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Community Engagement

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At Crystal Bridges and the Momentary, we believe in the power of people and art to shape and sustain a just, empathetic, and creative society. Our community engagement work activates the museum’s resources and staff to build trust, welcome diverse perspectives, and nurture authentic relationships with the communities we serve.

The following pillars enable us to support and deepen community engagement through art, both inside and outside the museum:

  1. Art and Social Impact
  2. Art in Communities
  3. Community Centered Museum
  4. Access and Inclusive programs

Contact us at Community@crystalbridges.org.

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Art and Social Impact Accelerator (ASAP)

The Arts and Social Impact Accelerator Program (ASAP) cultivates partnerships with social service agencies and local artists in Northwest Arkansas. These partnerships incubate ideas that creatively address social issues through collaboration, arts-based solutions, and socially engaged experiences.

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Art in Communities

Art in Communities meets people where they are, enhancing arts participation and improving quality of life by providing experiences that promote social connection and belonging.  Traveling to underserved areas, community programming focuses on regional artists, encouraging storytelling among youth and families, social connecting, and empathy building.

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Community Centered Museum

As a Community Centered Museum, Crystal Bridges invites participation and collaboration with diverse local communities and transforms the museum into an inclusive gathering space for our region.

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Access and Inclusive Programs

Access and Inclusive Programs offer opportunities for our disability communities and seniors to connect with art, both at the museum and meeting people where they are.

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Community Partnerships

Crystal Bridges actively invites and welcomes community partnership opportunities. We seek to partner and co-create with Northwest Arkansas communities both on-site and beyond the walls of the institutions to foster mutual growth and development.

If you’re interested in exploring a partnership opportunity, please contact Community@CrystalBridges.org.

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Pandemic Relief

Crystal Bridges and the Momentary mobilized museum staff to help our region’s communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We consulted with 30+ partner organizations in health, social services, arts, culture, schools, and housing sectors. Learn more about our COVID-19 programs, which included Art Mends, our Social Connecting Campaign, and more.

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Community Voices: Music Moves (Reggie James and Anthony Ball)
Reggie James (left) and Anthony Ball (right) of Music Moves.

Community Voices: Music Moves (Reggie James and Anthony Ball)

People & Community

In our work with community art engagement, our Community team has met some incredible artists and community leadership throughout Northwest Arkansas, but we have also encountered some harsh realities of…

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Serving the Community with Meals and Art Kits
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Serving the Community with Meals and Art Kits

People & Community

Working on-site at Crystal Bridges with proper safety protocols in place, staff volunteered 1,678 hours to pack approximately 6,600 boxes of food for the Food Bank and over 25,000 meals…

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Postcard Power! Bringing Art to the Community with the Social Connecting Campaign
Matt Miller's artwork

Postcard Power! Bringing Art to the Community with the Social Connecting Campaign

People & Community

Once the designs were made, we then called upon our local community to give life to the postcards by coloring in the artists’ drawings and writing messages of hope to…

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Crystal Bridges Mobilizes Staff to Provide Food, Arts, and More through the Community Outreach Initiative

Crystal Bridges Mobilizes Staff to Provide Food, Arts, and More through the Community Outreach Initiative

People & Community

The artist-designed postcards are incomplete without creativity and kindness. The public can participate in this campaign by coloring the line drawing and writing a friendly message of hope. Send…

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