live and virtual theater.