Students Impact Rogers Businesses Through Problem-Solving & New Ideas

Rogers High School Seniors Connecting Dots to Art & Music & Economic Development

ROGERS, AR, November 28, 2018 – Six Senior students from Rogers High School (RHS) are partnering with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce to explore existing and potential relationships between art and music and economic development. Through a Senior Project initiative
that pairs up students and businesses, the student team is identifying ways to help promote and position Downtown Rogers as an emerging music and arts destination.  


Students will wrap up the 2nd phase of the project on Thursday, November 29 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in a meet and greet with area business owners and local media at the Rogers Experimental House, located at 121 W. Walnut St. in Rogers. Students are currently spending three days surrounded by art
at the Rogers Experimental House as artists prepare for the Holidays on the Bricks Pop-Up Boutique
and Santa’s Workshop coming Saturday, December 1. They have already conducted a walking tour of businesses that support art and music, met with owners and gathered information while learning where art and music happen in Downtown Rogers.


Lisa Cassidy, RHS Art & Graphic Design teacher, reached out to Karen Wagaman, VP of Downtown Development at the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, to get help assigning students to
a meaningful, arts- related project. Cassidy was impressed. “This Senior Project provided a unique opportunity to connect students and business owners who support the arts and Downtown Rogers. 
It’s the perfect real-world learning experience and initiative for our students to develop their problem-solving skills while making an impact on the community with their ideas,” said Cassidy.



The Senior Project has included a meeting with Kenny Lamb, an award-winning Nashville songwriter, producer and talent manager who is a part-time resident of Northwest Arkansas and involved in helping develop music-related growth in the area.


Lamb shared his “placemaking through music” message with the students. "Music impacts all aspects of a local economy – food, beverage, shops and services, and connects the community in diverse and long-term ways,” Lamb explained to the student team. “As much as it is needed for venues to support music in meaningful ways, it is also important for music performers to be organized in their efforts and inspired in their art. When the entertainment value is there, it will find an audience.”

Lamb’s enthusiasm for destination marketing and the use of music and art as a driver for economic development is contagious. “A true collaboration between venues and artists goes beyond a single performance in a single venue. It benefits the big picture,” Lamb continued. “Over time, a music scene can grow in unexpected ways, and a strong local music scene equals a strong local economy."


Wagaman agreed with Lamb and added, “The arts may be an important part of a city’s development
and growth strategy and this growth is often organic and able to occur without a huge price tag.
For example, The Art on the Bricks Art Walk began in November 2017 and has been successful activating the Downtown Rogers district once a month the past year by attracting thousands of art patrons and hundreds of regional artists.”

The Senior Project initiative is an annual program organized by the RHS Advisory Committee.
Select seniors are put on teams of five or six students that partner with businesses in the community
to problem-solve on real-world projects and assist companies and organizations with new ideas.


The first phase of the program includes meetings with student teams’ respective business representatives. That is followed by a full day of training with faculty to gain the necessary skills to discover solutions using communication, math, science, technology and presentation techniques. 


The second phase includes three days conducting research in the field, gathering data, evaluating alternatives and finding possible solutions.


The third and final phase includes the formal presentation of ideas generated and proposed solutions.


About the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce



The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is a five-star accredited chamber serving over 2,100 member businesses across the region. The Chamber serves as the voice of business, promoting and initiating responsible economic growth, while addressing community challenges in the Rogers and Lowell Area, and the Northwest Arkansas region. The Chamber offers a variety of programming designed to grow business and build community. For more information on the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, visit, or call (479) 636-1240.

About the Rogers Experimental House
Rogers Experimental House (501c3) is a creative organization devoted to identifying space and resources to help independent and community-generated creative projects develop and become a reality. The RXH provides learning opportunities and resources for all ages and seeks to support artists, designers, entrepreneurs, performers, makers and all creative types in our community. The vision of the Rogers Experimental House is driven by core values of collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and teaching, centered in the historic community of Downtown Rogers, Arkansas. For more information visit


Love is good for the economy in Downtown Rogers

Love is good for the economy in Downtown Rogers 
Businesses serve up food, art, theater and experiences on Valentine’s Day


Downtown Rogers loves to celebrate, and Valentine’s Day is one more reason to attract shoppers, foodies, artists and theater lovers to the brick streets of Downtown. The Art on the Bricks Art Walk is set for Thursday, February 14th from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. More than 50 artists will exhibit their work in 14 pop-up locations. This event offers free admission to pop-up art galleries where patrons they may see and purchase art, see art demos, enjoy receptions and meet artists from across NW Arkansas.


