Walton Arts Center receives national award

Walton Arts Center / File photo

Two local entertainment venues received a prestigious national award last week.

The Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP together received Venue Excellence Award during the Venue Industry Award luncheon last week in Chicago.

The award is given to each year to venues that “have demonstrated excellence and innovation in operation and management of public assembly venues within the last calendar year.”

From the announcement:

The criteria for the award includes service to the community, team building/professional development, safety and security and operational excellence. The criteria used to evaluate the venues are at the core of IAVM’s mission and are key components to the success and vitality of the venue industry. A committee of industry leaders chose the finalists for each venue type and winners were approved by the IAVM Board of Directors.

The four other winners of the 2019 award include: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.; State Farm Arena in Atlanta; Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu and Tacoma Venues & Events in Tacoma, Wash.

“The Venue Excellence Award recognizes the commitment of our team to bring world-class performing arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas,” said WAC President and CEO, Peter Lane. “I am proud of the positive impact that our venues and employees have on our community, and excited that we’ve been recognized with prestigious national award.”