Alice Walton is a committed patron of the arts. She founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2011 and serves as chairwoman of the museum’s Board of Directors.
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.
Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
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The Alice L. Walton Foundation is a philanthropic organization committed to increasing access to the arts, improving education, enhancing health, and advancing economic opportunity for all.
Through this work, the foundation strives to deliver meaningful and lasting change to individuals and communities most in need.
In 2017, Alice founded Art Bridges, a non-profit foundation that partners with institutions of all sizes to expand access to American art, especially in regions where there is currently limited or no access.
Art Bridges works closely with partner institutions, providing financial and strategic support for exhibitions, loans and collection sharing, as well as for programming, audience engagement and evaluation. Through innovative Art Bridges-funded projects, partners have deepened connections with their local communities and increased access to great American art.
The foundation is also building a collection of great American art and sharing it with regional museums through long-term loans. These loans have activated existing collections and inspired larger institutions to open their vaults and share important works across the country. By connecting institutions of varying sizes and scopes in collaborative partnerships, Art Bridges provides partners with a wealth of opportunities for professional development.
To date, Art Bridges has reached more than 2.4 million people through more than 400 projects.
Alice Walton is a board member of the Walton Family Foundation, which focuses on improving K-12 education, investing in conservation that helps communities thrive, and giving back in the Mississippi Delta region and Northwest Arkansas, where the Walton family calls home. For nearly three decades, the Walton Family Foundation has continued the philanthropic vision begun by her parents, Sam and Helen Walton. They had an unshakable belief in the power of individuals to transform their lives. Today the Walton family – Sam and Helen’s children and grandchildren – lead the foundation with a focus on awarding grants that drive not just incremental, but transformative, change.
Alice guided the creation of Camp War Eagle, a sports, adventure and recreation summer camp for boys and girls ages seven to seventeen from Northwest Arkansas. Located on the shores of Beaver Lake, the camp serves children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Since 2006, the 600-acre camp has hosted over 59,000 campers. Camp War Eagle offers over 100 activities and educational classes for campers including its SOAR afterschool program, a job readiness program and mentoring and tutoring program. The camp’s programs and staff have contributed 1.2 million community service hours and facilitated over 1,500 community engagement events supporting youth in the region.
The camp offers need-based scholarships to children who make a commitment to community service and improving grades. The scholarships give children that would not normally have the opportunity to attend a camp of this stature the chance to do so. Camp War Eagle applicants who demonstrate the most positive impact on Northwest Arkansas have the best opportunity for placement in Camp War Eagle’s programs.