As the art world grows: the pains and possibilities

by Robin Mero (rmero@nwabj.com)

Northwest Arkansas has become a capital of retail commerce, and it is now emerging as a destination of American art. What if the two were to marry, and the region’s new identity was formed by their offspring?

This is where the magic lies, some say.

The Walton family has pledged to make Northwest Arkansas one of the finest places to live in the nation, a hub for artistic endeavors in America’s heartland.

Their foundations created Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and next year the Momentary will open, a visual and performing arts space with an artist-in-residency program. An unprecedented $120 million gift to the University of Arkansas School of Art hopes to attract elite and diverse faculty and students, elevate talent and skills in the region, and through its outreach programs expose Arkansas schoolchildren to creative endeavors and opportunities.

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