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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy Photo/WHEELER KEARNS ARCHITECTS This artist's conception shows the north end of the old Kraft Plant with a small addition to a loading dock.

BENTONVILLE -- Walmart will donate $2 million to the Momentary, an arts venue that is in the works near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, according to a news release.

In 2016, Crystal Bridges announced plans to transform a 63,000 square-foot Kraft Foods plant into a multi-disciplinary space for visual, performing, and culinary arts, as well as an artist residency program, the release states.

The money will cover general admission to visitors and initiatives such as festivals, exhibitions and artist programs, according to the news release.

"The Walton Family Foundation is supporting this project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. Our commitment to cultivating arts and cultural experiences provides more opportunities for education, engagement, and enjoyment in our region," Tom Walton said in the news release.

The Momentary is expected to open in 2020 with preview concert in the fall of 2019.

"Wheeler Kearns Architects, based in Chicago, is overseeing the adaptive re-use project. Design and site work is now complete, with the new construction phase underway. Spaces are being transformed to include galleries, studio space for artists, a small black box theater, kitchen, café, rooftop bar and flexible indoor gathering areas as well as an outdoor space for concerts, festivals and community events," according to the news release.

NW News on 09/14/2018

Print Headline: Walmart donates to arts venue opening 2020

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