Effort to explore art space opportunities in Northwest Arkansas

Posted: January 27, 2018 at 1:10 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Artist Shawna Elliott paints Thursday at 1 Seventeen Create in Springdale. The space features artists’ work space as well as gallery and exhibition space. The Walton Family Foundation has partnered with national nonprofit group Artspace on a $400,000 grant to develop space for artists and creatives to live, work, exhibit and perform. Artspace will lead public meetings centered around arts-driven economic development and conduct a feasibility and market study for Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville, as well as tour prospective sites for development.

Kat Wilson, an artist with a small studio inside a Quonset hut in downtown Fayetteville, said she searched all over Northwest Arkansas before settling on her space.

Kickoff meeting

Artspace will hold a public forum to offer insight about what the creative sector is missing, collect feedback about potential sites and look at fresh ideas to serve the needs of Springdale. Ideas can include live/work housing, co-working spaces, shared spaces, gallery space and other arts-related concepts.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main St., Springdale

For more information, call 236-4256 or email kelly@downtownspringdale.org.

Source: Downtown Springdale Alliance

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER A bust is on display Thursday at 1 Seventeen Create in Springdale.

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