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CACHE is a dedicated and disciplinarily diverse team of working artists bonded by a love for the intersection of creativity and community.

Lucas Cowan

Director of Cultural Policy

Lucas has more than 19 years of curatorial and arts administration experience. He has served as Director and curator of Public Art for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Director of Public Art for the Maryland State Arts Council, and Senior Curator of Exhibits for both Millennium Park and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. He is the founder and Chief Consultant for Arts & Culture, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in curation and arts strategy. Lucas attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied Fiber and Material Studies and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Master Program in Arts Administration.

Meghan Dale

Chief of Staff

Meghan Dale brings more than ten years of arts and media experience to the team, including backgrounds in sports broadcast journalism, freelance film production, and performing arts.

A New England transplant, Meghan made her way to Arkansas by way of Louisiana, where she spent three years managing production office teams and on-site locations for independent and studio productions. Most recently, she worked in community engagement for Walton Arts Center’s Learning team, coordinating the residency schedules of incoming performing artists. Meghan’s work also focused on creating opportunities for local students, teachers, and life-long learners to engage deeper with the arts. She was the on-site coordinator of Walton Arts Center’s VoiceJam A Cappella Festival, managing logistics, communication, and scheduling of national competitors, judges, and educators, as well as international partners.

In 2018, Meghan was named to the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) class of 30 Under 30.

Lisa Marie Evans

Director of Creative Development

Lisa Marie Evans is a filmmaker, animator and artist advocate. Evans shares knowledge to empower artists and community. She has developed curricula, taught filmmaking to all ages, and programmed film festivals and events.

Evans was a keynote speaker with her feature documentary, “In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction,” at Gendercom: the International Conference on Gender & Communication in Viterbo, Italy. “In Her Words” was the first film to win the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. In 2022 the film screened at festivals in Italy, Perú, the United States, Ireland, Spain, and Mexico. The film received an honorable mention from OutFest Perú and two awards from the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, including Director’s Choice and Festival Favorite. “In Her Words" will screen in 2023 at Queer Screen's 30th Mardi Gras Film Festival during World Pride in Sydney, Australia.

Evans co-produced “Beyond Belief,” a digital storytelling project in partnership with the Association of Independents in Radio and Kansas City PBS. She was the project manager, editor and animator for OZCast, an online creative series featuring local, regional and national artists. She is a 2021 recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council’s Fellowship Award in Cinematic Arts.

Evans co-founded and co-curates “Collision: When Visions Combine,” an annual performance event at the Momentary. She has mentored hundreds of multidisciplinary artists through Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist INC and in her current role as the Director of Creative Development for CACHE, where she leads professional development programming and grant-making for artists.

Kelsey Howard

Director of Arts Services & Strategic Partnerships

Kelsey Howard is a world traveler at heart who’s grateful to call Siloam Springs, AR home. After teaching English in South Korea, Kelsey received the Rotary District 6110 Ralph R. Kirchner Award, which funded her graduate studies in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London) with a specialization in British architecture.

She has worked at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, John Brown University in Siloam Springs as an adjunct professor teaching Art History, and was most recently the Executive Director of Main Street Siloam Springs. In the last several years, she’s had the privilege to combine her love of public art with enhancing historic downtown spaces; she was honored with the Main Street Arkansas Outstanding Director award of 2018-2019. Kelsey currently sits on the governor-appointed Arkansas Historic Preservation Review Committee to protect our state’s historic buildings.

Brittany Johnson

Director of Communications

Brittany Johnson is an arts administrator originally from Houston, Texas. She fell in love with Northwest Arkansas after moving to the region in 2017 to join the Communications and Marketing team at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. While at Crystal Bridges, she held multiple positions, led DEAI efforts for the institution and its sister venue, the Momentary, and founded the museum's first Black and African-American staff resource group. Brittany has held positions at Houston Arts Alliance, Mexic-Arte Museum, and SFMOMA. She holds dual graduate degrees in Arts Management from both SMU in Dallas, USA and HEC Montréal in Montreal, Canada and has a masters in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thalia Madewell

Operations Manager, The Medium

Since 2015, Thalia has been a vital liaison between performing arts and the community, following more than a decade of in-home education fueling the minds and passions of her five children. Combining her scientific background — a Cum Laude University of Arkansas graduate with a degree in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science — with the artistic, athletic, and academic world in which she was immersed, Thalia began her career as Production Manager for the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet, the region’s premiere dance school.

In 2019, Thalia continued to cultivate a relevant landscape for dance in Northwest Arkansas, working with acclaimed directors, artists, and choreographers as Project Manager on a successful six-month pilot program called Dance Anywhere/Everywhere. Later, as Executive Director of NWA Ballet Theatre, she managed 22 professional dancers and administratively supported art that began receiving national attention. Thalia orchestrated the day-to-day operations of NWABT and quickly became the hub of information flowing in and out of the organization. She not only solidified the continuation of the company, but found her niche in the curation of relationships among artists, venue operators, arts organizations, and community leaders.

