The Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum has received generous grants from The Walmart Foundation and Arkansas Community Foundation to continue funding the production of medical masks for the Northwest Arkansas community. This initiative will allow AAFF to continue to donate masks to front line workers, first responders, and healthcare professionals. The gifts are dedicated to supporting the work of local seamstresses from diverse communities to produce high-quality cloth masks. This generous funding has given the organization enough capital to begin production on 7,000 cloth masks for the community. Partnering with students from AAFF’s educational programming, alongside professional sewists from Canopy NWA, the Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum has established the first non-profit sewn goods workshop of its kind in Arkansas.


Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum leadership will continue to work with organizations such as the Sewn Trades Collective, Urban Manufacturing Alliance,  and the Arkansas Maker’s Task Force, to stay up to date on best practices, material resources, and needs within the local community. To increase efficiency for this project, AAFF will purchase their own laser cutting device that will increase the production rate of the medical masks, allowing AAFF to assist more clinics and health professionals in need.  


Upon the reopening of the country cases of COVID-19 have spiked and are projected to continue to rise. The CDC is continuing the recommendation of universal mask wearing for all people who must interact in public. This includes a recommendation for the public at large, along with healthcare professionals, frontline workers, and first responders. The Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum continues their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve through advocacy and promotion of mask use, as well as donations of masks to those in need.


For more information please Contact:


DJ Adams

Marketing Director

Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum


About AAFF: Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum is a 501c3 Non-profit organization dedicated to educational programming and creative support in the mission of fostering the growth of the fashion industry in Arkansas.


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