Northwest Arkansas Creative Cohort Participants Receive $ 100,000 in Grants

SPRINGDALE – The Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange announced Wednesday that the 10 arts and culture organizations in Northwest Arkansas participating in its first Art Connect cohort will each receive a grant of $ 10,000.

Art Connect is a two-year Mid-America Arts Alliance professional development program that is presented by CACHE in Northwest Arkansas, according to a press release from the Northwest Arkansas Council.

The council formed CACHE in 2019 to act as a central regional agency committed to connecting, supporting and developing the artistic, cultural and creative communities of the region.

Mid-America Arts Alliance, based in Kansas City, Missouri, supports artists, cultural organizations and communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas through national programs traveling exhibitions, leadership development and grantmaking.

The 2020-2022 cohort members are Art Ventures of Fayetteville, the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese of Springdale, Arkansas Public Theater of Rogers, the Latin Art Organization of Arkansas in Springdale, the Mount Sequoyah Center in Fayetteville, Music Moves of Fayetteville, the NWA The Ballet Theater in Bentonville, the Open Mouth Literary Center in Fayetteville, the Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation in Bentonville and the Teen Action and Support Center in Rogers and Springdale, the statement said.

Art Connect focuses on key topics of governance, finance and community engagement, the statement said. As of October 2020, the program has provided over 430 hours of workshops and one-on-one coaching to local artists.

The Art Connect grants will fund projects that include audiovisual upgrades, accounting support, client-based software, community events and accessibility for cohort participants, the statement said.

Funding for CACHE comes from the Northwest Arkansas Council, a group of local businesses and civic leaders, with support from the Walmart Foundation, the statement said.

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