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Kody Ford is Giving Credit Where Credit is Due with The Black Apple Awards
Episode 16314th March 2022 • I am Northwest Arkansas • Randy Wilburn
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About the Show:

The biggest surprise was how vibrant the art community was. When my family moved to Northwest Arkansas, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew Crystal Bridges, but that was a museum. What I wasn’t sure about was the local art scene. 

Or if creators were toiling in relative obscurity. 

What was it like for them?! 

Once I got here, I met several local artists and realized that the local art/creator scene was very vibrant and well-supported.  We have had a few of these artists and creators on the show, like Shelley Mouber, Kinya Christian, and Jake Lewis, just to name a few. These guys and so many others are working hard to establish the creative hub that Northwest Arkansas has become. 

Kody Ford, Founder of The Idle Class Magazine, is helping to shepherd this process by covering the art/creator scene with a magazine platform.  He and his team have been working hard since 2011 to create this forum.  One of his creations is the Black Apple Awards celebration. This event is a celebration to acknowledge all of the creatives in the area and highlight many making a difference with their bold ideas and art.  This will be the first year that they have been back since the start of the pandemic, and they have two years of pent-up creativity to acknowledge.  

You can celebrate The Black Apple Awards with Kody and the rest of Northwest Arkansas on March 25th at 6 PM.  

Click here to get tickets.

The Idle Class Magazine celebrates the creative life in Arkansas. Established in 2011, the organization bridges the creative bubbles across the state by providing a media platform for artists through print, online, and podcast mediums.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast

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