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Marshallese Canoe Carving Closing Ceremony

Party
South Lawn
FREE
No Ticket Required

Join us as we share and celebrate the traditions of Marshallese culture in Northwest Arkansas!

We invite you to gather among artisans and elders from the Marshallese community as we host the closing ceremony for the Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community project. For four weeks, master boat-builder Liton Beasa and his team of youth apprentices have been on-site at Crystal Bridges constructing a kōrkōr, a traditional Marshallese wooden outrigger canoe.

Now, at the closing of the project, this ceremony marks the completion of the canoe. Liton, his team, and community leaders will be ritually floating the canoe, followed by a celebration of Marshallese culture with dance, music, presentations by the Marshallese community, food vendors, and more. We hope you’ll join us.

Free, no tickets required. Drop in anytime from 12 to 2 p.m. 
In the case of weather below 50° F, this event will move indoors to the Great Hall.

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.

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community is a part of the Arts and Social Impact Accelerator Program (ASAP) at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. ASAP partners with local artists and communities to create arts-based solutions to address social issues in Northwest Arkansas.

Presented in partnership with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM), master carver Liton Beasa, and artist Kholoud Sawaf. Learn more about our partners.