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Profile: Jill Dabbs

Leading Downtown Revitalization in NWA’s Central City

Situated between Rogers and Fayetteville, many would say that Springdale serves as the central location for the Northwest Arkansas region. Though Springdale has experienced slower growth than some other Northwest Arkansas cities, especially in the revitalization of its downtown, that is about to change. The Downtown Springdale Alliance, led by Jill Dabbs, is on a mission to create an inviting downtown area that attracts new businesses, events and residents.

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Arts & Culture:

Walton Arts Center Announces Broadway Season of Theatrical Must-Sees

Theater lovers, rejoice! Walton Arts Center has announced its 2022-23 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series, and it is one for the record books… literally. With 26 combined Tony Award wins among the six shows in the new lineup, it is the most awarded season in Walton Arts Center history.

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Arts & Culture: Architecture at Home

A New Outdoor Architecture Exhibition at Crystal Bridges

 

What makes a house a home? Is it the people, the place, a relationship with nature, belongings, design or architecture? Or is it a combination of all the above? 

Architecture at Home, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s outdoor architecture exhibition, hopes to spark a dialogue about contemporary housing among the trees of the museum’s campus. 

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Entertainment: Walmart AMP’s Summer Lineup Offers Something for Everyone

 

There’s nothing quite like live music outdoors in the summertime. The Walmart AMP has been bringing big acts to Northwest Arkansas for years, and this season’s lineup is no exception. The superstars from varying genres appearing at the Walmart AMP are a veritable who’s who of the music industry, with something for everyone to enjoy. 

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Living Spaces: Downtown Vibe and a Luxury Art Experience

Five West Mountain condo offers an art gallery and spectacular views from each of its four floors

Just off the square in downtown Fayetteville, the iconic Five West Mountain building rises seven stories, framing the east side of the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza. The top four floors of the building house the Five West Mountain Luxury Condo, with the bottom floors leased commercially.

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Eats & Drinks: La Media Luna

Before anyone digs into the food and drink at La Media Luna in Johnson — authentic conchinita pibil, delicate yet hearty chile en nogada, vibrant pastel yellow-hued enchiladas habanero, and the list goes on — they notice the ambience and design. A plush hidden dining room and bar adorned with modern Mexican art, and a comfortable patio residing over by a bright red mural from famed artist Octavio Logo — indeed, before you take a sip or bite, it’s obvious there’s nothing else in Northwest Arkansas that looks or feels like La Media Luna.

It’s a family affair — Adrian Leonardo and uncle Julio Leonardo have created a singular experience that not only successfully weathered the pandemic, but somehow managed use the time to build a strong, loyal customer base and blossom their food and ambient experiences into something situated between modern comfort and Mexican sophistication. 

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Nonprofit: Center Brings Art Opportunities for All

A visual arts organization in Fayetteville, the Community Creative Center is best known for its hands-on studio classes and workshops offered to the community. These educational opportunities come in a variety of art forms including clay, painting, drawing, printmaking, sand casting, leather working and mixed media. The center’s 6,900-square-foot building includes a fully equipped pottery studio, multi-purpose art studios and exhibition space for local artists.

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Arts & Culture: Two New Shows Debut for the Momentary’s Spring Exhibition Season

Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Across two new art exhibitions, both debuting at the Momentary in downtown Bentonville, landscapes and artworks about land pose larger questions of history, our current moment and our relationship with nature.