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Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) at the Northwest Arkansas Council awarded an additional $250,000 in grants to 22 local arts and culture nonprofits through its bridge fund program.

The program distributed $500,000 among 23 organizations in May 2020.

The second round of funding, supported through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, provides support for organizations to develop long-term strategies around operations, infrastructure and creative production in response to the ongoing and dramatic changes within the arts and culture sector due to COVID-19.

“CACHE is proud to partner with many of the region’s resilient cultural organizations to reimagine the structures and systems they use to create and operate,” said Allyson Esposito, CACHE executive director.

50 organizations applied for funding and the following organizations were selected to receive funding through the program:

“This grant means support for a number of wonderful things at Arkansas Soul, including a platform for Black artists, a resource for Black audiences and a home for BIPOC-centered content,” said Niketa Reed, director of Arkansas Soul. “The pandemic made it incredibly difficult for us to stay connected and build valuable relationships in marginalized regional communities. We’re grateful and eager to use this opportunity as a bridge to meet diverse audiences where they are, increase our reach to them and mark a path forward in amplifying Black voices.”

Special thanks to our major investors for their support of the Northwest Arkansas Council and our work in the region: