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.
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.
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.
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.”.
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.
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