Thalia is an Enneagram 6, born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She’s been married 22 years and has 5 children, aged 19 to 10, whom she gave birth to at home. She is a Sagittarius Sun (barely) who identifies as a Capricorn, Gemini Moon, Gemini Rising. Thalia used to be a tap dancer and marathon runner; now she go on long walks for exercise, but also to binge podcasts. Thalia geeks out on astrology but will also talk anything Kardashian with you too.

Kevin Nguyen

Back of House and Technical Coordinator, The Medium

Kevin Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American musical artist, producer, and audio engineer from Salt Lake City, UT. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Gilbert, AZ. For the past 2.5 years, Kevin has spent time working on his craft in an intimate studio space located in Bentonville’s famed CACHE Studios, collaborating with the new wave of Hip-Hop and Rap artists in our flourishing and eclectic art and music scene. Having recently served as a barista at a local cafe, known for its excellence in hospitality, he is looking to help facilitate these qualities, at The Medium, for everyone in the creative community.

Amber Perrodin

Artist & Community Manager, The Medium

Inspired by the Ozark region she was born in, Amber Perrodin is a community-focused artist, friend of the forest, and chronic grassroots organizer that feeds on empowering others.

Perrodin is currently the Artist Fellow with “Looking for America” and as a result has curated the Ozark Story Project, a creative storytelling project exploring and cataloging the intersection of immigrant and traditional folklore in the Ozarks. Since 2018, Perrodin has served as a local team member with “Live in America,” a collaborative research project presented by The Momentary, that seeks to amplify the full and rich terrain of performance art in America.

A mixed-media artist based in Springdale, Arkansas, Perrodin is energized by the sense of place and community. Previously serving as the Program Director with the Downtown Springdale Alliance, Perrodin organized over 100 events in just two years.

Amber is the creator of The Little Craft Show and Team Springdale. She also co-founded and organizes The Creative Social Retreat and, along with her husband, they’ve nurtured an artist-led space in their downtown Springdale art studio that’s services the neighborhood and surrounding community through public and private events.

It’s clear for Perrodin, that art, nature, and community go hand in hand. Often found foraging for wild mushrooms, swimming in creeks, and searching for tumbled creek glass, Perrodin brings the essence of these quiet moments into her artwork and community-focused projects, living by the motto: “What you focus on becomes what is.”.

John Wayne Pharr

General Manager, The Medium

John Wayne is a Filipino-American who has spent half of his life on opposite sides of the world. But no matter where he has been, there has always been an innate desire to make sounds and capture them. He began his musical journey as an avid listener, which then progressed into learning to become a keyboardist, a choir member, and finally a self-taught guitarist. That path proceeded to him taking on roles as an audio engineer, videographer, and live sound technician. Later on in life, he was introduced to his second passion, construction. With more than five years of experience in various aspects of construction, he is looking to transform The Medium in Downtown Springdale into a safe and evolving space that provides for the needs of local creatives.

Cynthia Tran

Event & Front of House Coordinator, The Medium

A creative at heart, Cynthia D. Tran is a fine art photographer, educator, event curator, and multi-disciplinary artist. With a heart-felt passion for empowering others to embrace their authenticity, Cynthia leads by example through her own embodiment work and keen sense for self-expression. Mindful of the ever-changing moments in her life, she thrives to capture the essence of every place and every person she encounters with the utmost attention to detail, reminding others to find joy in the little things. A lover of nature, collector of crystals and plants, and avid fan of travel and adventure, she has a zest for working alongside natural beauty, finding herself currently residing in NWA now for the very same reasons.

Since 2012, she has always had a camera in her hand. In 2016, she funded her own art space, Transcendence Crystal & Art Collective, a hybridized gallery showcasing nature’s finest hand-picked minerals alongside talented local artists sourced throughout Oklahoma and beyond. Cynthia gained newfound appreciation for the diversity of culture, community, and collaboration through her business and moved on in 2018 to serve bigger organizations such as RAW Artists and Art Con with photography and visual production.

In 2019, she founded Women & Wildlife, an innovative retreat and art project, promoting overall mind, body, and spiritual wellness, while connecting to nature through exploration, art cultivation, and radical vulnerability. Combining her artistic vision alongside therapeutic practices such as yoga, meditation, sensual movement, hiking, and art therapy, this experience has expanded across the midwest in various locations with the support of the community she has developed through her career and by following her purpose. The offering is a unique way to connect within and with others. She is dedicated to uplifting those around her and finds herself to be the connector of people from all walks of life.

CACHE is grateful for the consulting support of our community:

Alex Betz

CACHE Nonprofit Liaison

Raven Cook

CACHE Nonprofit Liaison

Graham Stewart

Creative Calendar Liaison

Meredith Wagner

Social Media Consultant