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The Jones Center Issues Call for Artists | Artist 3 60 Renewed | CACHE Announces Groundwaves(AR) Program for local Hip-hop Artists | A Celebration of NWA’s Creative Community
The Jones Center

A Call for Artists to Participate in Creative Redevelopment

The Jones Center and the renowned landscape architecture firm Civitas, Inc., invites artists whose practice involves public art, community engagement and an interest in working in public space to apply for a new project with an experimental approach to collectively determine future locations for public art on the 52-acre Jones Center campus redevelopment in Springdale, Arkansas.

The vision for The Jones Center redesign planning process is to bring artists and the design team, led by Civitas, together during planning stages. The aim is to produce integrated, community-responsive public art in this new park-like setting. Up to three (3) artists will be selected to work with the design team to collaboratively identify a set of locations and artistic mediums, possibly resulting in up to three (3) public art commissions.

Artists may apply individually or as small teams.

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Mid-America Arts Alliance

Artists 3 60 to Award $600k in Direct Grants to Local Artists

Over the course of the first three years, sixty artists of all disciplines—visual artists, poets, playwrights, and musicians, among others—were selected through a competitive process from an applicant pool of more than five hundred artists who were provided professional development training and awarded grants of $342,000.

Thanks to the extended support of the Walton Family Foundation, over the next iteration of Artists 360, $600,000 will be awarded through direct grants to artists, including $7,500 to each professional artist and $1,500 to student artists. Two additional granting categories will debut this year: Community Activator Grants will provide $15,000 awards to four artists or artist-led collectives yearly, and the Creative Impact Award will award $25,000 annually to an individual artist in the region.

Applications will open in June 2021 for the next cohort.

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Mid-America Arts Alliance

Artists 3 60 to Award $600k in Direct Grants to Local Artists

Over the course of the first three years, sixty artists of all disciplines—visual artists, poets, playwrights, and musicians, among others—were selected through a competitive process from an applicant pool of more than five hundred artists who were provided professional development training and awarded grants of $342,000.

Thanks to the extended support of the Walton Family Foundation, over the next iteration of Artists 360, $600,000 will be awarded through direct grants to artists, including $7,500 to each professional artist and $1,500 to student artists. Two additional granting categories will debut this year: Community Activator Grants will provide $15,000 awards to four artists or artist-led collectives yearly, and the Creative Impact Award will award $25,000 annually to an individual artist in the region.

Applications will open in June 2021 for the next cohort.

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CACHE

Open Mic and Mentorship Program Groundwaves Launches to Support Hip-Hop Artists

Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE) partnered with hip-hop artist and West Coast rapper Murs to launch Groundwaves(AR), a hip-hop open mic program. The free six-month program will develop, support and amplify the Northwest Arkansas hip-hop scene through performance and mentorship opportunities.

The Northwest Arkansas program kicks off on May 18, and rappers and MCs from across Arkansas and neighboring states are invited to sign-up for open mic sessions in front of a live audience. The artists who performed can sign-up for one-on-one mentorship sessions the following day with Murs to discuss artistic development, the business of music and more.

Groundwaves(AR) will run from May 18 through October 20 with open mic events on Tuesdays and one-on-one mentorship sessions on Wednesdays.

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CACHE

A Celebration of NWA’s Creative Community

To celebrate the launch of a new artist residency space, CACHE will host the inaugural ART PARTY on May 21 at the space with performances from several local artists and musicians.

Located at 1004 SE 5th Street in Bentonville, CACHE Studios is a collaborative shared space for Northwest Arkansas-based artists.

ART PARTY will feature a combination of livestream and in-person art events for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of CACHE Studios.

Livestream events begin at 9 a.m. as five artists participate in an all-day Iron Chef-style project constructing a #SelfieThrone – an interactive photography project that enables anyone with a smartphone to participate in portrait-making on a themed professional set.

The live, in-person portion kicks off at 6 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by live musical performances by Honey Collective, Joe Rinaldo Heffernan and BAANG.

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CACHE

A Celebration of NWA’s Creative Community

To celebrate the launch of a new artist residency space, CACHE will host the inaugural ART PARTY on May 21 at the space with performances from several local artists and musicians.

Located at 1004 SE 5th Street in Bentonville, CACHE Studios is a collaborative shared space for Northwest Arkansas-based artists.

ART PARTY will feature a combination of livestream and in-person art events for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of CACHE Studios.

Livestream events begin at 9 a.m. as five artists participate in an all-day Iron Chef-style project constructing a #SelfieThrone – an interactive photography project that enables anyone with a smartphone to participate in portrait-making on a themed professional set.

The live, in-person portion kicks off at 6 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by live musical performances by Honey Collective, Joe Rinaldo Heffernan and BAANG.

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Quick Fact: In Northwest Arkansas, the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $131.2 million industry—one that supports 4,647 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $14.3 million in local and state government revenue!

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