arts and culture

Courtesy / Crystal C. Mercer

In her latest book, From Cotton to Silk: The Magic of Black Hair, artist, activist and author Crystal C. Mercer's uses hand-sewn images to tell a story of family, culture and acceptance. She takes part in a virtual storytime with Two Friends Books in Bentonville this Saturday at 10 a.m. via Instagram.

The Writers' Colony At Dairy Hollow

In this Community Spotlight, Pete Hartman interviews Michelle Hannon, the Executive Director at The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow to discuss their latest fellowship. The newest fellowship aims to help authors seeking to express their love for nature, and the environment. To learn about their latest fellowship, go here.  

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 / Joëlle Storet

After a series of setbacks this year, local artist collective Art Ventures NWA is set to hire its first executive director. The position will be funded by a $197,800 grant from the Windgate Foundation.

The Fayetteville Comic Show, a two-day event that starts on Feb. 29, will feature an array of artists, actors and cosplayers that includes Marvel editor Jim Shooter and some of the cast of Twin Peaks. Attendees can expect panel discussions and Q&A sessions, as well as autograph and photo opportunities with celebrity guests.

Courtesy / Krish Mohan

Philadelphia-based comedian Krish Mohan says his new stand up show Politely Angry is meant to point out the ridiculous in divisive issues like race, religion and politics. He explains his socially-conscious brand of comedy ahead of his shows with Comedians NWA on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Nomads in Fayetteville and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Black Apple Crossing in Springdale.

Courtesy Northwest Arkansas Community College

The theme of this year's Spring Arts and Culture Festival at Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is "Home."  

"It's not just where you lay your head, but also the private space that you have as well as the notion of losing that space, of body as home, of alienation," says Matt Evans, a political science professor at NWACC and organizer of the festival. "Home is broadly construed in this theme."

The Northwest Arkansas Community College's Spring Arts and Culture Festival will take place next week. Pete speaks with Matt Evans on what will be taking place.