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CACHE will establish shared assets and new resources – physical, virtual, and financial – to develop relevant, innovative systems and favorable operating conditions for local creativity and innovation.

Enhance the quality of our everyday lives

Foster community cohesion, inclusion, and diversity

Cultural Planning

City-specific arts and culture strategies that create a collective vision for Northwest Arkansas


CACHE will lead businesses, local governments, artists and arts stakeholders to form a comprehensive arts and culture strategy for each City in the region and the region as a whole, that deepens the cultural identity of the region, prioritizes and coordinates opportunities and resources, creates policies and infrastructure, and shapes the direction of the region’s arts programming and offerings. Cultural planning efforts seek to create a collective vision for Northwest Arkansas as a center for innovative, exciting, equitable arts, culture and creativity at all scales.

NWA Cultural Planning Schedule

Rogers: Underway
Fayetteville: Early 2021
Bentonville: Likely 2021-2022
Springdale: Likely 2021-2022
Siloam Springs: Likely 2021-2022


CACHE partnered with the city of Rogers to lead a cultural planning effort and create an action plan for arts and culture for the city for the next 10 years including public art, park activation, programming and cultural spaces. Through support from CACHE, the city of Rogers established the first full-time municipal arts and culture-focused job in NWA.


Slated for early 2021, CACHE will work with the City of Fayetteville to create municipal arts leadership, strategy, policies, and processes and will co-lead intensive community engagement towards a vision for cultural programming and development.

CACHE worked with British music industry think tank Sound Diplomacy to complete a Music Ecosystem Strategy and Action Plan for NWA, which engaged more than 500 people from the region’s community and music industry leaders. Research showed Northwest Arkansas’ music ecosystem produces a $389 million economic output and is responsible for 3,972 jobs in the region. Sound Diplomacy made several recommendations to elevate the region’s music ecosystem.

Music Ecosystems

Support and growth for the Northwest Arkansas music scene



Key opportunities to be addressed over the next three years include


Establishing a full-time staff dedicated to the development of music ecosystem

Activating cities to strategically support music

Developing platforms for the region’s diverse, culturally rich communities

Creating grants, residencies, exchanges, workshops and more for musicians

Supporting the creation of dedicated artist-centric spaces

Nurturing, growing and attracting music businesses and music-related technology and multimedia sectors to support local artists

Building partnerships with K-12 schools, arts education organizations and higher education to create intentional pipelines of local skills and creativity