Northwest Arkansas Arts
and Culture Bridge Fund
CACHE Awards Second Round of Grants to 22 Local Nonprofits
Springdale, Ark. (Jan. 28, 2021) – Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) at the Northwest Arkansas Council awarded grants to 22 more local arts and culture nonprofits through its bridge fund program.
The second round of funding, supported through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, provides support for organizations to develop long-term strategies around operations, infrastructure and creative production in response to the ongoing and dramatic changes within the arts and culture sector due to COVID-19.
“CACHE is proud to partner with many of the region’s resilient cultural organizations to reimagine the structures and systems they use to create and operate,” said Allyson Esposito, CACHE executive director.
50 organizations applied for funding and the following
organizations were selected to receive funding through the program:
This Grant Leads
“This grant means support for a number of wonderful things at Arkansas Soul, including a platform for Black artists, a resource for Black audiences and a home for BIPOC-centered content,” said Niketa Reed, director of Arkansas Soul. “The pandemic made it incredibly difficult for us to stay connected and build valuable relationships in marginalized regional communities. We’re grateful and eager to use this opportunity as a bridge to meet diverse audiences where they are, increase our reach to them and mark a path forward in amplifying Black voices.”
Funds will be used to support transition planning and may be used for activities including, but not limited to: developing new sustainable and inclusive business models, staffing models, programs and strategies; winding down programming and operations where needed; generating new streams of revenues; developing new partnerships; and building capacity and infrastructure to take programming online for the duration of the pandemic and beyond.
A volunteer panel of community arts leaders made recommendations on which organizations should receive funding based on the strength and feasibility of each organization’s plan to adapt in response to the current pandemic and the organizational budget size. Panelists who identified an affiliation or conflict of interest with a Bridge Fund applicant refrained from reviewing, deliberating, or voting on that application.
Many thanks to the 2021 Bridge Panel reviewers for their efforts:
Filmmaker, Musician, CACHE
Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum, Non Profit Administrator, Curator
Arkansas Arts Academy, NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet, NWA Ballet Theatre Board, Dancer, Choreographer, Educator
CACHE, Literary Editor, Prison Writing Mentor, Poet
Non Profit & Arts
University of Arkansas
School of Art
Shannon A. Jones
TheatreSquared, Theatre Artist and Administrator
Visual Artist, Filmmaker
Founder, Blackground Professional Agency
Visual Storyteller, John Brown University Visual Arts
Director, Filmmaker, CACHE
Experimental Artist, CACHE
NWA Ballet Theatre