WALMART FOUNDATION AWARDS $42,000 TO FAYETTEVILLE ART ALLIANCE/FAYETTEVILLE UNDERGROUND GALLERY
Fayetteville Art Alliance is proud to announce receipt of a $42,000 Walmart Foundation Grant to support Fayetteville Art Alliance’s Community Exhibitions and Programming for 2017. This Walmart grant allows the Fayetteville Underground Gallery to produce Art Exhibitions and Programming that uplift the quality of life in our communities by promoting visual art, artists, education and public engagement in the arts.
Erin Hogue, Senior Manager of Northwest Arkansas Giving Program for Walmart Foundation said, “Walmart Foundation is pleased to support the Fayetteville Art Alliance… We are impressed and hope this funding allows your organization to continue to make an impact in our community.”
Board president Sharon Killian happily received the great news saying, “Thank you so much for your support, for believing in this important work and for funding it!”
The Walmart Foundation grant immediately funds the current exhibition celebrating Black History Month, A Sense of Place, which includes video interviews by Leo Smith and Phil Deffebaugh of elder members of the Fayetteville, Arkansas African American micro-community with very deep roots, some going back to enslavement here.
Local and regional artists including Angela Davis Johnson, Donovan Brutus, Morgan Bame, Brandon Watts, Cory Perry, MJ Fentis, Joelle Storet, and designer Chavon Forston, are represented in the first exhibition of its kind in Northwest Arkansas. The opening reception held on Thursday, February 2nd, attracted over 250 diverse visitors from all parts of NWA and beyond.
On behalf of our communities, volunteers, employees and Board of Directors, we thank the Walmart Foundation for their support and confidence in the work we do to improve the quality of life in our Northwest Arkansas region.