Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Dec. 16, 2022 – Walton Arts Center is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive 10 am - 3 pm on Thursday, Dec. 22, in Starr Theater. Blood donors will get to enjoy live entertainment while giving blood.

The American Red Cross is encouraging donors to consider giving before the new year. Blood donations help the charitable institution respond to emergencies, provide life-saving treatments and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

As a thank you to blood donors, Walton Arts Center is providing live entertainment by local artists. The Irie Lions, a Fayetteville-based Reggae band, will perform. The band, known for their “originality and good vibes,” will play 10:30 am - 12 pm and 1 - 2:30 pm.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at, however drop-in appointments are available.

Walton Arts Center began hosting community 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. The tradition has continued, and each blood drive still features local artists.

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