courtesy / NWA Ballet Theatre

The Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre is adapting William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for its first live performance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three shows are scheduled for March 12 and 13 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.  

This month, a virtual conference hosted by the Walton Family Foundation included a panel discussion about the region's growth and inclusivity. Allyson Esposito, the executive director of the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange, discussed how art can be used to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in the region.

The Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange, or CACHE, is seeking input from Northwest Arkansas creatives in a new survey. The new regional arts organization's Arts Resource Desk manager says, between the pandemic and racial justice movements, CACHE wants to know what the region's makers are experiencing in this moment and what they need to get through it. The survey, which is offered in English and Spanish, ends Feb. 10 and includes incentives.

Courtesy / Eureka Springs School of the Arts

The Windgate Foundation, in collaboration with the Arkansas Community Foundation, has established a $10 million endowment for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Established in 1998, the woodland arts and crafts campus, located in Carroll County, is a destination for over 500 students annually. 

As the pandemic continues, artists and arts venues press on. Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us the latest examples of socially-distanced arts and entertainment.

The Arkansas Arts Council will award up to nine $4,000 fellowships in three different arts categories. Deadline for application is April 10th.

Courtesy / The Boston Foundation

A new regional arts service organization is launching in Northwest Arkansas. It will be developed by the Northwest Arkansas Council and has backing from the Walton Family Foundation. While the organization doesn’t have a name, it does have an executive director. We speak with Allyson Esposito about her new position.

To assess the region's art and culture ecosystem, the Walton Family Foundation commissioned a study from SMU DataArts. According to the report, Northwest Arkansas’ arts community has offerings for nearly every audience and with the growth of internationally-recognized museums and other cultural amenities, the region is becoming more competitive with other American arts capitals. 

A report released this week shows millions of dollars are spent every year in Benton and Washington counties on arts and culture. Much of that money enters the region from outside the counties' borders.

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