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Springdale, the CB to You Mobile Art Lab is coming to your neighborhood!
Join us this October at Springdale’s Murphy Park Pavilion for four days of creativity and conversation focused on energizing communities through art. Each day of the visit will feature different activities and artists, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening and weekend.
From artmaking and Storycircles to artist talks and live studio demonstrations, this traveling celebration of creativity promises to bring a little bit of inspired fun to everyone. Each stop will culminate in a free outdoor concert and community art showcase.
Join us in celebrating your hometown by creating art, stories, and memories together!
Free, no registration required.
Artist: MacKenzie Turner
2 – 6 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo
Artmaking : Clay
4 – 6 PM: Pop-up Performance w/Craig Colorusso
5 – 6 PM: Storytelling w/ Ozark Poets and Writers Collective
Artist: Tay Butler
1 – 5 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo
5 – 6 PM: Storytelling w/ Open Mouth Reading Series
Artist: Junli Song
11 AM – 3 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo
12 – 2 PM: Pop-up Performance w/ Papa Rap and the fun love drum circle
2 PM: Storytelling w/ Akau Anyieth and Robyn Jordan, Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel!
Artist: Markeith Woods
5 PM: Live Music w/ La Fiesta, presented by Music Moves
Activities from 2 to 6 PM
Artist of the Day: MacKenzie Turner
MacKenzie is an artist who works primarily in ceramics. Their work speaks of the people, personal stories, and natural beauty remembered from growing up in small towns in Arkansas and Missouri.
MacKenzie will be at the library from 2 to 6 PM and will be introducing guests to an art activity involving air-dry clay. The demonstration will be an exploration of clay and how it behaves through negative and positive carving of clay. Following the art activity, MacKenzie will lead an artist discussion at inspired by their own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
Before you go, don’t forget to grab your free take-home art kit!
An extra pop-up performance will be given by artist Craig Colorusso! Craig will perform Ladybug Cathedral at the library from 4 to 6 PM! Using a bowed guitar, Craig’s Ladybug Cathedral is a long, slow, and deliberate performance that invites listeners to just listen and let the sound wash over them. Craig is a sound-based artist whose explorative work extends beyond sound and utilizes light and sculpture. In the past five years, Colorusso has combined his interests in the permanent and semi-permanent works: Sound Swings, Moon Pod, Covered Bridge ONE, and The Tunnel.
After the artist hours, an artist from the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective will be our featured storyteller from 5 to 6 PM to cap off the night! Their featured poet will share readings of their own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities. Before you go, don’t forget to pick up your free art kit to take home!
The OPWC is a non-profit organization devoted to the joys of the spoken and written word and is based in Fayetteville, AR. They support and promote community involvement by providing various opportunities for poets and other community members.
Activities from 1 to 5 PM
Artist of the Day: Tay Butler
Tay will be at the library from 1 to 5 PM and will be introducing guests to a collage-based art activity that involves magazines and cardstock. Following the art activity, Tay will lead an artist discussion at inspired by his own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience. Don’t forget to grab a free art kit to take home as well!
Tay works in photography, collage/assemblage, video, music, and sound exhibitions and installations. He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work layers both the present-day and archival Black experience, as well as the histories, realities, and theories that influence those experiences.
After the artist hours, an artist from the Open Mouth Reading Series will be our featured storyteller from 4 to 5 PM to cap off the night! Open Mouth Reading Series is a community-based literary organization located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have partnered with local organizations to bring engaging and creative events, programming, experiences, exchanges, content, and dialogues to Northwest Arkansas. OM hosts monthly readings and writing workshops as well as many other writing and engagement opportunities for poets and community members. Their featured poets will share readings of their own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities.
Activities from 11 AM to 3 PM
Artist of the Day: Junli Song
On Saturday, we have a day full of artists and performances! Kicking off the fun-filled day will be our artist-of-the-day, Junli Song! Junli is a storyteller and uses visual narratives to explore the cultural ambiguities of being Chinese American. Her work reveals how identity is fluid as inherited stories and traditions are continually evolving. Junli will be at the library from 11 AM to 3 PM and will be introducing guests to a printmaking activity at. Following the art activity, Junli will lead an artist discussion at inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
An extra pop-up performance by Papa Rap and the drumline circle will be held from 12 to 2 PM. Papa Rap will be performing alongside Bongo Luigi Vazquez and together they will teach everyone about different drum rhythms and cultures through reading stories, hands-on activities, singing and dancing!
Papa Rap, also known as Al Lopez, is a Puerto Rican musician who connects communities through music-making and performances. The goal of his music is to encourage understanding and togetherness through educational and fun lyricism!
At 2 PM, an artist from Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! will be our featured storyteller of the day! Their featured poets, Akau Anyieth and Robyn Jordan, together will share readings of his own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities. Don’t forget to grab a free art kit to take home before you go!
Akau is a science teacher and an artist, and believes in the power of hands-on learning when it is immediately applicable in the real world. Akau has also studied animation for 5 years and hopes to one day open all-Black animation studio that features all-Black and African cartoons and creators.
Robyn Jordan is a performing artist and promoter. As a fervent networker and self-taught dancer of over 15 years, she wants to eliminate barriers for women of color (WOC) and heighten a sense of belonging and security in the creative arts community for BIPOC, underserved women and genderqueer people. Inspired by fluidity and duality, Jordan enjoys fostering safe and inclusive environments that empower others to express themselves freely and authentically.
Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! is sponsored by the local nonprofit organization Light House Solutions. Speak your Jewel is a diverse group of Social Artists within the NWA area. They come from all different walks of life to spark courage and participation within the community. Their artists are known for activating their jewels through dance, poetry, singing, painting and acting to deliver the power of their stories. Their mission is to help people believe humanity and divinity are one within us and their mantra is: You must never suffocate the genius that lies within you.
Artist of the Day: Markeith Woods
On Saturday, we have a day full of artists and performances! Kicking off the fun-filled day will be our artist-of-the-day, Markeith Woods! Markeith will be at the library from 1 to 5 PM and will be introducing guests to a painting and figure drawing activity inspired by portraits of community members. Following the art activity, Markeith will lead an artist discussion at inspired by his own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
Markeith is a portraitist who is interested in human character and uses symbols, words, and images to recreate his experiences. He uses many mediums, such as charcoal, graphite, acrylic, and pastels, to observe the subjects that interest him.
For the finale day of the tour, CB to You invites you to a live-music gathering in collaboration with Music Moves at 5 PM by La Fiesta!
Presented by Smoothman Music Productions, La Fiesta consists of ten professional musicians from all over the world who pay homage to American hits and Latin spice. Think: Bruno Mars meets Bachata, Stevie Wonder meets Salsa, Michael Jackson meets Reggaeton and more! This Latin group is energetic with sizzling hot vocalists, a blasting horn section, and a percussion section that will get you out of your seat.
The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is a traveling pop-up art experience energizing the power of community through art. Featuring regional artists from across Northwest Arkansas, the art lab will be visiting local libraries and festivals around the region to bring artmaking, music, storytelling, and more. Find out more about the program, see a full schedule of stops, and get to know our guest artists here!
The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is presented in partnership with Ziba Rijabi, Markeith Woods, Lakisha Harper Bradley, Trinity Kai, Tay Butler, and Junli Song. Pop-up performances will be performed by Papa Rap’s the fun love drum line, Craig Colorusso’s Lady Bug Cathedral Sessions, and Music Moves. Story sharing events are presented with Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, Open Mouth Reading Series, and Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel!