September 30, 2019

Opinions differ on whether Northwest Arkansas has enough galleries and buyers to support a hoped-for growing arts scene. Art Ventures Board President Sharon Killian discusses the nonprofit model; "Earning an income through a gallery isn't always a given for artists. You don't know whether you're going to make sales," she said. No one’s measuring — at least publicly — how many galleries are here, what type of art they exhibit, how many artists call the region home, or the value of sales. The Walton Family Foundation has paid for several initiatives to encourage a more creative economy in the area. The effort includes $439,500 in grants and professional development services over three years for 60 artists through a program called Artists 360.

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