Stephen Powers, 2020 Bentonville Arkansas
“We wanted to do something to celebrate the arts, support artists, and create some excitement in our communities during this incredibly challenging time. We love that murals bring art to everyone, and we hope that these projects will inspire, spark conversation, and promote civic unity.”
12 world-renowned artists have added public artworks to the Arkansas landscape.
ABOUT the ARkanvas Project
ARkanvas is statewide engagement bringing public art by world-renowned artists to Arkansas communities, including Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fort Smith (Chaffee Crossing), Conway, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Stuttgart, and Pine Bluff.
Curated by Justkids in partnership with Unexpected, the initiative’s theme is Unite, a tribute to being united through shared outdoor and art experiences across the Natural State.
“We wanted to do something to celebrate the arts, support artists, and create some excitement in our communities during this incredibly challenging time,” said Olivia Walton. She is leading the project along with Elizabeth Miller, OZ Art manager. “We love that murals bring art to everyone, and we hope that these projects will inspire, spark conversation, and promote civic unity.” Participating artists include renowned contemporary figures whose body of work re-imagines public spaces.
Justkids is a multi-disciplinary women-led art platform providing design, curatorial and production services for public and private art initiatives.
With a strong international network of leading contemporary artists, curators, and creative teams, Justkids offers wide-ranging visual experiences that engage diverse audiences and communities. Justkids collaborates with cities, communities, innovative brands, and institutional spaces to drive visual culture and create unforgettable experiences that celebrate art.
Unexpected is an award-winning art activation program bringing urban and contemporary art, speakers, and education to Arkansas since 2015.
A project of 64.6 Downtown, the Unexpected consists of cultural exchange and community development and is a revitalizing action revealing Arkansas as an international epicenter for cutting-edge contemporary art and cultural development.