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6 Fall Programs Building Community Through Art

Families making art on the museum grounds

Fall is in full swing here at the museum, and so is the Arts and Social Impact Accelerator Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP’s multi-year partnership with local social service agencies and artists, Crystal Bridges is hosting a slew of events intended to build meaningful relationships and support communities through art.

Here, we’ve compiled a roundup of what each partnership has planned for the fall months. Come join in these free events and see what our communities are up to!


Kalyn Fay Barnoski and UAMS: Connecting with UAMS Students, Staff, and Local Communities

Two people wearing masks looking at medical documents

Virtual Panel Discussion: Empathy in Healthcare
Thursday, October 14, 7 to 8 pm

Free, tickets required. Register online to reserve your spot today.

As part of the ongoing partnership between artist Kalyn Fay Barnoski and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, ASAP is hosting an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the power and necessity of empathy in healthcare. Therapist and counselor Joi McGowan, Dr. Sheena CarlLee, and Dr. Lauren Haggard-Duff from UAMS Northwest, and artists Kalyn Fay Barnoski and Lydia Cheshewalla will explore the role of empathy in the healing process, and share how their experiences and stories highlight the need to recognize this powerful and essential part of healthcare.

Kholoud Sawaf and ACOM: Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community

Unfinished canoe being built in wood
Images of a kōrkōr, which was built at Crystal Bridges and featured in the program Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community in 2022. All photos Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community
Weekdays, Wednesday, October 20 – Friday, November 19, 9 am to 5 pm 

Free, no tickets required. 

For four weeks starting in mid-October, Crystal Bridges invites you to gather among artisans and elders from the Marshallese community as we host the construction of a kōrkōr, a traditional Marshallese wooden outrigger canoe. Master boat-builder Liton Beasa and his team of youth apprentices will be on-site at Crystal Bridges carving the canoe, and guests are encouraged to visit and view the carving process throughout the month.

The kōrkōr will be constructed out of wood from the museum’s North Forest, and will serve as a symbol for the Marshallese journey as well as an opportunity to share traditions and Marshallese culture with the next generation.

Unfinished canoe being built in wood and carved by a Marshallese community member

Drop-in Artisan Conversation: Marshallese Canoe Carving
Fridays, October 22 & 29, November 5 & 12, 4 to 5 pm

Free, no tickets required.

Each Friday throughout the four-week project, Liton and his team will be available for questions and discussion about the project. Guests are encouraged to stop by the worksite on Orchard Trail from 4 to 5 p.m. each week to meet the artisans and learn more about Marshallese traditions, the skills needed to build the kōrkōr, and the canoe itself.

Families making art on the museum grounds

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community Opening Ceremony and Celebration
Friday, October 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Free, tickets required. Register online to reserve your spot today.


Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community Closing Ceremony
Friday, November 19, 6 to 8 pm

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To celebrate the construction of the kōrkōr, Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community will open and close with ceremonies conducted by leaders from the local community. Join us on the South Lawn for the festivities, including Marshallese dance and musical performances, Marshallese food vendors, and more.

Octavio Logo and ORT: Reimagining Public Transit in Northwest Arkansas

Community event in fayetteville as an artist paints on a bus
Octavio Logo paints the side of a bus at the Where To event. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Where To: Bentonville Farmers Market
Saturday, October 30, 10 am to 1 pm

Free, no tickets required.

Following the success of Where To: Fayetteville and Where To: Rogers, artist Octavio Logo and Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) are bringing the popular public art project to the rest of Northwest Arkansas. Where To will be joining the Bentonville Farmer’s Market on October 30.

Where To is a pop-up art experience inviting guests to share their thoughts and experiences about local public transit and meet artist Octavio Logo and ORT staff. Guests can create a temporary mural on the side of an ORT bus and illustrate their dreams for the future of public transit. Guests will be able to help craft this piece of temporary public art, as well as join a community writing activity to inform the future of public transit.

Are you an artist looking for an opportunity to get involved?

Where To: Open Call for Proposals
October 1 through November 29

As part of the Where To project, ASAP is also hosting an open call for artist proposals. Local artists and art students here in Northwest Arkansas are invited to submit their proposals for an original artwork celebrating the importance of public transit.

The selected work will be wrapped around the outside of an actual ORT bus and will travel daily throughout Northwest Arkansas in 2022. ASAP is accepting proposals from October 1, 2021, through November 29, 2021, and will be notifying selected artists no later than December 6. Artists whose work is selected will be paid $1,200 for their time and the use of their original work.

Learn more about the project and submit a proposal here.