Maker Spaces

Maker Spaces

Don’t just watch the world go by; dive right in


So you’re new to Northwest Arkansas? Well, you’ve already found The Free Weekly (and its sister magazine, What’s Up! at to keep you “in the know and on the go” as far as arts and entertainment in 12 — count ‘em, TWELVE — counties. Congrats!

But what if you want to do more than watch a play or ogle an art exhibit? In our annual Back to School edition, this year we want to introduce you to interactive opportunities — make a pot, play a part, pitch in at a museum. Northwest Arkansas just can’t help but embrace any artistic spirit!

We’ll start in Fayetteville and work our way north with side trips to the River Valley. We won’t get it all — there’s not enough space for that! — but we hope to serve you a sample of what Northwest Arkansas has to offer.



Art Ventures

A non-profit arts and education organization that promotes the visual arts in Northwest Arkansas by collaborating with the community, supporting artists and encouraging education and public engagement in the arts.

WHEN — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1-3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE — 101 W. Mountain St.

COST — Admission is free

INFO — 871-2722 or

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — On the fall schedule are classes in portrait painting (10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, starting Aug. 24; $5 students) and figure drawing (4-6 p.m. Sundays, starting Aug. 26, $3 students).


Community Creative Center

WHEN — Hours vary

WHERE — 505 W. Spring St.

COST — Varies by class

INFO — 571-2706

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — On the fall schedule are classes in clay, plein air painting and more, ranging in both duration and price. See details at


Stage Eighteen

Stage Eighteen wants to provide a diverse gallery space for emerging artists to show and sell art and for non-traditional performing artists to appear.

WHEN — The gallery is open the First Thursday of the month and one hour prior to Stage 18 events

WHERE — 18 E. Center St.

COST — Free during gallery hours; may be a charge for events

INFO — 466-9487

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — Stage Eighteen is now accepting exhibit proposals for one-person exhibitions, group shows and guest curators for 2019. Deadline is Dec. 1. Find out more at



A regional professional theater company, T2 is just about to complete a new multi-use building on West Avenue in Fayetteville.

WHEN — T2 presents a complete slate of productions, starting with “Once,” on stage this month

WHERE — 505 W. Spring St.

COST — Tickets are available at a reduced rate for students and playgoers under 30

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — The show might go on, but it wouldn’t be the same without a dedicated corps of volunteers helping out behind the scenes. Volunteers at T2 staff tables at community festivals, promoting our programming and sharing knowledge about the theater; and lend a hand at special events, such as our gala, open rehearsals, or opening nights. To sign up, visit Classes for adults — Beginning Acting, Intermediate Improv and Public Speaking — are also offered this fall.



Arts Center of the Ozarks

A nonprofit arts center that both produces and presents theater, hosts art shows and works in partnership with other nonprofits.

WHEN — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE — 514 S. Main St.

COST — Free and ticketed

INFO — 751-5441

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — Artists are invited to submit works for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration, a pop-up exhibition on show Oct. 30-Nov. 3, and for the annual 5×5 fundraising art event Oct. 26. Actors are invited to audition for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Oct. 9 & 11 with performances at the end of November. Find out more at


Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is a regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. The museum takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s.

WHEN — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday

WHERE — 118 W. Johnson Ave.

COST — Free

INFO — 750-8165 or

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — Like kids? The Shiloh Museum offers college students a chance to get hands-on experience volunteering with school-age children. Training and supervision are provided. Opportunities include regular field trips; Arkansas Symbols Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21; and Sheep-to-Shawl, Oct. 4-5, featuring live demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning & dying, and weaving. Find out more from education manager Judy Costello at or 750-08165.

Kyle Mayer, 10, left, gets some help from instructor Trent Tally Thursday, March 24, 2011, as the two work on a cobra cup during class at the Northwest Arkansas Community Creative Center in Fayetteville.

