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ARt Connect

In 2020, CACHE and Mid-America Arts Alliance teamed up to lead a two-year professional and organizational development program called ARt Connect. It brought together a cohort of 10 small to midsize arts and culture organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Over the course of two years, CACHE paid each organization a stipend to pay for the participants’ valuable time to participate in monthly workshops and one-on-one consultations with professional development coaches and topic-based experts. All learning was focused on three pillars of learning:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Finance
  3. Governance

To turn this learning into meaningful action, CACHE awarded each organization with a $10,000 grant.

The ARt Connect program is generously supported by the Walmart Foundation.


Bridge Fund Grant

Grant opportunities for small to mid-sized Northwest Arkansas arts and culture nonprofits impacted by COVID-19

In 2020 and 2021, CACHE distributed a total of $750,000 through The Bridge Fund to thirty small and mid-sized Northwest Arkansas arts and culture nonprofits. Supported through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the funding provided support for organizations to rethink their audience needs, reimagine their future, and 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. Many of the grantee organizations serve the region’s most vulnerable communities, and it was critical to support them as they stabilized and planned for the future.

YOLO: Year of Learning + Outreach

Learn more about CACHE’s ongoing learning and development opportunities.