She founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2011 and serves as chairwoman of the museum’s Board of Directors. She is a board member of the Walton Family Foundation and founder of the Alice L. Walton Foundation. Alice is the daughter of Helen Walton and Walmart founder Sam Walton.
Recently, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened a satellite location, the Momentary, focusing on contemporary visual and performing arts. These two institutions share a mission of providing access for all to world-class art and to date, Crystal Bridges has welcomed more than 5 million visitors from around the globe.
Alice’s philanthropic vision and commitment to increasing access to outstanding works of American Art extend to communities across the country. In 2017 she founded Art Bridges, a non-profit foundation that partners with institutions of all sizes to provide greater access to American art through projects that deeply engage communities.
In addition to her focus on access to the arts, Alice recently announced the formation of the Whole Health Institute and Chopra Library. Based in Bentonville, the Institute will drive radical transformation in healthcare delivery with the ultimate goal of making Whole Health and well-being affordable and accessible nationwide.
Alice also focuses on efforts to expand and diversify educational opportunities that can help put a secure, fulfilling and self-determined life in reach for more Americans. She has supported major initiatives to increase teacher diversity, create new and innovative school models, and alleviate the time and energy educators spend finding and securing school buildings so more resources can go directly to students and teachers.
She was the first chairperson and driving force behind the Northwest Arkansas Council. This organization played a major role in securing the development of the Northwest Arkansas National Airport, improving transportation infrastructure throughout the region. She also established Camp War Eagle, which offers Northwest Arkansas children of differing socio-economic backgrounds an exceptional summer camp experience.
Arts and philanthropic leadership has prompted numerous accolades for Alice. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Medal, the John Cotton Dana Medal for Visionary Leadership in Museums, and the Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts for her significant philanthropic contributions. She was recognized by TIME magazine in 2012 as one of the most influential people in the world and was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame in 2018.
Alice has served as a member of the board of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Trustees' Council of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University and an honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters from the University of Arkansas.