Art Ventures, formally Fayetteville Underground, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes the visual arts by actively collaborating with the community, supporting artists working to the highest standards, and encouraging education and public engagement in the arts.
Our mission is to promote the visual arts in Northwest Arkansas by actively collaborating with the community, supporting area artists working to the highest standards, and encouraging education and public engagement in the arts.
Underpinning this mission is our belief that the quality of people’s lives is enhanced through exposure to art. The universal language of visual art is an especially exciting way to receive and exchange information. Experience shows that individuals and communities will participate in creative learning practices when they can identify culturally. Because of this, we employ the practice of reaching into cultural micro-communities to bring thematic exhibitions that reflect those communities and send a direct message of inclusiveness. These opportunities serve to enrich our entire populations, encouraging education and public engagement with artists working to the highest standards and artworks reflecting excellence in craft and conceptual achievement.