People Power

July 13, 2022

Community

Job Path in NWA Helps Students With Disabilities Succeed In Workforce

NWA Daily

Job Path in Northwest Arkansas has a mission to find barriers to employment and provide the support needed for everyone to feel fulfilled in their work. The program, partnered with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), assists specifically young adults, ages 16-24, with disabilities to prepare for the workforce.

  • Services: The program aids a hundred NWA youth annually in identifying what they love and equips them to be productive members of society. Some of the program services are vocational counsel, job placement and training, summer internships, transportation, and everything needed to ensure long-term success. 
  • Connections: The program is free for students who enroll, but services are still available to students after graduation through ARS. Job Path students are currently working all over NWA, but the program is always looking for new employers and business partners. 

Listen to an inside look at Job Path HERE

Events

Crystal Bridges To Host Celebratory Weekend For The Dirty South

Crystal Bridges

The Dirty South exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is getting its own weekend of events! 

  • Celebrate: There will be three days of performance, conversation, and celebration over this coming weekend, July 15-17, to immerse into the sounds and stories of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Admission to the exhibition is free all weekend as well. 
  • Events: To kick off the weekend, there will be a concert on Friday uniting three legendary performers for a night of spoken word, jazz, funk, and more. Saturday will be a day of artist talks, conversations, and a Run the Jewels & Big Boi concert. Sunday will conclude with more artist talks and music performances. 

Learn more HERE!

Business

Northwest Arkansas Continues To Prove Unique

NWA Daily

You've heard it said: Northwest Arkansas is the new Austin or other boom areas. But NWA is not really a "next." It's a first. 

  • Growth: According to recent data from the University of Arkansas, NWA has been responsible for all of the state's net job growth over the past two years. Statewide, Arkansas has created 15,000 jobs in the past two years, roughly equivalent to NWA's job growth over the same time period. 
  • People power: With tremendous job and population growth, the area's recreational amenities add to the quality of life and reflect a region doing things right. It's obvious NWA provides people opportunities to pursue their goals, but the director of Startup Junkie says that it's the people in the Ozarks that shine with a history of building from nothing some of the biggest, most prominent companies in the world.

Read the full Arkansas Money & Politics story HERE.

Environment

Fayetteville Leads Arkansas In Clean Energy Goals

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Did you know Fayetteville is leading the state in committing to clean energy goals? 

  • Clean city: Through city-wide and community-led programs and projects, Fayetteville has made plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is the first city in Arkansas to commit to 100% clean energy. In 2017, the city laid out an Energy Action Plan to encourage continued efforts in the Climate and Energy sector. 
  • Wise moves: In addition to reducing greenhouse gases, the plan outlines ways the city can increase energy efficiency, too. The plan includes reducing housing and transportation costs to 45% of area median income, a 40% tree canopy coverage, a 25% bike/walk/transit mode, a 40% total waste diversion from the landfill, and so much more. 

Check out the plan HERE

Art

WAC Calls Artists For Group Exhibition

NWA Daily

The Walton Arts Center is accepting submissions for the second open call for Our Art, Our Region, Our Time, a group exhibition featuring works created by Northwest Arkansas visual artists. 

  • Adding art: Artists 18 and older from NWA are invited to apply with works of pretty much any medium completed after July 1, 2021. The exhibition is not themed and seeks to be a celebration of the talented artists who call NWA home. The current exhibitions are Listening Objects and TOPO Map for School Avenue
  • For community: Artists may submit up to two works for consideration, though only one will be selected for the exhibition. The submission deadline is August 15, and the selections will be announced September 6. The exhibition will take place in Walton Arts Center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery from October 6 to November 13.

Learn more and apply HERE

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