Walton Arts Center Venues Receive IAVM Venue Excellence Award

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, July 24, 2019 ― The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) awarded Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP a 2019 Venue Excellence Award during the Venue Industry Award luncheon today at the 94th annual VenueConnect conference in Chicago.

The Venue Excellence Award annually recognizes five venues of any type that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in operation and management of public assembly venues within the last calendar year. IAVM takes pride in its members and member venues that excel in providing their communities with a safe and enjoyable space for all types of events and educational opportunities.

The criteria for the award includes service to the community, team building/professional development, safety and security and operational excellence. The criteria used to evaluate the venues are at the core of IAVM’s mission and are key components to the success and vitality of the venue industry. A committee of industry leaders chose the finalists for each venue type and winners were approved by the IAVM Board of Directors.

“The Venue Excellence Award recognizes the commitment of our team to bring world-class performing arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas,” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “I am proud of the positive impact that our venues and employees have on our community, and excited that we’ve been recognized with prestigious national award.”

The four other 2019 Venue Excellence Award winners include: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.; State Farm Arena in Atlanta; Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu and Tacoma Venues & Events in Tacoma, Wash.

About IAVM:
Founded in 1924, the International Association of Venue Managers, having significant influence in a global industry, is the acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection to other venue professionals around the world. Committed to international membership growth and development, the IAVM is the preeminent source for all public assembly related research, information, services and life-safety issues worldwide.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

The Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion), a Walton Arts Center venue since February 2011, is Arkansas’ premier outdoor concert venue. The Walmart AMP has presented headlining concerts for the past 14 years. In its permanent home in Pinnacle Hills at 5079 W. Northgate Rd., Rogers, Ark., the Walmart AMP has the largest outdoor stage house in Arkansas.