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Often Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is seen as a Mexican equivalent of Halloween. But thanks to community organization and an art exhibit from the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale many are finding renewed interest in the holiday and its cultural significance, especially outside of Mexico. 

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Each year the Unexpected, a public art festival in Fort Smith slowly expands to reach new audiences. The murals- vibrant, graphic, comedic and arresting- creep from one building to the next along Garrison Avenue downtown.

After four years of international artists descending on this, as some say, 'sleepy' town the art is starting to have a lasting impact not only on the face of the city, but in the daily lives of its residents. 

Courtesy Shabana Kauser

How does a London native born to Pakistani immigrants end up moving to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to create detailed portraits adorned in elaborate duptta scarves painted in tribute to her rich cultural history? Find out, in this conversation with painter Shabana Kauser. 

Kat Wislon

Now in its third year, Inverse Performance Art takes over Northwest Arkansas with a dizzying array of performances from local, national and international artists. 

When founder Cynthia Post Hunt stopped by to discuss this year's events we learned that Inverse owes a lot to a giant edible cupcake Post Hunt created for her first performance. 

This week three Fayetteville venues host kick-off events for "Intersections: A Month of Art and Performance Supporting Women," a collaboration between women artists, musicians and other luminaries throughout Northwest Arkansas dedicated to supporting and illustrating their impact on local culture. 

"It's really celebrating and supporting anybody who identifies as a woman in many different sectors," says organizer Samantha Sigmon.