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The cold weather has arrived…but December has delivered a hot streak of news and announcements coming out of the Northwest Arkansas arts scene. Did you catch them all? 
Downtown Springdale Alliance

Mural Incentive Program

The Downtown Springdale Alliance, through generous grant funding from the Walton Family Foundation, is providing an incentive program to create murals in downtown Springdale.

Applications submitted with pictures of the wall proposed for a mural, a selected artist, a conceptual drawing of the desired mural, and a 1:1 match or more will be given priority for consideration. The second consideration will be given to the property owner(s) that would like to make an exterior wall available for a mural along with a 1:1 match. Third consideration will be given to an artist submitting a concept or rendering of a mural and funding to support the work without a specific location.

They’re accepting applications from local artists and from downtown property owners through January 15, 2021.

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#ARkanvas

Kevin Lyons' Monsters Arrive in Downtown Bentonville

The ninth of twelve public artworks in the #ARkanvas initiative can be seen in the alleys of downtown Bentonville! Kevin Lyons signature “Monster” characters have appeared on murals around the world including at Pow! Wow! Hawaii / Japan / Long Beach; Murals in the Market Detroit; Life is Beautiful, Las Vegas; Coachella; Colette in Paris; Milan Design Week; Mural Arts, Raleigh, NC; and at Stussy in Japan—and now you can find nine of them gracing the walls in the alleys of downtown Bentonville.

The #ARkanvas project is brought to you by OZ Art NWA and curated by Justkids in partnership with The Unexpected. Of the twelve public artworks going up across the state, six will call Northwest Arkansas home. Learn more below.

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#ARkanvas

Kevin Lyons' Monsters Arrive in Downtown Bentonville

The ninth of twelve public artworks in the #ARkanvas initiative can be seen in the alleys of downtown Bentonville! Kevin Lyons signature “Monster” characters have appeared on murals around the world including at Pow! Wow! Hawaii / Japan / Long Beach; Murals in the Market Detroit; Life is Beautiful, Las Vegas; Coachella; Colette in Paris; Milan Design Week; Mural Arts, Raleigh, NC; and at Stussy in Japan—and now you can find nine of them gracing the walls in the alleys of downtown Bentonville.

The #ARkanvas project is brought to you by OZ Art NWA and curated by Justkids in partnership with The Unexpected. Of the twelve public artworks going up across the state, six will call Northwest Arkansas home. Learn more below.

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OZCast NWA

Six Episodes and Counting!

The sixth episode of the OZCast experimental digital series dropped on Wednesday, December 9! OZCast is a weekly online variety show built by creatives, for creatives and for the folks who support them.

Episode Six: When I First Saw The Solider, opens with a reading by Jacob Stratman’s “What I Have to Offer with Two Hands;” weaves us in and out of Leah Grant’s collages of scanned prints and digital images representing portals of self-reflection; teases us with a juxtaposition between reality and the virtual world through an excerpt from LatinX Theatre Project’s play “Heroes and Monsters;” provides insight from Ariel Jackson into how the confederate statue that sat in the middle of the Bentonville square could manipulate the feeling of a place; and partners poetry with footage of the early hours in a global pandemic morning with Damen Washington’s “Isolation.”

Weekly episodes can be found at www.ozcast.art Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

https://www.ozcast.art/episodes
Artists 360

Artists 360 Announces Final Year of Artist Awards

Twenty more artists from Northwest Arkansas received grant funding in the final round of awards from the program. Artists 360 was launched in 2018 as a three-year pilot program providing grant funding and professional development opportunities to individual artists of all disciplines throughout Northwest Arkansas.

With this round of awards, a total of $342,000 has now been awarded to 60 artists. Project grants range in discipline from literary, performing, and visual arts, ranging from mixed media to photography to sculpture, and more.

As an example, artist Kholoud Sawaf will use the grant to create and produce an immersive evening of multi-sensory cultural exchange for local and national audiences. The audience will cook a meal after receiving a recipe upon registration and will gather (digitally) to engage with the music, food, flavors and poetry of the oldest inhabited city in the world- Damascus.

Learn more about each of the 2020 awardees below.

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Artists 360

Artists 360 Announces Final Year of Artist Awards

Twenty more artists from Northwest Arkansas received grant funding in the final round of awards from the program. Artists 360 was launched in 2018 as a three-year pilot program providing grant funding and professional development opportunities to individual artists of all disciplines throughout Northwest Arkansas.

With this round of awards, a total of $342,000 has now been awarded to 60 artists. Project grants range in discipline from literary, performing, and visual arts, ranging from mixed media to photography to sculpture, and more.

As an example, artist Kholoud Sawaf will use the grant to create and produce an immersive evening of multi-sensory cultural exchange for local and national audiences. The audience will cook a meal after receiving a recipe upon registration and will gather (digitally) to engage with the music, food, flavors and poetry of the oldest inhabited city in the world- Damascus.

Learn more about each of the 2020 awardees below.

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