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Arts and Social Impact Accelerator

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

ASAP was directly inspired by the museum’s experience with community outreach during the COVID crisis. Read the COVID Response report.

ASAP sponsored by

Matt and Mary Kathryn Brown | Anna and Carl George

“ACOM is excited to explore an artistic approach to tell our story.  This is a very unique and a new way for social equity in our work, however, we feel strongly that the visual delivery of a strong message will be more powerful.” — Melisa Laelan, ACOM Agency Lead

ASAP Guiding Principles

  • Each project will be uniquely tuned to the goals and social issues of the artist/agency partners
  • Partners discover audience and community needs through collaborative discussion and listening sessions.
  • Together, they holistically develop ideas for arts engagements that effectively serve each agency’s audience needs.
  • ASAP is intended to be a multi-year program with each partnership following a year-long cycle that creates long-term change and lasting relationships.

Call for Artists

Interested in partnering with Crystal Bridges? The Art and Social Impact Accelerator is looking for an artist to join our partnership with Ozark Regional Transit Authority for 2022. Learn more about our call for artists.

ASAP Events

Film Screening | Marshallese Short Film Premiere: We Are Here
Crystal Bridges Great Hall
Film
Talk/Lecture

Film Screening | Marshallese Short Film Premiere: We Are Here

Great Hall
More info

Participant Roles

  • The agency acts as the subject matter expert on social issues to be addressed and relationship building with the communities they serve.
  • The artist acts as a subject matter expert on art, socially engaged practice, and ways of cultivating community bonds.
  • The museum is the connector between agencies, artists and communities. The museum oversees project management supports long-term relationship building and resources with communities through art and wellness.

Arts and Social Impact Participants

Lakisha Harper Bradley Headshot
Lakisha Harper Bradley, Artist

“The team is amazing and it’s exciting to see how we can help Reimagine Transit in this region by utilizing art as an open door to connecting people in our community to opportunity.” — Lakisha Harper Bradley

Kalyn Fay Barnoski headshot
Kalyn Fay Barnoski
Kalyn Fay Barnoski, Artist

“I was inspired to participate in this program because I believe strongly that arts-based problem-solving can be a powerful communication tool and platform for communities whose needs deserve a wider public view.” — Kalyn Fay Barnoski

Lauren Haggard headshot with UAMS Health logo above
Lauren Haggard
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Lauren Haggard-Duff, PhD., RN

“Part of our mission at UAMS is inclusive excellence – meaning to recognize that our success hinges on how well we value, engage and include diversity in all aspects.” — Lauren Haggard-Duff, PhD., RN

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Kholoud Sawaf. Photo by Sara Bentham
Kholoud Sawaf, Theatre Artist

“I am very excited to be a part of this program and to participate in much-needed social-conscious artistic conversation, uplift voices that need it, and bring communities together through art.” — Kholoud Sawaf

Melisa Laelan headhsot with Arkansas Coalition Of Marshallese logo above
Melisa Laelan, ACOM Agency Lead
Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM), Melisa Laelan

“ACOM is excited to explore an artistic approach to tell our story.  This is a very unique and a new way for social equity in our work, however, we feel strongly that the visual delivery of a strong message will be more powerful.” — Melisa Laelan, Agency Lead

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Octavio Logo
Octavio Logo, Artist

“ASAP is the very first project I participate with all the necessary components to test what I consider one of the deepest forms of public art.” — Octavio Logo

Joel Gardner headshot with Ozark Regional Transit logo above
Joel Gardner
Ozark Regional Transit Authority (ORT), Joel Gardner

“ORT is grateful to be selected as a partner in the Arts + Social Impact partnership. We hope to help elevate the importance of public transit in the areas we serve.” — Joel Gardner, Agency Lead