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Stage Eighteen — “Conspire to Inspire,” artwork by artists in Life Styles’ College for Living’s Fine Arts Program, remains on view through Sept. 2 at Stage Eighteen. The exhibited works, created by adults with disabilities, are also available for purchase. 466-9487 or

Paul Ahrens, of Lamar, sheers a ram Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 during the Sheep to Shawl event at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. Local school children learned where wool comes from and how it is sheered off the sheep. They also learned how the wool is turned into yarn and how to weave amount other activities.



Arkansas Public Theatre

A community theater presenting the hottest shows straight from New York, new scripts and old favorites.

WHEN — The fall schedule begins with “Sunset Boulevard” in mid-September; auditions are Sept. 17 for “Things to Do in Munich,” a new script by Oren Safdie

WHERE — The historic Victory Theatre, 116 S. Second St.

COST — Tickets start at $23

INFO — 631-8988

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — APT welcomes new actors to audition, technicians to run lights and sound and assist with costuming and set construction and volunteers to work as ushers and front of house. Find out more at



Museum of Native American History

The Museum of Native American History invites visitors to walk through America’s past. From the woolly mammoth skeleton that greets guests at the front door, to rare Mississippian head pots, to art and artifacts from the early reservation period, the museum’s authentic collection gives a glimpse into the richly diverse cultural history of the first Americans.

WHEN — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday

WHERE — 202 SW O St.

COST — Free

INFO — 273-2456;

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — Creative Visions events are opportunities to create art alongside traditional and contemporary artists as they lead quarterly step-by-step Native American art-making projects. Hors d’oeuvres and all supplies are provided. Free or low-cost registration is required. More information can be found at


Peel Mansion Museum

The Peel Mansion serves as a living display of the Victorian period and tells the story of a prominent early Bentonville family.

WHEN — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday for the museum and gift shop; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. for the grounds

WHERE — 400 S. Walton Blvd.

COST — $2 children; $5 adults

INFO — 254-3870;

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — Peel Mansion is seeking volunteer guides to host visitors from around the United States. Days and times are flexible. New volunteers go through an orientation and training. Contact Hobie Cadieux at 273-3636 or


Scott Family Amazeum

The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum for children and families.

WHEN — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesdays

WHERE — 1009 Museum Way

COST — $9.50 all ages

INFO — 696-9280;

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — Tinkerfest, a one-day festival that celebrates the creative, curious and innovative spirit in all of us, returns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. Guests connect and learn with Amazeum Makers-in-Residence and makers, tinkerers, artists, craftspeople, educators and creatives of all kinds. The only cost is regular admission.


Bella Vista

Bella Vista Historical Museum

The Bella Vista Historical Museum, operated by the Bella Vista Historical Society with an all-volunteer staff, features exhibits representing the past 103 years of Bella Vista history from the time Lake Bella Vista was created in 1915.

WHEN — 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

WHERE — 1885 Bella Vista Way, next door to the American Legion

COST — Free

CAN YOU MAKE IT? The Bella Vista Historical Museum welcomes the donation of an old log cabin this fall, and woodworkers are needed to help make period furniture to furnish it.


Ozark Folkways

Ozark Folkways, just a 30 minute drive south of the University of Arkansas in Winslow, was built in the mid-1940s as a school where rural residents could learn trades to support themselves in the post-war economy. More than 70 years later, Folkways remains devoted to the preservation, instruction, development and celebration of regional arts and crafts.

WHEN — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE — 22733 N. U.S. 71 in Winslow

COST — Varies by activity

INFO — 634-3791

CAN YOU MAKE IT? — A pottery maker space, complete with three electric wheels, a large slab roller, tools, slips and glazes, a raku kiln, and a computerized kiln is available during business hours and after hours by arrangement for $30 a month with clay and firing available for a nominal fee. The weaving maker space, which features a 4-harness Newburgh, appropriate for rugs, and an 8-harness Norwood, is also available for a $15 weekly fee, with 50 minute lessons available for $30 each and yarns and professional warping available for a small fee. And musicians are invited to jam every fourth Sunday at 5 p.m. at no cost.

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