Jane's Walk

Artosphere Jane’s Walk

DATE: June 10-17

LOCATION: Various locations in and around Fayetteville (see schedule below for details)

TICKETS: FREE & Open to the Public!



Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Best known for her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs encouraged people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect. Supported, organized and led by volunteers around the world, Janes’ Walks take place in hundreds of cities and now in Fayetteville. Open to anyone, Jane’s Walks are free and require no registration. Join us in June for these Artosphere-themed Jane’s Walks.



Urban History with Author & Historian Charlie Alison
Sunday, June 10, 10am
Meet @ Lafayette Street Bridge Between West and Gregg Avenues in Fayetteville

  • Learn about Fayetteville’s urban history as you explore historic residences, industrial sites and recent changes along Frisco Trail from Lafayette Street Bridge to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Walk is less than half a mile on a mostly flat, well-maintained asphalt trail. It blends the city’s historical industrial zone with today’s arts locales and a linear park. Best for adults and young people ages 12 and up.
  • This walk is led by Charlie Alison, Journalist, Historian, Executive Editor at University Relations, University of Arkansas. Alison is author of “A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas” and has lived in Fayetteville since 1965. He is a member of the Washington County Historical Society executive board and editor of the society’s quarterly historical journal, Flashback.

Mullins Creek Urban Stream Restoration
With Watershed Expert Sandi Formica
Sunday, June 10, 2pm
Meet @ Leroy Pond Drive and S. Razorback Road (Lot 56B) in Fayetteville

  • A quiet place for inspiration; enjoy a walk along the Mullins Creek Restoration on the University of Arkansas Campus. You will learn about techniques for restoring urban streams, causes of degradation, and how an urban stream restoration not only creates wildlife habitat but helps to protect our drinking water source, Beaver Lake. Walk is about half a mile, sometimes on a sidewalk and sometimes on grass areas. Best for adults and young people 8 years and up.
  • This walk is led by Sandi Formica, Executive Director, Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC), Fayetteville. Formica is an Arkansas native and co-founder of the WCRC. She is a regional expert in watershed planning/assessment and river restoration using natural channel design principles.

Walking Native Fayetteville
With Director of UA Indigenous Studies Program Sean Teuton
Sunday, June 10, 3pm
Meet @ Fenix Fayetteville Gallery, 16 W. Center Street in Fayetteville

  • Discover Fayetteville's Native American roots as you tour Trail of Tears camp sites and historic buildings on the square. Walk is less than a mile on flat sidewalks. Best for adults and youths 12 or older
  • This walk is led by Sean Teuton, Associate Professor of English and Director of Indigenous Studies at the University of Arkansas. Teuton is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the author of Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction, and is completing a new book on nineteenth-century Cherokee migrations through the Fayetteville crossroads.

Ways to Wander: Rediscovering Our City
With Artist & Photographer Sabine Schmidt
Sunday, June 17, 11am
Meet @ Fenix Fayetteville Gallery, 16 W. Center Street in Fayetteville

  • What happens when we walk like strangers visiting Fayetteville for the first time? What do we see, hear, feel, like, and question? What would we write home about? Stamped postcards provided. Walk is less than a mile on mostly flat sidewalks and paved trails. Best for adults and young people ages 10 and up.
  • This walk is led by Sabine Schmidt, photographer and writer. Originally from Germany, Schmidt lives in Fayetteville. Her visual and written work centers on understandings of house and home, cities, and wandering. She translates regularly for the German edition of National Geographic.