Say this 5x fast, “Arkansas Activators Activating Art Activations.”
Artists 360 recently awarded $214,000 in grants to twenty-six artists located across Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. This included the selection of five artists chosen to receive Community Activator grants of $15,000 each. Lakisha Bradley, Karen Castleman, Brody Parrish Craig, Tomoko Kashiwagi, and Blake Worthey were selected to launch the following projects focused on community engagement:
- Bradley’s project, The Hope Station, will transform a bus stop into safe space in collaboration with Ozark Regional Transit and local art partners.
- Castleman’s project, Dance Chance NWA Season 2, gives emerging and established choreographers in Northwest Arkansas a platform to present new works.
- Craig’s project, Trans Joy IS: An Arkansas Community Zine, is produced in partnership with Maxmiliano Oliver Calabotta and centers the Arkansas TGNC community to create a zine publication responding to the prompt “Trans Joy IS”.
- Kashiwagi’s project, Chamber Music Society of Northwest Arkansas, brings people of all ages and musical backgrounds together to experience chamber music.
- Worthey’s project, “The Porch in Springdale,” is a community-based gathering around food and art.
Artists 360 has directed $770,000 to 112 artists across Northwest Arkansas over the past five years thanks to philanthropic support from Steuart Walton and Tom Walton through the Walton Family Foundation.