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Something for all skill levels — from novice to advanced makers, fashion design enthusiasts and experts plus amateur and professional graphic designers/artists

Makers

Arkansas Makers Summit

The Scott Family Amazeum is hosting the third statewide Maker Summit, presented by the Windgate Foundation, on Thursday, Jan. 30 in downtown Springdale. The Maker Summit aims to empower people of all walks of life—from educators and entrepreneurs to creatives and executives and everyone in between—to further explore the impact of the maker mindset. All who are interested in the maker movement such as teachers, out of school time educators, public libraries, makers, creatives, entrepreneurs, business leaders and workforce developers are invited to attend the Arkansas Maker Summit and help build this burgeoning community together. Advanced registration and payment required.

The keynote speaker will be Dale Dougherty, CEO and founder of Maker Media, Make Magazine and Maker Faire, and founding board member of the Maker Education Initiative.

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Designers

Divinity from the Discarded: A Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Exhibition

The Walton Arts Center is challenging local artists and makers to submit their own garments, made from upcycled, recycled or found objects, to be evaluated and judged by a member of the Once on This Island creative team. A select number of winning designs will be showcased at Walton Arts Center from Feb. 3-17.

Open to all artists 18 and older either living, studying or working in the state of Arkansas. Submissions due by Jan. 27. at 11:59 p.m.

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

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Designers

Divinity from the Discarded: A Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Exhibition

The Walton Arts Center is challenging local artists and makers to submit their own garments, made from upcycled, recycled or found objects, to be evaluated and judged by a member of the Once on This Island creative team. A select number of winning designs will be showcased at Walton Arts Center from Feb. 3-17.

Open to all artists 18 and older either living, studying or working in the state of Arkansas. Submissions due by Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

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Designers

Apron Upcycling Workshop

Join Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum on Sunday, Feb. 9. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its first Upcycling Workshop. Participants will learn how to upcycle once-loved clothing to give it new life.

In this class, Carolyn will teach students how to upcycle a dress into an apron perfect for everyday use. Feel free to bring your own dress that you would like to upcycle or choose from one of the dresses provided.

This class is perfect for beginners who want the chance to think creatively about how to repurpose unworn items in their closet to reuse again.

The Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum exists to provide educational opportunities and professional support for aspiring avant-garde fashion designers, artists, and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant and inspired creative fashion community in Arkansas.

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For those interested in other aspects of the fashion world, the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum is hosting an Intro to Modeling Workshop on Jan. 26 and an Introduction to Backstage Production Workshop on Jan. 28. These events are both free and open to the public.
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Graphic Artists

AIGA NWA Town Hall Revisited

The American Institute for Graphic Artists is the largest professional association of designers in the world. The local chapter, AIGA NWA, is active and works to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force here in Northwest Arkansas.

Recently, AIGA NWA held a Town Hall to invite members to give feedback on what to start/stop/continue in 2020. What is clear from the initial results is that AIGA NWA has big plans for another amazing year. If you are interested in becoming a member or getting involved, learn more below.

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Graphic Artists

AIGA NWA Town Hall Revisited

The American Institute for Graphic Artists is the largest professional association of designers in the world. The local chapter, AIGA NWA, is active and works to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force here in Northwest Arkansas.

Recently, AIGA NWA held a Town Hall to invite members to give feedback on what to start/stop/continue in 2020. What is clear from the initial results is that AIGA NWA has big plans for another amazing year. If you are interested in becoming a member or getting involved, learn more below.

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Graphic Artists

Buffalo National River Logo Contest

Lastly, the Buffalo National River will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2022. This anniversary will be promoted and celebrated throughout the park and surrounding communities starting in January 2022. In order to put those plans in motion, a logo is needed for educational, promotional, and marketing pieces. To that end, the Buffalo National River 50th Committee, which includes Buffalo National River, Buffalo National River Partners and other partners, is sponsoring the BNR 50th Celebration Logo Contest.

The winner of the logo contest will receive $1,000 and will be announced via press release, on the park and BNRP websites/social media sites with primary announcement and prize award at the Concert in the Park at Steel Creek in June.

BNRP’s mission is to support the goals and purposes of Buffalo National River. By providing financial resources, advocacy, technical assistance and volunteers to the park, they assist in the purpose to preserve the unique and cultural features, educate visitors and improve facilities of Buffalo National River.

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