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Walton Arts Center Hosts Public Input Forums

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Beth Bobbitt
Public Relations Manager, Walton Arts Center

Walton Arts Center hosts public input forums: Designing for the Future

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (April 1, 2013) – Walton Arts Center announces Designing for the Future Forums—the first in a series of public information and input sessions designed to raise awareness and seek input from the community about the Walton Arts Center expansion. These events will be open to anyone who wants to learn more about the expansion and design process for the Dickson Street facility. Designing for the Future will feature the team from Boora Architects, theater design specialists from Portland, Oregon. There will be two opportunities to attend:
• Designing for the Future, Happy Hour: Monday, April 8 at 5:30pm in McBride Studio (beverages & snacks will be provided).
• Designing for the Future, Coffee Hour: Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30am in McBride Studio (coffee, juice and pastries will be provided).
Over the next few years, Walton Arts Center has plans for a multi-campus expansion that will mean more performing arts and special events in Northwest Arkansas. Walton Arts Center is underway with planning and fundraising efforts thanks to the Fayetteville A&P Commission who voted to authorize $600,000 in reserves toward the planning, designing and pre-construction of the Fayetteville facility. This is a significant investment, not only to Walton Arts Center but for the future development of the region. To learn more about the expansion, visit
*Media can RSVP to Beth Bobbitt at by Friday, April 5 and indicate which session you will attend. The public can RSVP, by sending Chaz Allen an email at

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas' largest and busiest center for the performing arts and entertainment. Each year more than 200,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend over 350 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, graduations and more. Approximately 50,000 students and teachers from 30 school districts participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and over 300 volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more.. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 50% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit