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Posted on: April 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Diego Rivera's America

An artist dips their paint brush into green paint.

The large-scale paintings created by community artists during Pintura Fest at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art are now on the road and will be arriving at Siloam Springs Public Library on today, Monday, April 17.

The 17 paintings created by regional artists, art teachers and students during the community celebration of "Diego Rivera's America" will also be on view at The Jones Center, Rogers Experimental House, Rogers City Hall and Fayetteville Public Library through July 31.

Diego Rivera was one of the most significant artists of the 20th century and paved the way for modern public art in the Americas. His murals were part of a larger movement to make art accessible to broad, diverse audiences.

In the spirit of Rivera's work, the paintings were created in front of a live audience at Pintura Fest by local artists, educators, and students from schools across the region. Each artist or school art group's work was created in response to a question: What is your story as an NWA resident? How are you part of the story of a diverse NWA? Most artworks were started off site in the weeks leading up to Pintura Fest and finished at Crystal Bridges during the event.

The Pintura Fest Public Art Pop-up is a free, community exhibition presented by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. After the exhibition closes, the paintings will continue to delight and inspire as they return to their permanent homes with the participating schools and regional artists.

Mobile Art Lab

To kick-off National Library Week, the Siloam Springs Public Library is welcoming the CB to You Mobile Art Lab to Siloam Springs next Monday, April 24. Partner artist Lourdes Valverde will be at the Siloam Springs Public Library from 3 to 6 p.m. and will be introducing guests to a paper doll portrait activity & community mural activation inspired by Diego Rivera's America. Lourdes will meet with guests and share her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.

The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is a traveling pop-up art experience energizing the power of community through art. Featuring regional artists from across Northwest Arkansas, the art lab will be visiting local libraries and festivals around the region to bring artmaking, music, storytelling, and more. Find out more about the program, see a full schedule of stops, and get to know their guest artists at

The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is presented in partnership with Tram Colwin, Lourdes Valverde, Lynette Thrower, Alan Rodriguez with Razo Studios, and Vic Barquin. Community workshops by LatinX Theater Project and Music Moves.

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