Artosphere Inspires Exploration with Free Events Across the Region

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, May 14, 2019Walton Arts Center proudly presents the 10th Annual Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts + Nature Festival on June 10-29, 2019 with dozens of free, family-friendly events at locations across Northwest Arkansas.

The Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Each year, Artosphere creates a framework for the community to explore the arts with many free and low-cost including Trail Mix and the Artosphere Film Series.

Trail Mix brings local and regional musicians, performers and artists to Northwest Arkansas for the community to enjoy while they explore local trails, outdoor spaces and city centers. This year Trail Mix is focused on Frisco Trail from Meadow Street to Wilson Park.

“Trail Mix encompasses a sense of community, environmental awareness and the celebration of art and nature that the Artosphere Festival embodies,” said Scott Galbraith, vice president of programming at Walton Arts Center. “We invite cyclists, walkers, hikers and spectators alike to join us at Trail Mix for the ultimate outdoor arts experience.”

A new Artosphere Film Series, featuring free films for adults, kids and families, will explore the wonder, magic and reality of space.

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Artosphere Festival in 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, we are focusing thematically on space. Since the dawn of time, space has been a source of wonder, innovation, and artistic inspiration for all the world’s people,” Galbraith said.

Trail Mix

Trail Mix on the Frisco Trail

  • Friday, June 14 | Downtown Fayetteville
  • 5:30 pm | Free

Artosphere’s signature event, Trail Mix features musicians performing along the Frisco Trail from Meadow Street to Wilson Park. A model of the solar system will be laid out along the trail along with learning and engagement opportunities about each of the planets. Melrose Poetry Bureau will also be creating custom typewriter poetry on site.

Then end the evening back at Walton Arts Center for a free screening of Disney’s WALL-E in Walker Atriumand an interactive planetarium in Starr Theater.

Artosphere Film Series

2001: A Space Odyssey

  • Tuesday, June 25 | Starr Theater
  • 7 pm | Free (reservation required)

Apollo 13

  • Friday, June 28 | Starr Theater
  • 7 pm | Free (reservation required)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

  • Saturday, June 29 | Starr Theater
  • 10 am | Free (reservation required)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Saturday, June 29 | Starr Theater
  • 2 pm | Free (reservation required)

Additional Free Events

Trout Fishing in America

  • Tuesday, June 11 | Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, Fayetteville
  • 6:30 pm | Free (reservation required)

Join us for a family-friendly concert full of tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life – featuring the musical talents of four-time Grammy®-nominated Ozark natives Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The performance is part of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Terrific Tuesday Nights.

The Moon Project

  • Wednesday, June 19 | 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville | 7 pm | Free (reservation required)
  • Thursday, June 20 | Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale | 7 pm | Free (reservation required)
  • Friday, June 21 | Walton Arts Center | Noon | Free (reservation required)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing, New York based One Year Lease Theater Company is creating a brand-new work and Artosphere audiences will be among the first to see it. Join us for readings of this new work in locations around Northwest Arkansas. Audience members will become a part of the creative process by listening to the piece in its early iterations, then engaging with the show’s creators post-show to offer feedback.

This cosmically adventurous work features a deep exploration into the private motivations of the astronauts, and their personal challenges and sacrifices endured before, during and after the landing event. Surrounding their stories will be a narrative of the political landscape of the time, including the clashing economic and social priorities of American society in the late 1960s, the rise of the black arts movement and the collision of events that formulated the space race. The script merges pieces of sourced historical text, including political speeches, sermons, conversations, letters, phone calls, the lunar landing radio transcript and song lyrics from the time. The work explores how connections and divisions between people and communities can shape who we are, who we become and how we are remembered.

Visual Arts

Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

  • May 28 - Oct. 6 | Joy Pratt Markham Gallery | Walton Arts Center | Free

Walton Arts Center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery is honored to present a collection of works by renowned artist Alison Saar as a visual journey and expedition of both strength and exploration. From the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation, this exhibition reflects the artist’s vast body of prints created over the past 35 years. Addressing issues of race, gender and spirituality, Saar’s lithographs, etchings and woodblock prints are evocations of her sculptures, for which she is renowned.

For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play™ or the Apple® App StoreSM or visit

Artosphere 2019 is sponsored by The Walton Family Foundation, Walmart/Sam’s Club, Tyson, Experience Fayetteville, Visit Bentonville and Greenwood Gearhart. Support for Maestro Corrado Rovaris and Dover Quartet provided by Mary Ann & Reed Greenwood. 10x10 concert support provided by 3M/Post-it. AFO concertmaster support provided by Hannah & Greg Lee. Media support provided by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, KUAF 91.3FM Public Radio, Celebrate Arkansas and CitiScapes Magazine.

The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets. App Store is a service mark of Apple® Inc. Google Play™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

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 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 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, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit