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Gallery Talk: Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community

Talk/Lecture
Contemporary Art Gallery
FREE
No Tickets Required

Join Master Boat-builder Liton Beasa and Melisa Laelan, President of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM), in the Contemporary Art Galleries for a discussion about the importance of canoes and navigation in Marshallese culture.

Liton and a team of apprentice carvers worked onsite from October to November 2021 carving a korkor, a traditional Marshallese outrigger canoe, from a tree on the museum grounds. This program is part of a larger Arts and Social Impact Accelerator Program (ASAP) partnership between the artist Kholoud Sawaf and ACOM to create awareness in Northwest Arkansas of the Marshallese story by highlighting the cultural knowledge of Marshallese elders and involving Marshallese youth in the project.

image of an unfinished canoe being built in wood

Free, no tickets required.

Per the CDC’s updated guidelines, we are now requiring all guests ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and while attending outdoor programs, except while eating or drinking. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.