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Border Cantos Community Partner programs available around NW Arkansas

Richard Misrach, born 1949 Playas de Tijuana #1, San Diego, California, 2013 (detail) Pigment print Courtesy of the artist

Crystal Bridges’ Community Partners for the exhibition, Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border,  are hosting a variety of programs and events throughout Northwest Arkansas in order to spread awareness about this impactful exhibition, and also to invite diverse audiences to make meaningful connections around issues relating to migration in our region.

You can learn more about Crystal Bridges’ Community Partners and Speakers Bureau for Border Cantos here.


  1. Border Cantos Presentation and Immigrant Potluck
  • Saturday, February 25, 1 p.m.
  • Details: All community groups are invited to bring a dish that represents their family’s heritage. Attendees will be encouraged to share the history of their dish with the group following a presentation on the Border Cantos exhibition by Magdalena Arroyo. Magdalena, a Border Cantos advisor, is a leader in the community, actively involved with the Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), which is hosting the event.
  • Location: Immigrant Resource Center, Springdale
    1303 E. Robinson Ave., Ste B6


  1. Border Cantos presentation and Interactive experience
  • Wednesday, March, 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Details: Following a Border Cantos presentation by Magdalena Arroyo, a Border Cantos advisor, participants will engage in an interactive experience with images from the exhibition.
  • Location: International Connections Lounge, Arkansas Union, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


  1. Border Cantos presentation and Migration Story Share
  • Thursday, March 2, 1:30 p.m.
  • Details: Following a Border Cantos presentation, DREAMers from NWACC will share their border-crossing stories. Three different NWACC professors have committed to bringing their classes.
  • Location: White Hall, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Rogers


  1. Student Art Show at Stage 18
  • Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, April 1: Opening reception on Thursday, March 2, 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Details: Design students from the New Design School and the Arkansas Arts Academy will exhibit work inspired by Border Cantos along with related work from other community artists, curated by Sonia Gutiérrez, a Border Cantos advisory committee member. A reception will be held on First Thursday in Fayetteville. The show is a collaboration with Northwest Arkansas Creative Arts Network.
  • Location: Stage Eighteen, Fayetteville
    18 E. Center


  1. Border Cantos Presentation and Listening Party
  • Friday, March 3, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Details: Following a Border Cantos presentation by Sonia Gutierrez, a Border Cantos advisor, participants will be encouraged to discuss related topics in a “listening party” facilitated by The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre.
  • Location: “The Lab”, Fayetteville
    1030 S. College Ave.


  1. Exhibition at Art Center of the Ozarks
  • Friday, February 17, through Wednesday, March 29: Reception on Thursday, March 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Details: On the Brink, On the Brim, On the Cusp, a group exhibition featuring local artists dealing with barriers or borders, will be on view, with a reception on March 9. Curated by Donna Smith.
  • Location: Art Center of the Ozarks, Springdale
    214 Main Street


  1. “Lives on the Line” Staged Reading at “The Lab”
  • Sunday, March 12, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Details: A staged reading of a script made from the personal narratives of our community members working at poultry factories in Arkansas. The performance is a collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center and Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, and directed by Ricardo Cardenas from Hamlet Grupo Teatro of Rogers.
  • Location: “The Lab” located at 1030 S. College, Fayetteville.


  1. “Refugees: People with Rights not Just Needs” Panel Discussion
  • Wednesday, March 15, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Details: This panel addresses the rights of the people who have been forced to leave their home countries. In an increasingly interconnected world, our responsibility does not stop at the border. Humanitarian relief efforts and asylum initiatives are needed, but the ultimate goal is to uphold universal human rights. World peace cannot be achieved until all lives are valued equally.  Human dignity cannot be vetted or limited by a wall.
  • Location: Gearhart Hall 150, University of Arkansas


  1. Border Cantos presentation in Spanish at the Springdale Public Library
  • Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m.
  • Details: Spanish-speaking Crystal Bridges staff will present the Border Cantos overview at the library with opportunities for group discussion.
  • Location: Springdale Public Library
    405 S. Pleasant Street, Springdale


  1. Familia y Musica
  • Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Details: Family fun event during the return of the outdoor Farmer’s Market to the Fayetteville square featuring music, food, and art activities. This also serves as a closing reception for March’s exhibition at the venue. The event is a collaboration with Northwest Arkansas Creative Arts Network.
  • Location: Stage Eighteen, Fayetteville
    18 E. Center


  1. Community Collaborative Artmaking day at the Jones Center
  • Saturday, April 15, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Details: Octavio Logo and Stitches to host a community collaborative artmaking experience. Supplies will be provided and everyone is invited to help make a mural.
  • Location: The Jones Center, Springdale
    922 E. Emma Ave.


  1. Continuing the Conversation Discussion at Fayetteville Public Library
  • Wednesday, April 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Details: Border Cantos educator Emily Rodriguez will facilitate a panel of community partners representing organizations that deal with immigration into our region. They will each introduce their organization and then discuss how to continue the conversation on this topic post-Border Cantos.
  • Location: Walker Community Room, Fayetteville Public Library
    401 W. Mountain St.





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