Once on This Island Inspires Upcycled, Recycled Fashion Exhibition

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Jan. 14, 2020Walton Arts Center is calling Arkansas seamstresses, fashion designers, makers and artists to submit a garment created entirely from upcycled, recycled or found materials to be featured in the Divinity from the Discarded Fashion Exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates the unique costuming featured in Once on This Island, the next Broadway musical coming to Walton Arts Center Feb. 11-16 for eight performances.

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical, Once on This Island is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world - and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

The production is set on a hurricane-ravaged island, and costume designer Clint Ramos was challenged to incorporate trash and found objects into his designs for the show. Ramos’ designs hinge on a gradual evolution of the characters from hurricane-ravaged islanders into the gods in the unfolding fable.

“The whole unifying thought of the design was: How do we create divinity from the discarded?,” said Ramos

Walton Arts Center is challenging local artists and makers to submit their own garments, made from found objects or trash, to be judged by a member of the Once on This Island creative team. A select number of designs will be showcased at Walton Arts Center February 3-17, and those designers will also receive two tickets to the show.

Designers must be 18 years or older and living in Arkansas. To enter you must submit a high-resolution image of a finished piece. There is no entry fee, and entries must be received by Monday, Jan. 27. Winners will be announced on Friday, Jan. 31. Full contest details and submission guidelines are available at www.waltonartscenter.org/divinityfromthediscarded.

Tickets are still available for the show. Theater seating starts at $40 plus applicable fees. Student tickets and a limited number on-stage seats are available for $25 plus applicable fees, restrictions apply. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Show Times:  

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 and 7 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 and 8 pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm

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.