Walton Arts Center Partners With United Way of Fort Smith Area to Provide Flood Recovery Assistance

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, June 3, 2019Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP have joined forces with the United Way of Fort Smith Area to provide flood recovery assistance to those in the Arkansas River Valley - and we are making it easy for NWA residents to help in two ways.

From Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6 you can drop off donations of non-perishable food items, bottled water, heavy-duty trash bags (33-34 gallon), paper towels, toilet paper, safety glasses and work gloves or rubber cleaning gloves at Walton Arts Center or Walmart AMP from 10 am until 7 pm. These are specific requests from the United Way of Fort Smith Area to meet the immediate needs of flood victims.

In Fayetteville, donations will be received backstage at Walton Arts Center. Patrons will enter from Spring Street, drop off their items, and exit to West Avenue. In Rogers, donations will be accepted in the parking lot in front of the Walmart AMP box office. Those who donate can receive two tickets to Bella Gaia, while supplies last.

You can also purchase $10 tickets to Bella Gaia on June 13 at Walton Arts Center. The entire ticket price will be donated to the United Way of Fort Smith, and patrons will get to see an amazing show. Purchase tickets by calling our box office at 479.443.5600 or online at www.waltonartscenter.org.

Bella Gaia was already planned to be the 10th anniversary celebration of Artosphere, Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival,” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “Now we will also celebrate the generosity of our community by turning this performance into a community fundraiser.”

The United Way of Fort Smith Area serves a six-county area in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma including Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin and Logan counties in Arkansas and LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma. You can also donate directly to the United Way’s flood relief efforts by texting flood2019 (all one word) to 91999. 

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 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 200 volunteers donate 21,000 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.