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Artosphere Festival

Walton Arts Center is proud to announce the return of Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts + Nature Festival May 4-27, with events at locations across Northwest Arkansas.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 to Friday, May 27, 2022
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Locations Across Northwest Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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The Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Each year, Artosphere spotlights artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature, and provides a creative framework for the community to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness.

“Artosphere events this year are generally inspired by the sun — the energy and light it provides — which is essential for life,” said Scott Galbraith, Walton Arts Center vice president of programming and executive producer. “The arts are essential to our quality of life, so it seems only natural to bring those elements together.”  

The multi-week festival has performances outdoors, large orchestral concerts and several chamber music performances in special spaces throughout our region and a mix of free and low-cost events.

After COVID-19 restrictions forced Artosphere to scale back in 2020 and 2021, Walton Arts Center is elated to announce that the 90-member Artosphere Festival Orchestra (AFO) will return for 2022. Under the baton of acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris, AFO made its debut performance in May 2011. Each year, the highlight act of the festival brings more than 90 world-class musicians from distinguished symphonies, chamber ensembles and music programs around the world.

In addition to traditional orchestral, chamber music and community engagement performances, members of AFO also perform pop-up mini concerts in a variety of settings, and participate in popular performances on the region’s scenic trails and in other beautiful natural settings. 

Artosphere Trail Mix will focus on Downtown Fayetteville and the Frisco Trail, with performers and activities stationed along the trail for a fun evening enjoying art in nature. 

A special visual arts exhibition, Sol, curated by Kathy Thompson, will celebrate the themes of energy, light and sustainability. The exhibition in Joy Pratt Markham Gallery features an Artosphere-themed sculpture made from recycled materials; five energy-inspired, large-format paintings created by local public schools and community groups; and two pieces designed and created by Walton Arts Center staff that evoke visuals of sunlight in its various forms. The exhibition will also give patrons a look back at memorable Artosphere events and experiences.

Additional bands representing different genres will also perform throughout the festival, including Trout Fishing in America at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem in Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center, and, in partnership with Railyard Live in Rogers, The Cate Brothers and Funk Factory. Additional performance locations, artists performing during Trail Mix, film selections and events will be announced soon.

Except where noted below, tickets or reservations for these events are available starting at 10 am on Wednesday, April 6. Purchase or reserve tickets to all events in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting


Symphonic and Classical Music Performances

World Premiere of Steve Mackey’s Memoir 
Featuring Dover Quartet and arx duo with Natalie Christa 
7 pm | Wednesday, May 18 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center 
Tickets: $15-25 plus applicable fees
Artosphere Festival Orchestra Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum 
Featuring Van Cliburn Competition Laureate, Piano Soloist Benedetto Lupo 
7 pm | Thursday, May 19 | Great Hall, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 
Tickets: $49 plus applicable fees
Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10x10 Arts Series Performance: Tango & Passion, Music of Piazzolla, Martucci, & Mendelssohn 
Featuring Bandoneon soloist Hector del Curto  
7 pm | Monday, March 23 | Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center
Tickets: $10 and on sale now
Seraph Brass Chamber Concert
6 pm | Tuesday, May 24 | Memorial Park Chautauqua Amphitheater, Siloam Springs

Artosphere Festival Orchestra Finale: An Evening of Strauss & Stravinsky 
Don Juan, Four Last Songs, and Firebird Suite 
Featuring Soprano soloist Tiffany Townsend 
8 pm | Friday, May 27 | Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center 
Tickets: $15-$67, plus applicable fees and on sale now 

Additional Music

Trout Fishing in America
7 pm | Wednesday, May 4 | Botanical Garden of the Ozarks 
Free but ticketed event

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
7:30 pm | Thursday, May 5 | Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center 
Tickets: $33 plus applicable fees and on sale now

The Cate Brothers at Railyard Live
8 pm | Friday, May 6| Railyard Live, Rogers 
Partner event – Tickets at now
Tickets: free-$20 

Funk Factory at Railyard Live
8 pm | Saturday, May 7 | Railyard Live, Rogers
Partner event – Tickets at now
Tickets: free-$20 
Additional Events

May 1-31 | Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center
Open Monday through Friday from 10 am until 2 pm, 60 minutes prior to performances and during intermission 

Trail Mix on the Frisco Trail
5 pm | Friday, May 6

Opera Fayetteville Second Nature
8 pm | Saturday, March 7 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center 
Tickets: $15-25 plus applicable fees and on sale now

Indie Films Artosphere
7 pm | Thursday, May 26 | Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center
Tickets: $15 plus applicable fees and on sale now

AFO Off the Grid
7 pm | Thursday, May 26 | Locations and performers will be announced soon

For more information about the Artosphere Festival and a complete event lineup, download the Artosphere App from Google Play™ or the Apple® App StoreSM or visit 
Artosphere 2022 is sponsored by Walmart, and supported by Friends of Artosphere and Sustainers Circle. Support for Dover Quartet and Maestro Corrado Rovaris provided by Mary Ann and Reed Greenwood. Trail Mix is sponsored by Bank of America. 10x10 concert support provided by Paul M Angell Family Foundation, Dick & Margaret Rutherford and Micky & Marybeth Mayfield. The AFO Finale concert is supported by Marti and Kelly Sudduth and Peter B. Lane and Barbara Putman. Media support provided by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, KUAF 91.3FM Public Radio, Celebrate Arkansas magazine and CitiScapes magazine.  

The Artosphere App is compatible with all standard smartphones and tablets. App Store is a service mark of Apple® Inc. Google Play™ is a trademark of Google Inc.