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Wa Kuk Wa Jimor/Canoe of One Community Opening Ceremony and Celebration

Party
Orchard Trail
FREE
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is closed today, Monday, January 30 due to inclement weather. Any programs, tours, lectures or classes will not be held. If you are a ticket holder for a tour or an event today, we’ll contact you about rescheduling.

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 opening 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 will be on-site at Crystal Bridges constructing a kōrkōr, a traditional Marshallese wooden outrigger canoe.

Families making art on the museum grounds

This opening ceremony marks the beginning of the project, and celebrates Marshallese culture with dance, music, presentations by community leaders, Marshallese food vendors, and more. After the ceremony, we invite you to stick around and explore the free artmaking fun of Art Trail at Night!

Free, register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

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.