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Providing opportunities for local artists keeps the Northwest Arkansas scene energized and vibrant. We found two fresh requests for filmmakers and muralists to submit their work, check them out below!

Pack Rat Outdoor Center

Film Contest

Pack Rat Outdoor Center—an outdoor shop based in Fayetteville focused on sustainability—will host their first film contest this fall. The selected films will be featured at their Wild & Scenic Film Festival on October 12th, 2019. This opportunity is directed at local and/or student filmmakers who will have the chance to have their work promoted in Pack Rat’s venue.

Pack Rat’s theme for this contest—‘Choose Your Own Adventure’—is meant to give filmmakers total freedom for creative expression and portray their vision of Arkansas however it may be. “[W]e want you, the filmmaker, to expand on that and connect it, via your interpretation, to Arkansas. Whether that be outdoor recreation, farming, science, business, [a] documentary, etc., it’s your adventure to create on screen. Show us your Arkansas!” reads Pack Rat’s homepage.

The films must be between 15 and 40 minutes long and suitable for all ages. Films must first be posted on YouTube and then a YouTube link of the film will be submitted on the registration form. The registration deadline for this contest is September 15th, 2019, and there is a $10 submission fee.

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Grace & Flavor

Mural Contest

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Grace & Flavor is an SLS social enterprise focused on providing adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other learning differences with job training and employment. This organization is calling for regional artists to participate in a mural contest during September of this year. The wall that will house the mural is located on the back of the 117 Emma Avenue building in Springdale—Grace & Flavor’s headquarters. Whether you’re an artist who’s just starting out or someone with years of experience, you can be sure that Grace & Flavor will appreciate your take on the best mural to adorn their building. 

Grace & Flavor

Mural Contest

See Our Story

Grace & Flavor is an SLS social enterprise focused on providing adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other learning differences with job training and employment. This organization is calling for regional artists to participate in a mural contest during September of this year. The wall that will house the mural is located on the back of the 117 Emma Avenue building in Springdale—Grace & Flavor’s headquarters. Whether you’re an artist who’s just starting out or someone with years of experience, you can be sure that Grace & Flavor will appreciate your take on the best mural to adorn their building. 

“Grace & Flavor is a deliciously welcoming gathering place for great food, coffee, connection and community. Its mission is to hire, train, support and place neurodiverse adults (18+) in the workforce and provide opportunities for all to interact, shift perceptions, contribute skills and strengths, and bring people together”

Grace & Flavor is looking for artwork that represents the diversity of the community: according to their website, the mural “must be creative, durable” and reflect “the beautiful, diverse community in Springdale—multiple cultures, ages, walks of life, and abilities.” The wall has been painted in white for the purposes of developing the mural so that, once it is completed, it will receive permanent anti-graffiti coating to protect it.

The criteria for choosing the winning design will be based on originality of concept and theme representation among other factors. The prize for this mural contest is $1,000 combined with the design and development of the mural. To apply for this opportunity, artists must submit a budget of artwork expenses including materials and equipment.

The selection of the winning artist will be announced on September 1st, 2019. In order to become eligible, artists must submit their contact information, statement and mural concept, proposed installation plan over a 18-day time frame, portfolio (if applicable), and estimated budget. This information should be emailed to connect@slscommunity.org before the deadline for this project, which is on August 19th, 2019.

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Northwest Arkansas’ constantly-evolving art scene keeps providing new opportunities for artists to communicate their creative vision in exciting new mediums. If you’ve been searching for inspiration for a new project, take this chance to lend your unique voice to represent our community!

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