The Walmart Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Walton Arts Center.
The grant, announced Tuesday night, will go toward the WAC’s $23 million expansion plan to modernize the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.
Plans include adding 30,000 SF of space, including a new and expanded atrium lobby that connects to Dickson Street, significant renovations and expansion of Starr Theater, expanding space for back of the house technical and theatrical equipment, and new administrative offices.
The goal is to complete the Dickson Street renovation by fall of 2016. Heavy construction of the main lobby and Starr Theater will occur during the off-peak summer months of 2015 and 2016 to minimize the impact on regular programming and ensure the arts center has a full season.
“The partnership between Walton Arts Center and the Walmart Foundation has been an exceptionally strong one,” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “Since opening our doors, the Walmart Foundation has generously supported Walton Arts Center and the Foundation’s participation in this capital campaign represents trust in our future, and the future of the performing arts. Together, the Walmart Foundation and Walton Arts Center have worked to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas by increasing access to the arts in our region.”