This summer is very different for Northwest Arkansas families due to COVID precautions. Many of our favorite family events have been canceled and long-held traditions will have to be postponed until (hopefully) next year. While there are a plethora of online activities and events to do, sometimes you just need to get out of the house! Last week I was so inspired by the Sprayetteville Street Art event that I thought it would be fun to create a guide to some of the great outdoor art that can be found all over Northwest Arkansas.
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This fun interactive map can be found on the Sprayetteville Street Art website. It will take you to all the locations of the different murals created during the event. You can even scan a QR code at each mural location to enter for a chance to win prizes.
The city of Fayetteville has also created this comprehensive map of public art to be found throughout the city. There are many, many murals included here that your family can hunt for!
One of my favorites is the Enjoy Local mural created by Fayetteville artist Jason Jones. This mural is a great photo op and can be found at the Fayetteville square in the courtyard adjacent to the World Peace Fountain.
A few years ago the Fayetteville Police Department encouraged the painting of murals on traffic boxes to deter graffiti, and now you can drive up and down College Ave and enjoy some beautiful artwork on the traffic boxes. The mural shown here can be found near 915 N College in Fayetteville.
This is one of the new murals on Block St in Fayetteville, near the Arvest Bank. (Photo credit: Krista Pennington)
If you see a traditional Ozark quilt square painted outdoors in Springdale, it is part of the Quilt Square Project created by artist Olivia Trimble. The largest piece is painted on a 450 square foot wall, with a large section near the Uptown Fayetteville Apartments on Steele Blvd. right across from Academy Sports.
Downtown Springdale has a Western mural that would make a perfect photography shoot location for your little cowboy or cowgirl:
The Arts Center of the Ozarks at 214 S Main St, Springdale, is home to 3 fun murals, including this large star mural that my kids loved!
Another favorite is the monarch butterfly mural on the Springdale Airport Tower at 705 Airport Avenue in Springdale. This mural is part of the Migrating Mural project with more locations in Miami and Orlando, Fla., created by artists will over a three-year period along the butterflies’ migrating paths between Mexico and Canada.
When driving around downtown Springdale, we also found this awesome mural at the Springdale Groove Skate Shop at 417 E Emma, Springdale. My girls and their friends got out to take some fun photos in front of this place.
Bleu Girl was created for the Urban Bleu Hair Salon at 113 W. Elm St.
There are several murals painted on the train cars at the Railyard Bike Park at 299 E. Cherry St.
One of the most powerful murals in Northwest Arkansas is the Rosa Parks 1955 mural recently painted by artist Samuel Hale, which you can find downtown Rogers at the corner of W. Walnut and Arkansas Street:
There are 24 pieces of outdoor art included on the city of Bentonville's Map of Public Art which was just updated in June 2020. One of our favorites is Big Blue, the giant blue octopus mural painted by artist Jason Jones in Bentonville.
Here's a really cool mural on 8th Street in Bentonville near Yeyo's. (Photo Credit Allison Deere):
In terms of public art, this small, Victorian town has over 150 works of art alone! This article shares some of the more well-known pieces.
You can find this beautiful Coca-Cola mural on Mock Street in Prairie Grove. It is located on the corner of E. Buchanan and N. Mock on the side of Southern Mercantile.
Get out with your kids and drive or walk around looking for murals. This article only includes some of the many works of art around Northwest Arkansas and they cost nothing to see. Teens and adults will enjoy these spots as great Instagram photo backdrops.