Local artist Kathy Thompson has brought “History Boxes” back to the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery in an exhibition titled Memories Worth Sharing, complete with a gallery reception at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Originally commissioned for the nonprofit organization’s 20th anniversary in 2012, the exhibition consists of 20 mixed-media assemblages that commemorate Walton Arts Center’s impact since it opened.

Each box utilizes the power of found objects to convey a sense of time, place, self and community, all focused around the mission and history of Walton Arts Center, according to a press release. With the strong community pull, patrons are now encouraged to add their memories into this collection. Patrons can donate a small object that represents a performing or visual arts experience that impacted their lives until Dec. 1. Objects should be left in the receptacle in the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery or at the box office, according to a press release.

From the selection of shared memories, Thompson will create the newest box, celebrating collaboration and community memories. It will be on display December 10-31.


Walton Arts Center was created when the community of Northwest Arkansas rallied around a vision and worked collaboratively for the good of the region. Since its opening in 1992, each person who has walked through the doors has added their experience, laughter, energy and memories to the collective space of Walton Arts Center. The Memories Worth Sharing exhibition explores Walton Arts Center memories through the lens of foundations, programming, giving back, experience and art forms.


Joy Pratt Markham Gallery is open Monday through Friday from Noon until 2 pm and one hour prior to most performances. Tours may be scheduled by calling 479.571.2766. Please arrange tours with at least three business days’ notice to schedule tour guides.