The Walton Arts Center is accepting art submissions

Beer and anthems

Beer & Hymns, the region’s only fundraising event for nonprofits, today announced a new partnership with Soldier Songs & Voices Northwest Arkansas, a nonprofit offering music lessons and songwriting and instruments to American veterans.

The mission of Soldier Songs and Voices NWA is to foster a creative and supportive community of veterans through music education, performance, and outreach. One of 11 chapters nationwide, the band meets weekly to play together and encourage each other to write songs that express their stories and takeaways from their military service, said Lee Haight, president. from the administration board.

As the covid-19 pandemic still looms, 15 to 25 veterans are gathering and playing outdoors at the Fayetteville Veterans Medical Center, both for classes and to entertain hospital patients, it said. -he declares.

“Veterans like to talk to other veterans. A combat zone is a unique experience, and a lot of things in the military can cause PTSD,” Haight said. “There’s an understanding there, and that’s the most powerful thing. We stay focused on the music. The music brings us back to the right place.”

Money raised for Soldier Songs and Voices NWA will go towards instruments and additional equipment veteran musicians need to play with confidence, Haight said, adding that music and other “non-traditional” methods of processing the PTSD often have the greatest healing effect.

Beer & Hymns is a free community that sings hymns and covers that everyone knows by heart. Each month, they select a lyrical theme and charity, bringing people together to raise their glasses, raise their voices, and raise money for world-changing organizations. Charitable revenue comes from direct donations from event attendees, as well as a percentage of food and beverage sales.

July’s Beer & Hymns theme pays homage to American rock, making the music a perfect complement to Soldier Songs and Voices NWA, said Ken Weatherford, executive director of Beer & Hymns.

The July event is tonight, July 17, at Bike Rack Brewing Co., 8th Street Market, Bentonville, from 5-7 p.m.

Last month, Beer & Hymns raised $4,036.42 for Pride at NWACC, enough for two scholarships for students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. The total represented a 46% increase in charity donations over 2021. The June total also put Beer & Hymns at $20,620 raised for local charities at the midpoint of 2022.

Information: (501) 850-2030, email [email protected] or

Rockin’ Baker

A $10,000 grant from Tyson Foods will help Rockin’ Baker, a nonprofit bakery based in northwest Arkansas, continue its dual mission of serving the region’s neuro-diverse community and fighting against hunger. Rockin’ Baker will use the funds to support its job training program for neuro-diverse adults, even as it seeks additional opportunities to alleviate food insecurity.

According to Daymara Baker, founder of Rockin’ Baker, every dollar will serve two causes: the training and placement of a traditionally underserved segment of the local workforce, and more opportunities to distribute free handmade bread by through local hunger prevention programs.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Tyson Foods for supporting our mission.”


Walton Center for the Arts

The Walton Arts Center is accepting submissions for the second open call for “Our Art, Our Region, Our Time,” a group exhibit featuring work created by visual artists in Northwest Arkansas and curated by the artist local Kathy Thompson.

Artists 18 and older from Northwest Arkansas are invited to apply with work completed after July 1, 2021 in the following media: painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, craft, fashion and illustration. The exhibit is unthemed and is meant to be a celebration of the talented artists who call northwest Arkansas home.

Artists may submit up to two works for consideration; however, only one work will be chosen for the exhibition. The deadline for submission is August 15.

The pieces selected for the exhibition will be announced on September 6. The exhibition will take place at the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at the Walton Arts Center from October 6 to November 13.

The Walton Arts Center is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin or veteran status.

Information: or email [email protected]

Hope Cancer

The Hope Wellness Center at Hope Cancer Resources offers a yoga, meditation and fitness class for cancer patients and caregivers in person, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers supports cancer patients and their families on a daily basis with a focus on emotional health no matter the circumstances.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and advice.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid nutrition or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are asked to reach out. Donations of new or lightly used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or

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