northwest arkansas pride

UPDATED: Arkansas venue’s CEO explains concerns about youth-focused Pride events

BY: - May 24, 2023

This article has been updated to include new comments from Northwest Arkansas Pride director Richard Gathright.  Walton Arts Center leadership says adults were not going to be allowed in one of the youth-focused areas at Northwest Arkansas Pride this year, citing this as a reason the nonprofit behind June’s LGBTQ+ festivities decided to move the […]

Walton Arts Center board members resign after CEO declines to host drag events aimed at minors

BY: - May 19, 2023

Six members of the Walton Arts Center Board of Directors announced their resignations Friday afternoon in light of the center’s decision not to host drag events for minors during Northwest Arkansas Pride celebrations next month. “After careful consideration, we are compelled by our consciences to make this decision,” board secretary and treasurer Casey Hamaker wrote […]

Northwest Arkansas Pride relocates events after Walton Arts Center declines drag shows for minors

BY: - May 10, 2023

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville has declined to continue hosting youth events featuring drag performers during the final weekend of June, which is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Equality announced Wednesday in a press release that the arts center decided not to host “content-appropriate drag story time” or “drag shows suitable for […]