Walton Arts Center Announces its Second Annual Artosphere Festival, Celebrating Connections between Arts, Nature and Sustainability

Green Lifestyles - Walton Arts Center Announces its Second Annual Artosphere Festival, Celebrating Connections between Arts, Nature and SustainabilityArtosphere: Arkansas’ Arts & Nature Festival is a multi-week festival dedicated to celebrating artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives. More information about Artosphere click here.

“This is a new kind of festival for Arkansas. Artosphere was inspired by the natural beauty of our state and regional focus on sustainability. We’re proud that last year over 15,000 people experienced nature, the environment and sustainability through a different lens with over 80+ arts and nature programs and events. This year, we hope to reach more audiences to make a bigger artistic and economic impact on the region.” -Peter Lane, CEO and President, Walton Arts Center.

This spring, a series of sustainable and environmental programming will include guest artists, musical performances, and earth-friendly events throughout the Northwest Arkansas community.

WHO: Artosphere, presented by Walton Arts Center

WHAT:

  • Artosphere is a series of events and performances over the course of six weeks, focused on the unique way that the arts connect with nature and living sustainably through all forms, including music, theater, dance, visual arts, lectures and more.
  • Programming will be held in both traditional (stages and auditoriums) and unusual (bike trails, state parks) settings throughout the local communities.
  • The festival features both free and low-cost events for people to choose to attend.
  • In its inaugural season (spring 2010), Artosphere served more than 15,000 people.

Notable programming includes:

  1. Inaugural season of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra conducted by Corrado Rovaris, composed of nearly 80 talented musicians from across the country.
  2. The Nature of Strings: Chamber Music Series (Christopher Parkening, Music Director)
  3. Visual arts exhibition Garden as Muse, curated by Andrea Packard
  4. The Trail Mix Concert Tour - bike ride featuring acoustic artists from around the country.
  5. Les Miserables
  6. Children’s theater performances by Imago Theater, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and Italy’s TPO

WHEN:
• The Festival begins Friday, April 22, 2011 (Earth Day) and lasts through early June.

WHERE:
• The opening celebration will take place at Walton Arts Center’s Tyson Plaza on April 22nd and will be free to the public.

• Dozens of scheduled programs will be held at Walton Arts Center and several other indoor and outdoor venues throughout the Northwest Arkansas area

WHY:
• Artosphere’s mission is to celebrate artists, influenced by nature, who inspire us to live more sustainable lives.


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