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Money talks, every day



I see a hired consultant can't decide between Fayetteville and Bentonville for a new performing arts venue for Northwest Arkansas.

A figurative kewpie doll to the reader who first provides the answer to how this decision will be reached. 

Clue: backers hope for a "lead gift" of $100 million for the $180 million facility.

The Fayetteville Trucker supplies this scuttlebutt on the topic:

Sandy Edwards who was hired by David Gearhart as a fund raiser at the UA, now holds a spot at Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Waltonville... Before she went to Penn State (where she and her late husband Clay, met Gearhart) they were the fund raisers for the Shreveport, La. Symphony...

There is ample land near the Crystal Bridges for the 2,200 seat performance hall - and all the Wal-Marters want to see a Broadway show and sleep in their own beds - minus the 20-30 minute drive to Dickson Street.

The NW Arkansas Symphony - minus the Walton money of late - is starved to death and almost look for a combination of Walton money, Edwards fund-raising/symphony skills and Broadway musicals nearby the money - to move the Walton Arts Center II (or deuce) to Waltonville.

Best bet for Fayetteville: the UofA can take over the WAC giving it a good footprint downtown Fayetteville.

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