Crystal Bridges made a big announcement today about a project to bring more contemporary art to Northwest Arkansas.
The Kraft Foods plant in the heart of Bentonville’s Arts and Market districts will soon become a destination for art lovers from Arkansas and all over the world.
Crystal Bridges plans to transform the decommissioned plant into a space for the arts.
The space will be called the “Momentary” and will focus on experimental and contemporary art. It will feature galleries, theaters, a cafe and artists’ studios as well as outdoor community areas.
“We think it will appeal to a young audience who’s interested in a conversation about contemporary art and music and theater and film and it’s going to be a great compliment to what Crystal Bridges already offers,” says Beth Bobbitt, the public relations manager for Crystal Bridges.
Crystal Bridges plans to keep the original industrial building but will make necessary renovations and improvements.
The project is still in the development and design phase. Site work is set to begin in 2018 and the goal is to open the space in early 2020.