You Can Play a Part in Artosphere

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, March 31, 2021Artosphere, Walton Arts Center’s popular Arts+Nature Festival is returning May 6-23, and you have two opportunities to play a part in this year’s festival.

A casting call is open now for Art Heist, a socially distanced, outdoor, immersive, true crime show in which audience members meet and interact with various characters associated with the still unsolved heist at Boston’s Gardner Museum in 1990. Thirteen works of art were stolen, valued at half a billion dollars. Not one of them has ever been recovered. Not one arrest has ever been made.  

Art Heist will be performed in Fayetteville May 6-9, in Rogers May 13-16 and in Bentonville May 20-23. Right Angle Entertainment, the production company behind Art Heist, is looking to hire local actors to fill the seven-person cast. For more information about the roles and how to apply visit the casting call on

For those who are better behind the camera, the Artosphere Photography Competition gives you a chance to showcase your best shots. For a $10 entry fee, Arkansas photographers can enter up to three photos under the theme “Arts and Nature.” This can include but is not limited to nature and landscape photos, images that show rhythm or patterns in nature or performers in a natural setting. Entries are due by Friday, April 23.

Rebecca Drolen, assistant professor of photography at the University of Arkansas, will judge the entries on composition, originality, technical excellence, and variety in response to the 2021 theme. Finalists will be selected by May 3 and the community will be able to vote for their favorite photo through May 7 on social media.

One grand prize winner as well as the People’s Choice will be announced on May 10. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $150. The People’s Choice winner will receive two tickets to a performance of Art Heist May 20-23.

Complete competition rules, important dates and requirements can be found at   

For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup visit Artosphere 2021 is sponsored by Walmart and Tyson Foods. Additional support provided by Artosphere Sustainer Circle members.

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