ARTS & CULTURE
By Anna Buie | Photos courtesy of Walton Arts Center
Satisfy Your Artistic Curiosity at Walton Arts Center
Walton Arts Center’s 10x10 Arts Series is an intriguing and innovative showcase of performances, meticulously curated to satisfy the artistic curiosity of our Northwest Arkansas community. This collection of shows invites everyone to venture into uncharted artistic territories to explore and try something new. The best part? All tickets are just $10.
10x10 Arts Series performances come to life with post-show creative conversations with the artists, allowing audiences to dive deeper into their work and background. Audience members are also encouraged to give their feedback about each performance via a handwritten Post-it note. Notes are collected after the show and shared with the artists and the programming team.
Starting off strong in February is Ailey II, known worldwide for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s finest emerging dance talent with passion and creative vision. The company embodies Alvin Ailey’s mission of establishing a cultural community to provide dance performances, training and community programs for all people. Experience Ailey II on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
Ailey II. Photo by Danica Paulos
If you like to walk to the beat of your own drum, the next 10x10 performance is perfect for you. Drum Tao is celebrating three decades of Taiko drum performances for more than 9 million fans in 26 countries worldwide. Powerful drums combine with the physicality of the performers and the beautiful melody of the Japanese shinobue (flute), koto (harp) and shamisen (guitar), creating a spectacle for your senses. Experience the beat of a new drum at this powerful performance March 12 at 7 p.m.
For all the Pitch Perfect lovers out there, Take 6 is praised as “the baddest musical cats on the planet” by Quincy Jones. This a cappella sextet has collaborated across genres and toured the globe with its funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. Don’t miss Take 6’s Northwest Arkansas debut as the 2024 VoiceJam A Cappella Festival Headliner on April 12 at 8 p.m.
Also in April, George Hinchcliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is performing songs from a variety of genres using only ukuleles. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks, banjos, pitch shifters or electronic trickery. You’ll marvel at the astonishing richness of sound afforded by seven ukuleles and singing. The ukulele superstars will be performing April 26 at 8 p.m.
Satisfy your artistic curiosity this spring and try something new at Walton Arts Center. The 10x10 Arts Series is truly the way to experience innovative arts without breaking the bank. Tickets are just $10, and you can purchase them by visiting www.waltonartscenter.org, by calling (479) 443-5600 weekdays 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.