New York City-based painter selected for the next art installation
Springdale, AR – The windows of the Famous Hardware building in Downtown Springdale will be activated with art once more. This time the windows will be brought to life by the artist Blanka Amezkua who was commissioned by CACHE with funding from the Tyson Family Foundation.
Blanka Amezkua is a painter, cultural promoter, educator, and project creator based in New York City. She has held exhibitions across the country and abroad at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, San Diego Art Institute, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Art Base Brussels among others. Her creative practice is greatly influenced and informed by folk art and popular culture—from papel picado to comic books.
Hierbitas de saberes (Tiny herbs of knowledge), is an art installation that shares the joy of the arrival of spring and brings to life the rich botanical diversity in Mexico. The installation features the flower illustrations found inside the Codex de la Cruz-Badiano, the oldest medical text crafted in the Americas. The codex is a guide to the medicinal plants used to cure ailments before the arrival of the Spaniards in Mexico. This fascinating installation is vibrant in color, rich in history and tells an important story of how nature can nurture and help to cure our present ailments.
#Famoushardware art installations, which began at the beginning of 2021 have featured a variety of artists from across the county. Information about each of the artists and their work can be found on our website, here. The installations make art accessible to the community and create new experiences for people visiting the downtown. All of the installations are visible from the sidewalk in front of the Famous Hardware building located at 113 West Emma Avenue and are explained in English, Spanish and Marshallese.
Below are the art installation details:
- The art will be installed March 1-5, 2023 by Blanka Amezkua and CACHE Director of Cultural Policy Lucas Cowan
- The art installation is located at at 113 West Emma Avenue.
- CACHE will host an artist talk on April 28 at 6 pm at The Medium located 214 S Main
- The art installation will be in place through June 5, 2023
More information about the art installation can be found here
ABOUT DOWNTOWN SPRINGDALE ALLIANCE: Downtown Springdale Alliance is a nonprofit that was formed in 2011 with a mission to create vibrancy in our dynamic downtown. For more information, visit www.downtownspringdale.org.
ABOUT CACHE: CACHE formed in 2019 to act as the central regional agency committed to connecting, supporting and developing the region’s arts, culture, and creative communities. CACHE will bring cohesive vision and strategy to the region’s organic creative activities, uplifting local artists, the nonprofit sector, municipal leadership, creative industries, and arts philanthropy and investments. CACHE programs include the Arts and Culture Bridge Fund, OZCast, region-wide cultural planning, the Music Ecosystem Strategy and Action Plan, ARt Connect, and the Arts Resource Desk. Learn more at cachecreate.org.
ABOUT THE TYSON FAMILY FOUNDATION: Established in 1970, the Tyson Family Foundation supports efforts for education, health, arts and culture and youth programs as well as a scholarship program for Tyson Foods employees and their families. The foundation has endowed and supported local, regional and national organizations committed to furthering access to knowledge, promoting creativity and supporting communities. The Foundation is currently led by President Olivia Tyson.