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

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, July 14, 2020 – The May Red Cross blood drive at Walton Arts Center was so successful that the nonprofit performing arts center is hosting a two-day drive, July 28 and 29 from 10 am until 3 pm in Walker Atrium.

Live entertainment for donors will be provided on both days of the drive. Performers will be in the Pace Balcony Lobby, and blood donations will be in Walker Atrium in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

“While we aren’t presenting shows, this is a very tangible way for us to support local musicians, thank the blood donors and help fill a very important need in our community at a time when blood is in such demand,” said Jennifer Ross, director of programming at Walton Arts Center.

In order to allow time to set up, break down and sanitize between performers, there will be screenings of recorded performances from VoiceJam and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.

The entertainment schedule for the blood drive is:

Tuesday, July 28

  • 10 - 10:30 am: Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra Screening
  • 10:30 - Noon:  Miho Sakon, violin with Tomoko Kashiwagi, piano
  • Noon – 1 pm: Best of VoiceJam Screening
  • 1 – 2:30 pm: Beth Stockdell, harp
  • 2:30 – 3 pm: Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra Screening

Wednesday, July 29

  • 10 - 10:30 am: Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra Screening
  • 10:30 - Noon: Christian Serrano, cello
  • Noon – 1 pm: Best of VoiceJam Screening
  • 1 – 2:30 pm: Candy Lee, singer/songwriter
  • 2:30 – 3 pm: Best of Artosphere Festival Orchestra Screening

The American Red Cross is now testing 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 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.