Walton Arts Center announces a $2 million grant from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation. This gift is designated for the Investing in our Future: The Expansion of Walton Arts Center capital campaign, Walton Arts Center’s $23 million campaign to add 30,000 square feet of space, which includes a new and expanded atrium lobby that connects to Dickson Street, significant renovations and expansion of Starr Theater, increased space for back of the house technical and theatrical equipment and new administrative offices. This gift meets and exceeds the campaign’s $23 million goal. By exceeding the goal, Walton Arts Center can expand its original scope of work to include additional technical upgrades for the facility. The Grand Reopening celebration is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

In recognition of this generous gift, the new atrium will be named the Walker Atrium. The new atrium is a key part of the expansion and will transform the patron experience. “Naming this space after Willard and Pat Walker will honor the Walker’s long-lasting support and investment in enhancing the quality of life and access to the arts throughout Northwest Arkansas,” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “Since opening our doors, the Walker family has generously supported Walton Arts Center and the Foundation’s participation in this capital campaign represents trust in our future and the future of the performing arts. The Walker Atrium will be a destination for guests and will transform Dickson Street with its new expansive glass windows and chandelier. We wanted the arts center to interact more with Dickson Street and the Walker Atrium will be a beautiful space to enjoy in the heart of Fayetteville.”

“The Walker Foundation is proud of its support of Walton Arts Center,” said Mandy Macke, executive director of the Walker Foundation. “We are excited to help with this latest project to increase community access to the arts, special events, gatherings and educational programming for years to come. We look forward to seeing families and patrons enjoying their shared experiences in this beautiful new community space.”

To learn more about giving opportunities at Walton Arts Center, contact Missy Darwin Kincaid 479.571.2781.