Walton Arts Center Hosts U of A Blood Drive

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 29, 2021 –Walton Arts Center will host a two-day blood drive by the University of Arkansas Red Cross Student Organization from 11 am until 4 pm on Tuesday, May 4, and 10 am until 3 pm on Wednesday, May 5. Donation appointments are still available and can be made at redcrossblood.org.

Live entertainment will be provided for blood donors. Entertainment for community blood drives and other small concerts and performances are part of Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming, made possible in part by supporters of the Ghost Light Recovery Fund.

Walton Arts Center began hosting blood drives with live entertainment in May 2020 when the demand for blood rose due to the COVID-19 pandemic and musicians were struggling as live performances were halted. This is the ninth blood drive at a Walton Arts Center venue in 12 months.

There will be breaks before and after each performance to allow time to set up, break down and sanitize the performance space. The entertainment schedule for the blood drive is:

Tuesday May 4

  • 11:30 am-1 pm - William Reyes, guitar
  • 2-3:30 pm - Adams Collins, vibraphone

Wednesday May 5

  • 10:30 am-12 pm - Lisa Auten, piano  
  • 1-2:30 pm - Kristy Mezines Olefsky, piano  

All blood and plasma donation will be screened for COVID-19. Because of anticipated high interest in the antibody screening, donors are encouraged to 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.

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 200,000 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.