Exhibition Takes Fresh Look at Equality
Crystal Bridges does it again with a powerful, temporary exhibit showcasing the work of conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas. Featuring more than 90 pieces of art, including photographs, sculptures and mixed media, this exhibit demonstrates the power of art to educate and draw awareness to the ongoing struggles for civil rights and justice.
Visitors will recognize in Thomas’ work many popular images in sports, pop culture and advertising which provides an accessible point of entry for challenging but important conversations around race.
Crystal Bridges is making the most of this opportunity by offering a full calendar of programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including film screenings, concerts, and community conversations hosted around the region. The exhibit is on view until April 2020.
EngageNWA to Release New Diversity Report
On March 12, EngageNWA and the Northwest Arkansas Council will release the Engage The Future: A Look at Northwest Arkansas’ Growing Diversity report. The report documents the region’s diverse population growth over the last 10 years, provides comparative analysis with several peer regions and zooms in on the demographics of our regional school districts. Spoiler alert: in our five largest school districts, more than 87 different languages are spoken.
This new data provides an exciting and important opportunity to evaluate and build on all of our efforts to engage diversity at all levels and in all sectors. We know our combined commitments to a diverse and inclusive region have the power to create stronger communities and a stronger regional economy.
Mark your calendars to join us for the release on Thursday, March 12, 11:30am-1pm at The Record in downtown Bentonville. The event will include a panel discussion with regional leaders and 2020 census update.
““The most revolutionary thing a person can do is be open to change.””- Hank Willis Thomas2018 Guggenheim Fellowship award winner
Area Chamber Releases Census Videos
The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has released two sets of videos (available in English and Spanish) to engage the public around the importance of the 2020 census and answer commonly asked questions about the census form.
The videos feature local students and leaders, including KNWA anchor Jennifer Peñate, as well as area restaurants and community centers. Please share with your networks and help us ensure an accurate 2020 census count!
WHAT WE’RE READING
How we communicate around diversity is a key component for achieving a more inclusive region. The words we use and the photos we choose go a long way to convey respect and belonging. Here at EngageNWA, we are working hard to make sure that our communication — from proper capitalization to better icons — advances our vision for making Northwest Arkansas a more inclusive place for all who choose to live here.
This new guide “Communicating on Race and Racial Economic Equity” from Prosperity Now has been a helpful addition to our growing toolkit.