Walton Arts Center Hosts Two-Day Blood Drive with Live Entertainment

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 3, 2020 – Walton Arts Center is giving you the opportunity to give the gift of life this holiday season at its final 2020 blood drive with live entertainment. The two-day drive, Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 9, will be held in Starr Theater from 10am until 4pm each day.

Entertainment for community blood drives along with Saturday Cinema, other small concerts and performances are part of the Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming and made possible in part by supporters of the Ghost Light Recovery Fund.

Walton Arts Center began hosting blood drives in May when the demand for blood rose due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the sixth blood drive at a Walton Arts Center venue and the fifth drive with live entertainment. In total, 321 units have been collected through these drives which also allowed Walton Arts Center to support 10 local musicians who performed for the donors.

There will be breaks before and after each performance to allow time to set up and sanitize the performance space. During these times, recorded performances by the Artosphere Festival Orchestra will be played.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

  • 10-10:30am               Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra
  • 10:30 am-Noon          Jayne Jostad, cello
  • Noon-1:30pm             Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra
  • 1:30-3pm                    Ben E. Harris, guitar
  • 3-4pm                         Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Wednesday, Dec. 9

  • 10-10:30am               Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra
  • 10:30 am-Noon          Adams Collins, vibraphone
  • Noon-1:30pm             Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra
  • 1:30-3pm                   Tomoko Kashiwagi, keyboard/piano
  • 3-4pm                        Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra

The American Red Cross is still screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, which can provide donors insight into whether they may have been exposed to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within seven to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at redcrossblood.org.

Because of anticipated high interest in the antibody screening it is recommended that donors schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org prior to arrival.

In addition to the standard safety protocols followed by Red Cross staff during blood drives, there will be donor temperature checks before entering and everyone will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout donation appointments and all surfaces will be sanitized using enhanced disinfecting practices.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 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 35,000 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, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.