First Impressions

May 15, 2021

Arts & Culture

Get a Look at Eternity

One of the world's largest paintings is on display in Rogers. Eternity is a 100 foot wide 12 foot tall canvas painting on display at the Rogers Experimental House

  • About the artist: Ibiyinka Alao is a United Nations art ambassador from Nigeria participating in a 6-week residency hosted by the Rogers Lowell Area Chamber and supported by the Tyson Family Foundation.
  • Ibiyinka began working on the painting 2 years ago. Eternity tells over a dozen different stories about new mornings, learnings, and more on the single, massive canvas.

Quote: "His message is sharing forgiveness, sharing love..." You can find out more about his time in Rogers HERE.

Community

Pay Your Pedals Forward

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Pedal It Forward, a local nonprofit in Bentonville and Rogers, aims to give everyone the opportunity to ride a bike and enjoy the freedoms that come with having wheels.

  • Tell me more: The organization receives bike donations, volunteers repair those bikes, and then Pedal It Forward distributes the bikes to those in need. If you want to volunteer to work on bikes or represent Pedal It Forward, no matter your skill set you can be valuable.
  • What can I do? You can join their group on social media, donate a used bike, and get in touch with them to volunteer. What better time to get involved than May Bike Month?

If you need a bike or know someone that does, you can contact Pedal It Forward HERE.

Sports

When Likes Matter

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Student-athletes at the University of Arkansas will be able to capitalize on their image and likeness through a new program, Flagship.

  • Context: During the 2021 legislative session, legislation was passed that will allow Arkansas student-athletes to receive compensation for their publicity or name, image and likeness rights. Student-athletes can now enter into contracts to be compensated for commercial use of publicity rights.
  • Flagship is designed to provide student-athletes with the tools to build their personal brands and earning capabilities. The University of Arkansas has created the Office of Athlete Brand Management to oversee this program.

You can read more about the new program and announcement HERE.

Events

Weekend Roundup

Nicole Claesen

Happy Friday, NWA! There's a lot going on this weekend around the region, here is what we recommend checking out:

  • Roots HQ on the Avenue: First weekend of live outdoor performance in downtown Fayetteville is happening tonight and tomorrow at the Roots HQ.
  • Campbell Crawfish: Theo's and Fossil Cove have joined forces to bring you the first annual Campbell Ave Crawfish Boil.
  • Spring sale: Behind on your spring planting? Benton County spring plant sale and expo is this weekend in downtown Bentonville.
  • Rhea Lana: Making a stop in NWA, Rhea Lana's kids consignment begins today at the Rogers Convention Center and runs all weekend.
  • Opening the Vault: Vault Bar is turning 3. This downtown Fayetteville bar is inviting you to celebrate Saturday with drink and food deals starting at 10a.
  • AMP'ed: Swing by the Rogers Walmart Amp tonight or tomorrow for an outdoor Happy Hour concert series. Proceeds go to support Ghost Light Recovery Fund.
  • JerryBerry: 2021's first spring music festival is happening today and tomorrow in Eureka Springs.
  • Volunteer opportunity: The 16th edition of the West Fork White River Clean up is taking place tomorrow from 9a-Noon.

Have a great weekend, and we will see you Monday!

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