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Teen photography program celebration at CB, Spring Break camps for kids, a haunted weekend in Eureka, and more.

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Teen Photographers Celebrated During Final Weekend Of Annie Leibovitz at Work Exhibition

Since September, nearly 1,000 teens have participated in the Beyond the Lens: Teen Photography Mentorship Program at Crystal Bridges, learning from local and national photographers — including Annie Leibovitz, whose exhibition is on display for just four more days.

  • A Picturesque History: Annie Leibovitz has made some of the most recognizable portraits in American life, ranging from black-and-white captures of cultural upheavals in the '70s to conceptual portraits of later years. Her unmatched eye, theatrical instincts, and wit reveal consistent intimacy in her work.

  • Students Of The Craft: Crystal Bridges will celebrate students who had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from Leibovitz with a reception this Sunday, Jan 28, from 1-3p, including the release of the Beyond the Lens photography book and a first look at a documentary created by the Springdale Schools Communication Dept. telling the story of the experience.

The event is free. Learn more HERE.


Three Local Companies Join Cartwheel Startup Studios’ Inaugural Bounds Accelerator Program

The Bounds Accelerator, a 16-week program initiated by Cartwheel Startup Studio and the U of A Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, launched its inaugural cohort this month with ten unique technology startups — three from Northwest Arkansas.

  • Head Over Heels: Bounds Accelerator helps new technology startups in the retail industry by bringing together experienced entrepreneurs, industry leaders, tech experts, students, and startup founders to collaborate and drive innovation using emerging technologies. The 16-week accelerator will culminate in a demo day at Ledger in Bentonville on Apr 29, with the startups competing for cash.

  • The Local Trio: Three NWA-based startups have joined the program, including Hashku, a marketing company using gaming platforms to connect brands with consumers; Indexer, an NFT infrastructure company; and Mycelium Networks, a decentralized data network.

Learn more about Bounds Accelerator HERE.

Enjoy Spring Break Camps At The Quiver Archery Range And Coler Mountain Bike Preserve

Spring Break is less than two months away! Help your kids make the most of their week off through Peel Compton Foundation’s unique camp experiences designed to get kids moving and foster new friendships while learning from certified archery & bike instructors.

  • Hit The Bullseye: Enroll your teen, ages 12-16, in Explore Archery Spring Break Camp at The Quiver! Campers will gain individualized archery experience alongside certified instructors, learning range safety, shooting form, equipment knowledge, shot execution, and scoring. Every day, Mar 18-22, from 1-5p.

  • Calling All Adventurers: Immerse your kids, ages 8-12, in an outdoor experience at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve for a whole week of activities, ranging from mountain biking, yoga, art, leave-no-trace ethics, camping basics, and map/compass navigation. Every day, Mar 18-22, from 8a-12p.

Camps will be held rain or shine! Learn more and sign up HERE.


Tour America’s Most Haunted Hotel During The 13th Annual Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

Explore one of America’s most haunted buildings during the upcoming Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend, beginning this weekend, Jan 26-28, and repeating Feb 2-4.

  • School For Ghouls: Nestled deep in the Ozark Mountains, the Crescent Hotel & Spa’s rich history began in 1868 as an elite hotel in the budding Eureka Springs community. It hosted a women’s college in the early 1900s. A con artist named Norman Baker operated a fraudulent “cancer-curing” hospital and morgue there in the late 1930s. The building suffered a fire in the ‘60s but was later renovated to preserve its former glory — no doubt disturbing the many ghosts within…

  • Ghostbusters: Join a 48-hour immersive experience as Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour Guides take you through a paranormal investigation, including overnight ghost hunts, hands-on exploration of unexplained phenomena, and access to the most haunted areas of the hotel.

Tickets are available HERE.


Sales Tax Revenue Up +4% In January Report

Northwest Arkansas started the year on a positive note regarding sales tax revenue, with Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale bringing in a combined total of $9.21m — a 4.42% increase over January 2023.

  • Benton Co.: Bentonville led the pack, reporting 13.53% gains over 2023 and a revenue of $2.158m. Rogers collected $2.337m, with a slight decrease of 0.18% compared to last year.

  • Washington Co.: Fayetteville reported sales tax revenue of $2.679m, up 1.08% from the previous year. Springdale saw 5.65% growth, with total revenue reaching $2.035m.

Read more on the region’s economic trajectory HERE.

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In other news…

  • 📜 History Just Got Personal: Pick your seat now to watch the brilliant blend of history and humor, What the Constitution Means to Me, on stage at TheatreSquared now through Mar 3.*

  • 🐱 Meow Matters: Unlock the secrets to a happy and harmonious life with your feline companions during a "Cat Behavior 101" class with Best Friends cat expert Samantha Bell at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center on Jan 27.* 

  • 🏀  Muss-t Watch Game: We’re giving away two tickets to the Arkansas Men’s Basketball matchup with Kentucky at Bud Walton Arena this Saturday, Jan 27, at 5p. Head over to our Instagram to enter!

  • 🎮 Game On: Tap into your nostalgia during the Market @ Record this Saturday with a free retro video game experience by Existential Synthesis from 9a-12p.

  • ☕️ Perfect The Drip: Join Onyx Coffee Academy for an Intro to Home Brewing course at their Downtown Rogers HQ this Saturday, Jan 27, from 9-11:30a to learn the fundamentals of coffee theory and practical skills to prepare better coffee at home.

  • 🧂 Feelin’ Salty: The Arkansas Dept. of Transportation had a hectic week clearing snow and ice off the roads, totaling $3m in salt usage alone across the state — nearly 30% of the state’s annual salt supply.

  • 👰 You May Kiss The Bride: Experience a day of wedding planning fun during the Kiss the Brides Expo at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale this Sunday, Jan 28, from 12-4p. Admission is $12.

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