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A lover of nature, collector of plants, and avid fan of travel and adventure; Cynthia is a fine art photographer, curator, educator, and multi-disciplinary artist.
With a heart-felt passion for empowering and encouraging authentic self-expression, she is mindful of how personal experiences influence and inspire the vision for future growth and community support to evolve as a result of authentic embodiment. She is mindful of the ever-changing moments of life and thrives to elevate the essence of every place and every person she encounters.
She has been involved in the arts sector for over six years and a practitioner of her own medium for over a decade now, with eight years of professional experience capturing, curating, connecting artists to opportunities, and facilitating events.
EVENT & FRONT OF HOUSE COORDINATOR
Evan Alvarado has deep roots in the arts and seeks to understand life through a creative lens. He’s had lifelong inspiration from his supportive parents; his father is a musician from Costa Rica, and his mother is an artist/videographer from Arkansas. Evan received an AA with a major in Music from NWACC. Since 2010, Evan has performed live music—mostly keyboards in reggae bands—in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding regions. Since 2107, he has been a freelance filmmaker.
Evan is CACHE’s Creative Content Manager. He spends most of his time telling impactful stories of the many beautiful things happening in and around Northwest Arkansas and telling CACHE’s story and work within the region. Additionally, he manages equipment the Media Hub, an A/V equipment rental program housed at The Medium.
CREATIVE CONTENT MANAGER
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Perrodin is a community-focused, visual artist and storyteller based in Springdale, Arkansas; a chronic grassroots organizer inspired by art, community, and creative placemaking.
Perrodin is the founder of The Little Craft Show and Team Springdale; co-founder of The Creative Social Retreat; a 4-year local team member with “Live in America”, a collaborative research project presented by The Momentary, and a 4-year Artist Fellow with “Looking for America” that resulted in “The Ozark Story Project” a 200-page book that chronicles stories, photos, poetry, and recipes from across the Ozarks.
A graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Art, Perrodin received her bachelor of fine arts in printmaking in 2010. She is a certified Arkansas Master Naturalist who enjoys foraging for wild mushrooms, swimming in creeks, kayaking, and collecting tumbled creek glass, animal bones, and river stones that often find their way back to her art studio as inspiration for her paintings that are collected across the United States.
ARTIST AND COMMUNITY MANAGER
John Wayne is a Filipino-American who has spent each half of his life on opposite sides of the world. But no matter where he has been, there has always been an innate desire to make sounds and capture them. He began his musical journey as an avid listener, which then progressed into learning to become a keyboardist, a choir member, then finally a self-taught guitarist. That path proceeded to taking on roles as an audio engineer, videographer, and live sound technician. Later on in life he was introduced to his second passion, construction. With over five years now of experience in various aspects, he is looking to transform the space in Downtown Springdale into a safe and evolving one providing to the needs of local creatives.
Since 2015, Thalia has been a vital liaison between performing arts and the community, following more than a decade of in-home education fueling the minds and passions of her five children. Combining her scientific background — a Cum Laude University of Arkansas graduate with a degree in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science — with the artistic, athletic, and academic world in which she was immersed, Thalia began her career as Production Manager for the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet, the region’s premiere dance school.
In 2019, Thalia continued to cultivate a relevant landscape for dance in Northwest Arkansas, working with acclaimed directors, artists, and choreographers as Project Manager on a successful 6 month pilot program called Dance Anywhere/Everywhere. Later, as Executive Director of NWA Ballet Theatre, she managed 22 professional dancers and administratively supported art that began receiving national attention. Thalia orchestrated day-to-day operations of NWABT, and quickly became the hub of information flowing in and out of the organization. She not only solidified the continuation of the company, but found her niche in the curation of relationships among artists, venue operators, arts organizations, and community leaders.
With an analytical mind to keep artistic systems functioning, Thalia now employs her talents on the Medium team as their Operations Manager, cultivating connections between nonprofits, municipalities, cultural institutions, and funders to build a more equitable and inclusive region for artists and creatives.
Jerrell Jackson is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma with an extensive background in Music/Performing Arts production. Jerrells experience evolved into playing with various local and professional artists, such as Barry Manilow on his Farewell Tour, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Darrius Rucker, Wayman Tisdale and more. Noticing the need for sound engineering while playing with local artists about 8 years ago, Jerrell learned and later taught studio recording techniques and live sound engineering. Jerrell has mixed live recordings as well as FOH mix for various artists, and worked as Director of Entertainment for Margaritaville Tulsa, and Hollywood FL. One thing you must know and never forget: You can always find fun in everything.
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