Getting Involved.

Crystal Bridges also offers a unique young patrons program, Artinfusion. Artinfusion is an affinity group designed to provide social networking and art experiences, especially for Crystal Bridges members ages 21 to 40s. Artinfusion offers events like Black Hearts Ball, art talks, art-making activities, live music, gallery tours, and specialty food and drink.

There are several great maker spaces for artists of all mediums who are looking to improve their craft. Community Creative Center provides a full spectrum of visual arts classes to children and adults along with specialized workshops, summer, after school and intersession arts camps, and gallery and studio space for local artists.

The New Design School offers certificates and courses in graphic design if you’re looking to further your craft or expand your arts education. The University of Arkansas and NorthWest Arkansas Community College are good resources for continued arts education.

In addition, all theaters welcome volunteers, which can be a great way to meet people.

Performing Arts.

If you’re someone who’d prefer to be at a Broadway show, symphony, or another form of performing arts, the wonderful opportunities to enjoy the arts in Northwest Arkansas are hard to match. Theaters of all sizes welcome diverse, world-class performances throughout the region.

Under the direction of Steven Byess, The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) provides professional performance opportunities for local musicians, educational concerts for young people, and an after school string program.

Walton Arts Center is Northwest Arkansas’ leading performing art center, located in Fayetteville. The center which opened in 1990, completed an impressive $23 million renovation in 2016.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas also performs at Walton Arts Center. The symphony is a fantastic part of regional arts offerings.

TheatreSquared, a regional professional theatre, is another important part of our performing arts community. In 2011, Fayetteville-based TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theaters. A permanent home for the theatre company is being built in Fayetteville.

There are fantastic, smaller theaters across the region, including Arkansas Public Theatre in Rogers, the Sager Creek Arts Center in Siloam Springs, the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale and Trike Theatre in Bentonville.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The permanent collection at Crystal Bridges includes pieces by Roy LichtensteinJohn Singer SargentNorman RockwellAndy WarholRoger Edward KuntzGeorgia O’Keefe and other world-renowned artists.

The museum sits above Crystal Springs, in the heart of an Ozark forest. Walking trails wind around the grounds with the purpose of encouraging museum-goers to experience art and nature simultaneously. Along the trails you’ll see wonderful installations such as Robert Indiana’s “Love.”

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is an incredible cultural force located in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s one of the most significant museums to open in the U.S. in the past decade. Famed art historian John Wilmerding has said Crystal Bridges’ “quality and its range and depth already place it among one of the very best.”

Crystal Bridges announced the appointment of Lieven Bertels as director of an innovative arts venue under development in downtown Bentonville. The venue, named The Momentary, is an adaptive reuse project that will transform a former Kraft Foods plant south of Crystal Bridges into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts and an artist-in-residency program.

“The Momentary is poised to be an international destination that demonstrates how contemporary American art and artists intersect with daily life around the globe. The Momentary will push boundaries of creativity, blur urban and rural lines, and provide access to arts-based experiences in a comfortable and well-designed social space. This is a truly exciting project not just for the region but for arts communities at large.”

Lieven Bertels