Returning Exhibit Highlights History, Legacy of Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, November 13, 2019Walton Arts Center’s History Boxes by local artist Kathy Thompson have returned to the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery in an exhibition titled Memories Worth Sharing. Originally commissioned for the nonprofit organization’s 20th anniversary in 2012, the exhibition consists of 20 mixed-media assemblages that commemorate Walton Arts Center’s impact since it opened.

Each box uses the power of found objects to convey a sense of time, place, self and community, all focused around the mission and history of Walton Arts Center. A gallery reception with Kathy Thompson to celebrate the most recent showing of the exhibition will be Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 pm.

Memories are worth sharing, and patrons can add theirs to the collection. From now until December 1, patrons can donate a small object that symbolizes the impact that a performing arts or visual arts experience at Walton Arts Center has had on their life. Objects should be placed in the receptacle in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery or left with the box office if the gallery is closed.

Thompson will create the new box from a selection of the donated materials. This newest History Box celebrating collaboration and community memories will be on display December 10-31.

Walton Arts Center was created when the community of Northwest Arkansas rallied around a vision and worked collaboratively for the good of the region. Since its opening in 1992, each person who has walked through the doors has added their experience, laughter, energy and memories to the collective space of Walton Arts Center. The Memories Worth Sharing exhibition explores Walton Arts Center memories through the lens of foundations, programming, giving back, experience and art forms.

Joy Pratt Markham Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon until 2 pm and one hour prior to most performances. Tours may be scheduled by calling 479.571.2766. Please arrange tours with at least three business days’ notice to schedule tour guides.

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