Organizers are pleased that, even in the cooler months, artists and businesses support the 2nd Thursday art walk. “We are fortunate to have year ‘round support of the artists, businesses and art patrons,” commented Karen Wagaman, VP of Downtown Development at the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of Art on the Bricks Art Walk. “The downtown business owners recognize the financial rewards of offering more than professional services, shopping and dining. They provide products and services that NW Arkansas residents appreciate, and they are able to offer experiences people enjoy with friends during their leisure hours. Art, live music and theater enhance our community’s economic development and enhance our quality of life,” she continued. “Our downtown merchants are friendly and engaging, the walkable sidewalks and historic architecture and storefronts invite patrons to explore.  Locally owned restaurants, brew pubs and bars are friendly and plentiful. The monthly art walk is a perfect fit for Downtown Rogers.”

 Highlights of the February 14th Art on the Bricks Art Walk include:

 ·         Students from Rogers New Technology High School are scheduled to have artwork at City Pump

·         Gateway Mortgage Company is featuring Stained Glass by Beth Erbe, Cutting Edge Glass Creations

·         Brick Street Brews is offering Flights of Heaven! Beer, Bacon and Cheese Flights

·         Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese is new to the art walk and two employees are the featured artists

·         Performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the APT, tomorrow evening and through Feb 24th

·         Levi’s Gastrolounge & Low Bar is featuring the Speakeasy four course dinner with wine pairing

·         Studio 300, Downtown’s newest gallery, is featuring 8 regional artists

·         Rogers Experimental House is featuring art demos, fluid art couples’ class and the works of 22 artists

·         IPaint Lounge has special Valentine’s Day painting classes at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Art on the Bricks continues to establish Downtown Rogers as a destination location for nightlife and art experiences. A map and full list of artists may be found using the links below.

 About Downtown Rogers Art on the Bricks--Art on the Bricks Art Walk showcases the art of regional artists while enhancing the artistic and cultural opportunities of Downtown Rogers. The 2nd Thursday of each month locally owned businesses host pop-up galleries and provide a free, family friendly experience. Presented by Go Downtown Rogers in partnership with business owners and area non-profit organizations, guest artists from across NW Arkansas are given the opportunity to exhibit, demonstrate and sell their work. Talented artists, craftsmen and musicians bring their products to the shops and restaurants and provide an exciting opportunity for the public to explore the businesses and meet the artists. Participating businesses are located on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Streets as well as Arkansas Street, Walnut Street and Elm Street in Downtown Rogers. The list of businesses and artists change from month to month, but the art experiences in downtown Rogers will consistently provide new and interesting opportunities to connect with the arts community and support locally owned businesses.


DATE: 8/28/18

CONTACT: Michelle Hammarstrom
479-936-1738 |


Experience the Art of Ping Pong
Rogers Experimental House Serves Up New Event

Rogers, AR—The Rogers Experimental House (RXH) invites the public to come to downtown Rogers this Saturday, September 1, for the Frisco Festival and while you are there, take a break from the heat to play some ping pong. The Art of Ping Pong is a fundraiser to support the projects and mission of the Rogers Experimental House.

WHEN: 9/1/18 from 2pm to 8pm during the Frisco Festival
WHERE: 121 W. Walnut St., Rogers, Arkansas 72756

Rogers Experimental House on the corner of Walnut and 2nd street in Downtown Rogers, will be hosting a day of fun for all, that will also help support our mission. 100% of the proceeds will help support this flexible platform of our maker space to provide a space for creative activities and to help incubate the cultural fabric of Northwest Arkansas.


THE PING PONG TOURNAMENT will be managed by the NWA Tennis Table Club and will be a single, knock-out style with a $5 single or $10 team entry fee. Players are teamed up against one another and only winners may advance to the next round. This style is perfect for larger groups because it requires the fewest matches and so takes the shortest amount of time.


1. 'Jackson Pong It' canvas area - We are going to set up an area to let kids roll ping pong balls around on paper, so they can paint the paper in a unique way and make art.

2. Pongillism art piece - Buy a ball, each is a $1, and attach to large area set up for Pointillism piece. Be part of a larger community piece.

3. Ping Pong sculpture - Buy a ball and lets make an unique piece of art together. Or buy as many as you want and make your own piece.

4. An art silent auction. Bid on some amazing fluid art on canvas paintings donated to raise money for RXH by Marie Haley. She has been running our most popular class out of our space.

THE DRINKS are being donated by Bentonville Brewing Company.

THE PRIZES - Dayton Castleman, president of the RXH Board of Directors, is providing a 3-D printing demonstration and fabricating the 1st place trophy right in front of your eyes. The 1st prize winner will also receive an RXH gift package including an RXH logo shirt and mug.

Spectators are also invited to watch and contribute tax deductible donations to help keep this amazing space for future community events.

About Rogers Experimental House
The Rogers Experimental House (RXH) is a 501c3 organization housed in a temporary project space located at 121 W Walnut in Downtown Rogers. The RXH provides a creative studio devoted to identifying space and resources to help independent and community-generated creative projects develop and become a reality. The vision of the Rogers Experimental House is to provide a permanent user-activated, non-profit platform for learning and experimentation encompassing visual art and design, fabrication and prototyping, culinary arts, performing arts, and start-up incubation. The organization is located in the historic community of downtown Rogers, Arkansas, and driven by core values of collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and teaching.


