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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Karis Roland (left), 7, of Rogers and cousin Cadence Chambers, 8, of Springdale dance during a choreography exercise March 19 during the "Broadway in Bentonville" spring break day camp at Trike Theatre in Bentonville. Kindergarten through 6th grade students develop their acting, singing and dancing skills studying a popular Broadway musical each day of the camp.

BENTONVILLE -- A new regional arts service organization will help expand access to arts, culture and heritage in Northwest Arkansas, according to a news release.

The need for the currently unnamed organization was initially recognized by the Walton Arts Center and was later reinforced by a 2015 WolfBrown study that was funded by the Walton Family Foundation, said Luis Gonzalez, foundation representative. The organization will be incubated as it continues to develop with the support of the Northwest Arkansas Council.

The organization will serve as a means for collaboration for the area arts community, according to the release.

The organization will focus on leadership development, regional communications, professional development, small-scale grants and advocacy, the release said.

The group will also create a strategic plan to attract and retain practicing artists and cultural organizations of all sizes and disciplines.

"We are committed to elevating and supporting every member of the Northwest Arkansas' arts and culture ecosystem," Karen Minkel, the foundation's Home Region Program director, said in the release. "Whether they're artists, community-based cultural groups or art institutions, this new organization will help ensure all these elements thrive."

This story was updated to correct where the idea for the regional arts service organization came from.

NW News on 07/12/2019

Print Headline: Regional arts organization to connect Northwest Arkansas arts community

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