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Ben Grimes Awarded Catalyze Grant!!!


Riverside Actors Theatre is thrilled to announce that, founding Executive Artistic Director, Ben Grimes, has been selected as member of the first central Arkansas artist cohort to receive the Catalyze grant from Mid-America Arts Alliance. The goal of the program—which combines money, mentorship, and management—is designed to ignite the careers of the 25 selected individual artists who reside in the eligible central Arkansas counties. Ben is incredibly grateful for this phenomenal opportunity to sharpen his skillset and further Riverside's mission and scope.

Catalyze is made possible through a grant from the Windgate Foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas. This support coincides with the recent announcement of Artspace Windgate Campus, the new $36 million mixed-use development in Little Rock’s historic East End. Combined, the two gifts make a significant investment in the arts ecosystem of central Arkansas.

The Windgate Foundation was established in 1993 and is a private, family foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Windgate’s goal is to advance contemporary craft and strengthen visual arts education in the United States. The foundation also supports children and youth in the State of Arkansas. Additional information can be found at

Photos of the first cohort of Catalyze grantees courtesy of the artists.

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