Well it looks like the Walton Arts Center is one step closer in their search for a new space to call their own. If you may remember, back in 2007, the arts center launched a community survey that gave them great feedback about how to grow to best suit the Northwest Arkansas area.
It has since been determined that growth was in order, and since the survey, the Walton Arts Center Board of Directors has spent their time diplomatically determining the steps that need to be taken in order to expand its operations and fill the needs of our community. At their board meeting just last night, the board decided on selection criteria for the site itself.
Among the most important criteria or highest priorities is the size of the site (three acres minimum, or six-ten acres ideally), available parking space, ease of access off I-540 and the funding for the construction project.
In deciding to expand, the Walton Arts Center has said that they will keep their current facilities, with any new spaces complimenting it, not replacing it. The arts center has said they are considering two sites, one in Fayetteville and one in Bentonville, but are still weighing their options and have come to no final decisions.
Whatever they decide, we are looking forward to seeing how the Walton Arts Center will expand. They expose our area to the arts in an invaluable way, and look forward to many more years of attending the best theatre, dance and other productions under their roof.