Community Creative Center Collects $280,000 in Grants

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A Fayetteville-based nonprofit organization recently received more than $280,000 from the Walton Family Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Windgate Charitable Foundation Inc. to support arts education in Northwest Arkansas.

Community Creative Center will receive $246,000 from the Walton Family Foundation as a three-year grant to enhance arts education programs.

A $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will support the afterschool arts program, Curious Minds. The four-day art residency program is designed to inspire curiosity and creativity without placing additional financial or transportation burdens on schools or parents. More than 700 students will take part in it this year.

Finally, a $20,000 grant from The Windgate Charitable Foundation will go toward the Community Creative Center’s Stage to Studio program, which brings students to a live performance at Walton Arts Center and a hands-on art workshop at CCC’s studios.

“Our board is so proud of the impact these enriching arts education programs are making in Northwest Arkansas,” Kim Peters, board chair for the organization, said in a news release. “We are especially grateful to the Walton family, Walmart and the Windgate foundations for their leadership and extraordinary commitment to accessible arts experiences.”

In its 2015-2016 year, the organization provided studio art classes, workshops and art camps to more than 3,300 adults and children.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue offering outstanding arts experiences to our community,” executive director Barb Putman said in the release. “The first Walton Family Foundation grant three years ago allowed us to focus our programming, strengthen our administration and begin to get the word out about CCC. We’ve made great progress since then, and we are excited to see what the next three years will bring.”

In July 2013, the Walton Family Foundation provided $249,795 in a three-year grant, said Hannah Richey, marketing outreach coordinator for Community Creative Center. This is the fourth year the organization has received grants from the Walmart and Windgate foundations.