Art of Awareness Workshop

Contact: Shawna Elliott,, 469.684.7434
Art isn’t just for fun and kids.

Event:  Art of Awareness Workshop
Friday, September 7th, 9:30-4pm
Rogers Experimental House, 121 W Walnut St., Rogers, AR. 72756

This full day workshop will give you the practical tools you need to live a life that is more authentic and aligned with who you really are. 

This workshop is for:

·         Anyone who feels “stuck” and unfulfilled in his or her life, career or relationships.
·         Anyone struggling with an unexpected life transition; who feels like they need a fresh start.  
·         Anyone who wants to have a creative and self-discovery experience.


Nancy Kay; licensed professional counselor, certified coach, best-selling author and former registered nurse, and Shawna Elliott; national selling artist, art instructor, author and creativity coach, walk participants through self-exploratory exercises and uses creative, fun art activities to help individuals:

·         use art-making as a tool to relieve grief, anxiety and depression
·         use art to foster a greater sense of personal well-being
·         become more self-aware and present
·         discover sometimes subconscious feelings and negative patterns of thinking that may be holding him or her back from reaching identified goals and life-long dreams.
·         begin the process of living the life he or she really wants to live. 

To get tickets and more details, register online at

COST: $79


Art of Awareness is an art and wellness workshop designed to help others live more fulfilled lives through increasing self-awareness and using their creative power.   For more information, visit 

Better Home Brewing Through Engineering, Science, and Making.

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muBrew is a Rogers-based home brewing outfit, and they are setting up a laboratory and project space in the coming days to begin designing and fabricating technology-driven home brewing equipment, tools, and accessories at Rogers Experimental House.

The Experimental House, houses brewing technology.

We're a space devoted to helping people make things, and we can't think of a better place to start than making beer. The muBrew project exists to combine homebrewing, engineering, science, and making under a tasty beverage umbrella. 

The brainchild of Justin and Amanda Hart, muBrew is setting up a space at the Experimental House to engineer, design, and prototype common beer-making equipment and tools ranging from fermentation temperature control chambers, to ambient air wort chilling systems, to brew kettle modifications, and an electric brewery system,

Rogers Experimental House is off to a great start!

July 2017 saw the first two public events at Rogers Experimental House. Our Open House and volunteer clean-up day offered friends a first opportunity to see the pop-up space, included the assembly of our incredible sixteen-foot diameter work table donated by Hufft of Kansas City, and gave the space a much needed cleaning. We removed about a mile of networking cable, and made great progress toward prepping the space to host our future public events. Many thanks to the community members that came by to check it out and pitch in!

Sixteen-foot round work table designed, fabricated, and donated by Hufft.

Sixteen-foot round work table designed, fabricated, and donated by Hufft.

Hardworking volunteers helping remove fake linoleum parquet covering the real-wood parquet floor in the entry way.

Hardworking volunteers helping remove fake linoleum parquet covering the real-wood parquet floor in the entry way.

Entire families showed up to help clean the space!

Entire families showed up to help clean the space!

Volunteers placing the final pieces of the round table. The table is made of about 65 individual pieces and is CNC cut entirely out of plywood and melamine sheets.

Volunteers placing the final pieces of the round table. The table is made of about 65 individual pieces and is CNC cut entirely out of plywood and melamine sheets.

We finished the day off with a celebratory lunch around the table. Many thanks to Onyx Coffee, Red Barn Doughnuts, and The Rail: A Pizza Company for donating food!

We finished the day off with a celebratory lunch around the table. Many thanks to Onyx Coffee, Red Barn Doughnuts, and The Rail: A Pizza Company for donating food!

Our second gathering, Fix-It Cafe, was spearheaded by volunteers Justin and Amanda Hart. Community members were invited to bring by broken electronics, small appliances, and other items for our team of engineers and tinkerers to attempt fixing. A majority of items that came in broken, left the Experimental House with their owners fixed, including pruning scissors, a vintage radio, a toaster, a table lamp, a chandelier, a record turntable, and a 300 disc CD changer among others.

Fix-It Cafe! July 22 9am-2pm

Fix-it Cafe: Saturday, July 22, 9am-2pm -- Don't pitch it! Fix it! Spearheaded by RXH uber-volunteers Justin and Amanda Hart, Fix-It Cafe is an opportunity to conserve broken objects and think twice about discarding and replacing that garage fridge, electric knife, or flashlight that stopped working. Bring your small appliance or gadget to the RXH Fix-it Cafe and volunteer engineers, makers and tinkerers will troubleshoot and attempt to repair your small appliance with a focus on building skills to make you a better fixer yourself!