The Momentary: New Arts Space Opening 02.22.20

THE MOMENTARY, a highly anticipated dynamic, new multidisciplinary contemporary arts space, is opening in downtown Bentonville! A satellite to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Momentary is opening on Feb. 22, 2020.

It is located in the heart of downtown, near the popular 8th Street Market, along the Razorback Regional Greenway.

In 2020, the Momentary will host an inaugural year of outdoor festivals, exhibitions, programs and events, including State of the Art 2020, the FreshGrass Bentonville festival, exciting work by American fabric sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave and more!


A space for contemporary visual and performing arts, the Momentary is uniquely positioned in the demographic heart of the U.S. and connected to the world. Like at its sister organization, Crystal Bridges museum, the Momentary is open to the public; everyone is welcome!

Designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, The Momentary is an adaptive use project and converted from a 63,000-square-foot decommission Kraft Foods plant.

WATCH a preview video here.

When it opens, the Momentary will feature adaptable spaces for guests, as well as areas to relax, work and play. Guest can look forward to culinary discoveries, the new Tower Bar establishment, and plenty of outdoor arts festivals.

Ultimately, the Momentary will provide residences where artists can live and work.

General admission to the Momentary is free!


Feb. 22-23, 2020 | TIME BEING is the Momentary’s inaugural festival! Working with artists from around the world, TIME BEING will feature a variety of dance, music and theater experiences on opening weekend.

Feb. 22 thru May 24 | State of the Art 2020 The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will feature the work of 60 artists in the new shared exhibition State of the Art 2020. Featuring more than 100 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, performance and mixed media created by diverse artists chosen from all over the country.

April 24-25, 2020 | The FreshGrass Bentonville festival will make its Arkansas, debut diverse lineup of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass and roots music. It will be the first time that the FreshGrass festival will be held outside its annual September dates at MASS MoCA ever.

July 2020 | Nick Cave: Until, by the Chicago-based fabric sculptor, dancer and performance artist, features some of his largest installations to date. Cave visited Bentonville last fall to attend the sneak peek “Meet the Momentary” event, which drew thousands downtown.

Sept. 25-26, 2020 | Momentary’s VOX will celebrate the human voice by joining artists from across singular musical styles and continents. Guests: listen to the soothing sounds of jazz and gospel and the work of singer-songwriters and wordsmiths with stories old and new.

Nov. 13-15, 2020 | INVERSE Performance Art Festival: What started as a collaboration in 2016 with a Fayetteville woman and her friend in California now three years later features more than 100 performances.

For more information about programming and membership, visit


Captions: TOP: Momentary renderings; BOTTOM: State of the Art 2020 (left); FreshGrass (right)

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