Community Art Wall opens in Fayetteville

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An old pump station building has become a canvas for creative expression in central Fayetteville.

The building, located at 691 W. Poplar St. in Fayetteville along the Razorback Greenway, was recently transformed for a new Fayetteville Arts Council project called Community Art Wall intended to “serve as an ever-changing venue for artists and community members to showcase their work legally and without a permit.”

Local artist Olivia Trimble helped kick off the project with a mural on the north-facing wall of the building. Trimble’s piece features block letters with the message “Imagine the Possibilities.” Trimble will also help maintain the project, including keeping the space available for muralists in training and covering any hate speech or profanity that might pop up.

The rules for the Community Art Wall are pretty simple:

Keep it positive: No hate speech, explicit, or gang-related content.
Keep it at the Pumphouse: Respect the neighborhood—only mark on the pumphouse walls.
Keep it respectful: Expect artwork turnover. Date your work and paint over older work first.
Keep it clean: Dispose of waste properly. Use safety gear and nontoxic materials. 

The project officially opened last weekend, and already the walls of the pump house have been covered will colorful art.

The art wall will be open for a one year pilot period.

For a bit more information, visit the Arts & Culture page on the City of Fayetteville’s website.

Update: Check it this video by Trimble documenting the process of creating the first murals.

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