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32 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 INSPIRING FAYETTEVILLE Groups can engage with the arts fi rsthand in Fayetteville, a city about 30 miles south of Bentonville that is best known as the home of the University of Arkansas. One of the most beloved attractions in the area is Terra Studios, the birthplace of the Bluebird of Happiness glass fi gurine. e studio's staff recently began off ering interac- tive art workshops for groups. "It's not just about the blue- birds anymore — we're trying to provide a hands-on experi- ence," said Julie Pennington, group tour manager at the Fay- etteville Visitors Bureau. " ere are hands-on things that they can make on-site and then take home with them. ey can make simple things like pinch pots or more complicated things like ce- ramic trolls. ey do toad hous- es and silk-scarf-making. If you can dream it, they can do it." Groups that visit the studios can also watch glassblowing demonstrations to see how dif- ferent pieces of art — includ- ing the Bluebird of Happiness — are made. Lunch is available on-site as well. Art-themed tours often also stop at Fayetteville Under- ground, a downtown art gal- lery and studio complex where visitors can meet some of the artists and discuss their work. e visitors bureau can also help arrange studio visits and meet-and-greets with George Dombek, a well-known local watercolorist and sculptor who has pieces on exhibit at Crystal Bridges. Live theater plays a big role in Fayetteville's cultural scene. e Walton Arts Center hosts major touring Broadway productions, and Pennington works with res- taurants around town to create themed menus for groups that come in to see the shows. A smaller organization called e- atre Squared produces original plays and off ers interactive ac- 21c Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Courtesy Fayetteville Visitors Bureau Courtesy Fayetteville Visitors Bureau Courtesy Fayetteville Visitors Bureau tive and improv workshops for group visitors. HIP, HISTORIC EUREKA SPRINGS ere's no place quite like Eu- reka Springs, a delightfully dis- tinctive town where the streets are laid out up and down the slopes of Ozark hills. e city's entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of His- toric Places and is full of local, independently owned restau- rants and boutique shops. Many groups enjoy free time to roam the streets of down- town and chat with local mer- chants. e area also has some signature attractions, as well as some new group experiences that are gaining ground. e Great Passion Play, along with the accompanying Christ of the Ozarks statue, is a main- stay in Eureka Springs. e out- door drama will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer, Courtesy Bentonville CVB Courtesy Fayetteville Visitors Bureau Terra Studios Fayetteville Ale Trail Fayetteville art gallery

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