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What’s next in the evolution of the region’s arts community? The opening of The Momentary, the Grand Opening Season at Theatresquared, the 3rd annual Native American Cultural Celebration, and the debut of a regional arts service organization.

02.22.2020

The Momentary Reveals Opening 2020 Exhibition Lineup

The Momentary, a satellite to Crystal Bridges and new contemporary art space, is set to open to the public on February 22, 2020 with State of the Art II, and will be followed by Nick Cave: Until in the summer.

State of the Art II, February 22 – May 24, 2020

This new exhibition continues the journey launched in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now (2014), for which Crystal Bridges curators traveled across America to discover artists working around the country. The resulting exhibition featured 102 artists, debuted at Crystal Bridges, traveled to five additional museums, and became the subject of a PBS documentary.

Nick Cave: Until, July 18, 2020 – January 3, 2021

For Until, Nick Cave creates his largest and most ambitious project yet, taking us deep into the belly of one of his iconic Soundsuits. The exhibition, just like these previous works, question gender, race, and violence—in particular, gun violence—in America.

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Save the Date: The museum is planning an outdoor concert event on October 5, 2019. The event will include live music and a preview of the 2020 programming.

08.14.2019

The Grand Opening Season in the new T2

The $34 million project is complete and the inugural season in the state-of-the-art building will feature seven remarkable plays beginning with the premiere of “Shakespeare in Love,” which has performances until September 8th. Check out the entire lineup below.

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08.14.2019

The Grand Opening Season in the new T2

The $34 million project is complete and the inugural season in the state-of-the-art building will feature seven remarkable plays beginning with the premiere of “Shakespeare in Love,” which has performances until September 8th. Check out the entire lineup below.

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10.04.2019

The Museum of Native American History announces 3rd annual Native American Cultural Celebration

MONAH has announced that Wes Studi will headline the 3rd Annual Native American Cultural Celebration taking place October 4th – 6th in Bentonville, Arkansas. Studi has appeared in numerous film and TV series including Dances With Wolves, Last Of The Mohicans, Geronimo: An American Legend, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and Avatar. Studi, an activist of Cherokee descent, will become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar. Other special guests include artist Steven Paul Judd, author Bobby Bridger, chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz, and publisher Sam Scinta.

MONAH is putting the final touches on descriptions of the different programs and workshops and will soon publish a full schedule of the opening ceremony. We did learn that there will be a press conference with Wes Studi at high noon on Friday, October 4th!

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Northwest Arkansas Council

The Debut of a New Regional Arts Service Organization

The newly announced arts organization will be led by Allyson Esposito and focus on building the system-wide capacity of the region’s arts and culture organizations through programming to support leadership development, regional communications, professional development, convenings, small-scale grants and advocacy. It will create a strategic plan to attract and retain practicing artists and cultural organizations of all sizes and disciplines. The organization will showcase Northwest Arkansas as a premier destination for the arts, with the goal of encouraging additional public support, cultural tourism and economic development.

Esposito is a professional artist, arts administrator, change management consultant and lawyer. Most recently, she served as senior director of arts and culture for The Boston Foundation.

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Northwest Arkansas Council

The Debut of a New Regional Arts Service Organization

The newly announced arts organization will be led by Allyson Esposito and focus on building the system-wide capacity of the region’s arts and culture organizations through programming to support leadership development, regional communications, professional development, convenings, small-scale grants and advocacy. It will create a strategic plan to attract and retain practicing artists and cultural organizations of all sizes and disciplines. The organization will showcase Northwest Arkansas as a premier destination for the arts, with the goal of encouraging additional public support, cultural tourism and economic development.

Esposito is a professional artist, arts administrator, change management consultant and lawyer. Most recently, she served as senior director of arts and culture for The Boston Foundation.

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“Art inspires. Art illuminates. Art brings us together.” – Karen Minkel, Walton Family Foundation

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