Crystal Bridges is temporarily closed to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Follow our updates.
Crystal Bridges is temporarily closed to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Follow our updates.

Social Connecting Campaign

The Social Connecting Campaign is organized by Crystal Bridges and the Momentary to help those especially vulnerable to the negative effects of isolation, including patients in hospitals and senior living facilities.  Nine local artists are drawing and painting in response to the word “TOGETHER” to bring comfort and joy.

Learn about our other community engagement efforts.

Their art will be shared through:

A postcard campaign:

Line drawing versions of the artwork will be printed on postcards. The public is invited to color the drawings and write inspirational messages that will be delivered to people in hospitals and senior living facilities. See below for locations, dates, and times to pick up or drop off cards!

Questions? See the program FAQ below or email us at [email protected].

 

Campaign FAQ

 
How can I get involved?

The artist-designed postcards are incomplete without your creativity and kindness. Color the line drawing and write a friendly message of hope. Give it back to Crystal Bridges and we’ll connect your card with someone in the hospitals and senior living facilities we’ve partnered with to bring art and creativity to the lives of those negatively affected by social distancing.

If you wish to plan a socially distant postcard writing party for your family, neighborhood, or community group, we’ll mail you a bundle of postcards if you write to [email protected].

 
Where can I pick up and drop off postcards?

Pick them up at:

Drop them off at:

  • Drop Box at Crystal Bridges' main entrance anytime. While the museum is closed, Museum Way is open for you to drive to the entrance.
  • Atlas the Restaurant (Fayetteville): Takeout Patio, every Wed-Sun until May 31 from 5-8 pm
  • Can't drop them off? Mail them to:

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
Attn: Social Connection Campaign

 
What happens to the postcards?

They will be distributed to hospitals and senior living facilities, along with artmaking kits. 

 
Who are the artists involved?

Nine artists from the Northwest Arkansas region are creating line drawings for the postcards and large-scale paintings. Representing a variety of artistic styles, we’ve identified muralists, painters, printmakers, graphic designers, and illustrators. Artists include Kenny Arredondo, Stacy Bates, Kinya Christian, Tram Colwin, Leana Fischer, Octavio Logo, Matt Miller, Hannah L. Newsome, and Alan Rodriguez. 

 
How will people see the artwork?

We are printing the artist-designed postcards and will distribute them to museum staff, volunteers, and members, and throughout our community in the coming weeks. The large-scale paintings will be displayed outside hospitals and senior living facilities in May and June. We will also organize a public viewing on the grounds of Crystal Bridges at a later date.

A temporary art exhibition:

The artists will also paint large-scale colorful versions of the postcard drawings which will be displayed outside the same hospitals and senior living facilities. Art kits will also be distributed to encourage creativity while in isolation.

 
Exhibition dates and locations
  • May 21  VA Hospital, 1100 N. College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • May 22  UAMS Northwest Regional Campus, 1125 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
  • May 26  Providence Assisted Living, 2175 Orchard St, Springdale, AR 72764
  • May 27  Garden at Osage Terrace, 3317 SE "L" St. Bentonville, AR
  • May 29  Northwest Medical Center, 609 W Maple Ave, Springdale, AR 72764
  • June 1  Arkansas Children's Northwest, 2601 Gene George Blvd, Springdale, AR 72762
 
Meet the artists

Postcard Connecting Campaign artists

At a time of self isolation brought on by a Pandemic Virus. Having to take this opportunity to step back, take a deep breath and enjoy the creative process the Momentary & Crystal Bridges have brought to us is phenomenal!

— Kim Goins, Administrator, Gardens at Osage Terrace