Resident Companies & Affiliates
Walton Arts Center, in addition to presenting a full season of performance and visual arts exhibitions, also hosts several resident organizations. These organizations produce and present arts and education programs that employ local artists and professionals, and receive rent relief, marketing support and other services. We are proud to watch these great organizations grow and expand the arts community in Northwest Arkansas.
TheatreSquared - Resident Company
TheatreSquared’s locally produced and nationally acclaimed productions reach 22,000 patrons each year. The company is Northwest Arkansas’s only year-round professional theatre, offering a unique audience experience in its intimate 175-seat theatre at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. In 2011, TheatreSquared was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s ten most promising emerging theatres.
TheatreSquared's productions take place in Walton Arts Center's Studio Theater at the Nadine Baum Studios.
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) - Resident Company
Founded in 1954 as the North Arkansas Symphony prior to being rebranded as the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) in 2011, the not-for-profit organization has provided 60 years of musical performances and educational opportunities. Under the musical direction of Paul Haas, SoNA presents classical and pops performances for symphonic music lovers in Northwest Arkansas. SoNA is a mobile organization with the ability to perform anywhere, and is a resident company of Walton Arts Center. SoNA brings great music to life in Northwest Arkansas!
SoNA's concerts take place in Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Hall.
Community Creative Center - Resident Company
Community Creative Center (formerly Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center) is a visual arts organization located in Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. Community Creative Center (CCC) provides a full spectrum of visual arts classes to children and adults along with specialized workshops, summer, after school and intersession arts camps, and gallery and studio space for local artists.
Trike Theatre - Artistic Affiliate
Trike Theatre, Northwest Arkansas’ professional theatre for youth, was formed in September 2008 and received its 501c3 status in 2009. Trike was founded by Artistic Director, Kassie Misiewicz, and borne of a deep need for cultural exposure for the youth within our small Arkansas community. From the beginning Trike's mission has been to create extraordinary theatre experiences for young people and families, strengthen community, advance education through the arts, and inspire young voices.
Trike Theatre's classes take place primarily at their Bentonville studio space, with additional classes and workshops at Walton Arts Center and in local schools.
The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society
The NAJS is a membership organization that has been a community leader in presenting world class jazz performers in a variety of venues in Northwest Arkansas.