Walmart has announced grants totaling more than $17 million to enhance the quality of life in northwest Arkansas. In addition, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $5 million to strengthen the region's healthcare infrastructure.
The grants will support efforts to increase access to high-quality arts and recreational amenities, as well as healthcare services, in the region. Grant recipients include the Walton Arts Center, which received a renewed commitment in support of an expansion of the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in support of its efforts to increase the number of people visiting the museum while maintaining a free-admission policy, as well as support for a new contemporary art facility under development in downtown Bentonville; and TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, the region's only year-round professional theater, which was awarded a grant in support of its campaign to fund and build a permanent home.
Recipients of the Walmart Foundation grants include the Mercy Health Foundation, in support of an expansion of its main northwest Arkansas facility and the addition of six primary and specialty clinics in Benton and Washington counties; and Northwest Arkansas Community College, for construction of a facility in Washington County that will enable the college to continue to provide accessible, affordable, and quality education, with a focus on meeting the demand for more healthcare professionals in the region.
"Walmart is proud to give back locally in the community where we operate," said Walmart executive vice president of corporate affairs Dan Bartlett. "Our success is intertwined with the success of the region and these investments, along with the recent announcement to build a new home office, reflect a continued commitment to improve the lives of all residents in northwest Arkansas."