Cultural Arts Corridor


The City of Fayetteville is developing a dynamic Cultural Arts Corridor that will link cultural attractions—including the Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared’s new performing arts venue, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville Public Library, and the Fay Jones Woods—and activate the outdoor environment between Dickson and Prairie Streets with a range of amenities that will enhance the experience for city residents and visitors alike. The plan will incorporate playful recreation elements, public art, streetscaping, enhanced pedestrian paths, and open-air gathering spaces while integrating the natural landscape with the urban. 

The creation of this corridor will improve access to natural and urban public spaces, cultural and educational attractions, the University of Arkansas, the Razorback Greenway, the Downtown Square, and the wider city. 

The plan for this transformative project is made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program. Award-winning landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz (NBW) were selected to design the corridor. When complete, the 50-acre corridor will serve as a vibrant and memorable civic space for entertainment, community, and expression that also showcases the unique character and culture of Fayetteville.

Update: A Sustainable Urban Landscape

West AVenue illustration

Designs are shaping up and focusing on three main areas: to celebrate our local arts culture; to preserve the environment, urban forest, and watershed; and to create accessible and enjoyable gathering spaces in central Fayetteville for all residents and visitors.

The most recent presentation answers the question, “What can we as a City do right here that we cannot do anywhere else?” The restoration of Tanglewood Branch provides a unique opportunity to showcase Fayetteville’s sustainability values through stewardship of our watershed and urban forest. The ecological elements of this project will set a new bar for sustainable urban landscapes with:

  • Reclaimed streams
  • Urban canopy
  • Creative stormwater management
  • Nature and biking trails for active outdoor living
  • Nature education
  • Convergence of art and nature

The project will create a community hub for gathering and play, large and small performances, festivals, art exhibitions and storytelling, sculptures, murals, and artful stormwater management and lighting. 

The Cultural Arts Corridor is a public investment on public land for public use. As is demonstrated in communities across the world, this type of public investment also spurs private development on private land. The project will be a catalyst for additional development and density in the downtown area, increasing bike trails and connections, and improving streets and walkability. Please stay tuned and give us your feedback!

View the PowerPoint from December 4, 2018 architects' presentation

View the October, 2018 architects' presentation.

View the August, 2018 architects' presentation.

View the latest design concepts here. 

Public Engagement Meetings III: Final Schematic Design 

The Mayor is asking residents and visitors to participate in the process and identify specific features that will generate momentum for a capital bond initiative for its construction.

Tuesday, December 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fayetteville Town Center - Featuring design presentations by landscape architects, Nelson Byrd Woltz, followed by a community input session.

Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Fayetteville Town Center - Featuring design presentations by landscape architects, Nelson Byrd Woltz, followed by a community input session.

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Speak Up Fayetteville

Please click here to see survey results from Round 3.

Please click here to see survey results from Round 2.

Please click here to see survey results from Round 1.

History of the Project

Fayetteville City Council approved two resolutions (below) authorizing the City to move forward with designs for the Cultural Arts Corridor.

Resolution 258-17, passed on Dec 5, 2017, accepted the $1.77 M grant from the Walton Family Foundation for the design of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project, which encompasses 12 acres of City-owned property in the Corridor, including the West Avenue parking lot.

Resolution 138-18, passed on June 19, 2018, hired Nelson Byrd Woltz for Phase One of the design of the Cultural Arts Corridor Project.

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