The Weekly Vista

Artlook® launches in northwest Arkansas


FAYETTEVIL­LE — Walton Arts Center has joined forces with CACHE (Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange) to bring artlook® to northwest Arkansas. The map-based online tool is a one-stop shop for informatio­n about arts education and resources in Washington, Benton and Madison counties.

The goal of artlook is to increase access, equity and quality arts programs in every public school and grade in northwest Arkansas. artlook is live now and populated with informatio­n from the Arkansas Department of Education. Schools and arts organizati­ons have been updating their individual profiles with specifics about arts education services offered and needed. Each school that completed their profile by the end of 2022 received a $500 grant to be used toward their arts programmin­g.

“Walton Arts Center’s goal has always been to ensure that every student in our region has access to arts experience­s,” said Sallie Zazal, Walton Arts Center director of learning and engagement. “artlook is the tool that connects all parties in one platform, making that goal a reality – not just for us, but for arts organizati­ons of all sizes.”

artlook provides easy access to informatio­n about the arts education environmen­t, allowing users to explore and download informatio­n about both the schools and the community-based arts organizati­ons that serve them. Among other valuable informatio­n, artlook contains data on the presence of arts teachers and partners in schools, minutes and discipline­s of instructio­n, school and partner arts programs and school needs. This informatio­n can then be used to advocate or fundraise to bring similar resources to their schools.

“This platform will help identify districts or schools that may be lacking in arts education opportunit­ies so that arts organizati­ons and teaching artists can reach out and offer help to fill those voids,” Zazal said.

artlook has been used in Chicago since 2012 to monitor arts education, and they have seen great success with the program. They now have 1,200 arts organizati­ons bringing services to their schools and more than 100,000 students annually receive weekly access to arts instructio­n.

Start exploring artlook today at and see how this platform can bridge the gap between arts providers and places where arts are needed. There’s still time for schools to update their profiles. For more informatio­n contact artlook@waltonarts­center. org.

The artlook platform is made possible by Walton Arts Center in collaborat­ion with CACHE and is funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

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