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Episode 215: From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur: Bo Dutton & Shelley Mouber on Nurturing Creatives in Northwest Arkansas

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“We really wanted the community to appeal not just to painters or woodworkers or potters, but also musicians or writers or anybody who just feels like they’re creative.”

  • Bo Dutton/Shelley Mouber

Bo Dutton and Shelley Mouber never imagined the impact their small idea would have on the creative communities in Northwest Arkansas.

Through the NWA Makers Club, they have built a thriving network of talented creators, connecting them in ways they could never have imagined. But what began as a dream has grown into something much bigger – and with every new maker joining the club, the NWA Makers Club’s unexpected legacy continues to take shape.

Bo Dutton, an experienced woodworker and passionate creator, has taken the Northwest Arkansas maker scene by storm. Alongside Shelley Mouber, an accomplished fine artist and community arts advocate, they co-founded the NWA Makers Club to support and empower local creatives. 

Bo’s dedication to inclusivity and collaboration has brought together a diverse range of makers, from hobbyists to professional artisans, providing a supportive environment for them to flourish. With a strong focus on community and cross-promotion, Bo is committed to helping fellow makers succeed in their creative pursuits.

In this episode, you will be able to: 

1. Discover the power of the NWA Makers Club in fostering a thriving creative community in Northwest Arkansas.

2. Uncover the essential role of collaboration and cross-promotion in driving entrepreneurial success.

3. Explore the significant impact of cycling on the economic growth of Northwest Arkansas.

4. Examine the transformational role of arts in Bentonville’s urban landscape.

5. Embrace the importance of diversity and inclusion for cultivating a vibrant community.

All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.

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Email Bo Dutton

Email NWA Makers

Website for NWA Makers

NWA Makers on Instagram

NWA Makers on Facebook

NWA Makers on LinkedIn

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