Nov. 16, 2023
Contact: Joanna Sheehan Bell
Arts and Culture Director
Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs
City of Fayetteville launches art space for community expression
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The City of Fayetteville will introduce a new community art space at the old Poplar Street Pumphouse with an event this Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 3 p.m.
The Pumphouse Community Art Project is a pilot initiative that aims to serve as an everchanging venue for artists and community members to showcase their work legally and without a permit.
Located at 691 W. Poplar St., the former City wastewater pump station sits on a 0.2-acre lot adjacent to the Razorback Regional Greenway. This initiative will revitalize the building into an evolving canvas for public creativity and expression, allowing the community to contribute art at any time in a welcoming and dynamic environment.
“The Pumphouse Community Art Project will be a cornerstone for cultivating local artistry and a testament to Fayetteville's vibrant culture," said Joanna Sheehan Bell, arts and culture director. “The project champions the City's commitment to art as a tool for community engagement and urban beautification.”
The launch event Saturday welcomes the public to help activate the space by participating in unveiling a mural on the Poplar Street-facing facade that will set the tone for the pumphouse's future. Also, the community is invited to actively partake in the art-making process during the event and at their leisure thereafter.
“The space is designed to encourage a sense of ownership and pride among Fayetteville residents, fostering an inclusive environment for all ages and backgrounds,” Sheehan Bell said.
The activation is being led by Fayetteville artist Olivia Trimble and the firm Sleet City Creative, which will take on the role of activating the space for muralist training and provide art maintenance and obscenity prevention during the one-year pilot period, ensuring a welcoming and family friendly environment.
For more information on the Pumphouse Community Art Project and other arts initiatives of the Parks, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs Department, visit https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/artsandculture.