(Springdale, Ark.) 04/04 — INTERFORM is excited to announce it is the recipient of a grant from the Walton Family Foundation that will allow the organization to deepen and expand its community based programs dedicated to the pillars Learn, Make and Show. The next three years of INTERFORM’s programmatic vision directly pursue a self-sustaining design-led fashion and art industry in Northwest Arkansas. With funding support from this grant, INTERFORM will continue to build robust programs to directly support that vision through workforce development, creative and educational programming, and community-favorite events such as NWA Fashion Week.
What’s next: This grant will help to fund familiar programming such as INTERFORM’s beginner through advanced sewing courses, teen sewing bootcamp, EMERGE designer residency program, ASSEMBLY curatorial training program and regional arts and fashion exhibitions, the INTERFORM podcast, and of course, NWA Fashion Week. Since rebranding from Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum in early 2021 INTERFORM has hosted over 50 public and community based programs that have had a regional engagement of more than 5000 community members and national visibility to over 73 million viewers.
The grant: The Walton Family Foundation has awarded INTERFORM a $2.2 million grant to support three years of programming and operations through the spring of 2025.
This three year grant makes special provisions to ensure that INTERFORM continues to pursue professional development and continues the organization’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts. “We are incredibly thankful for this grant. It provides not only stability for our organization for the next three years but also signals the importance of pursuing visibility and support for the underserved and underrepresented communities in our region,” said Robin Atkinson, CEO of INTERFORM.
INTERFORM has grown significantly since 2020, going from a staff of three to a staff of 8 full time and 4 part time staff. The organization currently has two offices in Downtown Springdale and will be adding a third later this year. The organization’s mission is centered on three main pillars: –
The grant comes on the heels of INTERFORM’s most successful NWA Fashion Week ever, with over 1,200 attendees, over 50 designers, 194 models, and $200,000 raised to further support INTERFORM’s strategic goals.
This grant is the largest in the organization’s history and signals an exciting new chapter. INTERFORM looks forward to the next three years of community focused and ambitious programming and is excited for what is to come. Upcoming INTERFORM events to look forward to this year include: