The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Walton Arts Center to support, sustain and increase the number of quality artists and performances presented at Walton Arts Center.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation support will aid Walton Arts Center with the ongoing renovations to add nearly 30,000 square feet and allow the facility to function as a vibrant two-theater complex. The grant will also provide the opportunity to begin new programming initiatives, such as a new series called West Street Live presented by Neal Pendergraft. West Street Live will offer a five show multi-genre series for live music fans in the newly renovated Starr Theater. Patrons will experience a relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of listening rooms and nightclubs creating an intimate experience with the music and the musicians.

“This commitment to underwrite new programming in the renovated Starr Theater and to support the program endowment will serve as a catalyst for Walton Arts Center.” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “This transformational gift will allow us to create new and diverse musical offerings.”

The grant was made in honor of Neal Pendergraft for his years of dedicated service as a Trustee of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Neal and Gina Pendergraft are long-time Fayetteville residents and Walton Arts Center supporters.

“I want to thank our Chairman, Fred W. Smith and the other trustees of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for honoring me with this grant,” said Neal Pendergraft. “Gina and I are proud to support the expansion of the Walton Arts Center. It is exciting to give back to our community, especially in an area we are so passionate about… live music.”

Live music fans can get early access to tickets by purchasing the full West Street Live package now. For more information and to subscribe, please contact our Box Office at 479.443.5600.


2016-2017 West Street Live presented by Neal Pendergraft

Series Lineup
Elizabeth Cook
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Kathy Mattea
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

A.J. Croce – Two Generations
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

An Evening with Amy Helm
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Marcia Ball
Thursday, April 20, 2017