Kat & Tre at the Akron Zoo

Nine Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

By Kat Pestian, Akron Mom and Partner at Amp Strategy I chatted with my mom this morning and asked her how she wanted to spend Mother’s Day (yes, it’s this Sunday, May 13). Like a mom, she said, “Don’t worry about me. You’re a momma now! Spend the day with your family, and we can celebrate next weekend.” Something shifts […]

University of Akron’s Percussion Ensemble

Written by Mary Kay Palazzo, ArtsNow Intern and Kent State University Student On Wednesday, February 28th, I had the pleasure of attending the University of Akron’s Percussion Ensemble performance. I chose to attend this performance out of sheer curiosity. I had never been to a show like this and had no clue what to expect, […]

Akron Welcomes Public Art

(Photography by Shane Wynn) This March, Akron will unveil its newest public art in the form of four welcome signs by Akron-native artists who share a passion for their craft and a commitment to repurposing what some see as “scrap” into eye-catching, 3D sculptures. Two sculptures are designed by local artist John Comunale and two […]

“I Went on Vacation in Summit County”

Written by Mary Kay Palazzo, ArtsNow Intern and Kent State University Student This past Wednesday, I took a day-long vacation in Summit County! Well, not exactly, but it felt a bit that way. I am not a native Summit County resident, and although I’ve lived in Kent for school for the past two and a […]

Opening Retreat Supports Arts & Akron

Guest blog by Lindsey Phillips (Torchbearers Class 2018) As a member of the 2018 Torchbearers class, we partook in the best new member orientation in Torchbearers history January 19-20 (I can say that, because it’s the only one I’ve been to, but I believe it to be true). For the first nine years I lived […]

Welcome Mary Kay!

We’re thrilled to introduce ArtsNow intern Mary Kay. Mary Kay Palazzo is a junior at Kent State University from Avon, Ohio. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Crafts with a concentration in Jewelry and Metals and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. As an artist, she understands that keeping the public engaged with the arts […]

Holiday Magic in the Magic City

A guest blog written by City of Barberton Mayor William B. Judge The Magic City offers dozens of opportunities to make your own holiday magic this month—from must-see annual traditions to unique local shopping.  Here are a couple of our favorite local happenings this month: 4th Friday in December: Every 4th Friday of the month, […]

Episode 5 – Diving Into the Unkown with Gretchen Pleuss

Musician and producer, Gretchen Pleuss, shares the making of “The Unknown” from her album From Birth, To Breath, To Bone. I moved to Akron in 2015 and started diving into the music scene. I ran across singer-songwriter Gretchen Pleuss (pronounced like “Plus”) and instantly fell in love with her music. Shortly thereafter, Gretchen released her […]

Ideas for an Akron Winter Date Night

Where should you go for a little winter time fun with your sweetie? Mark and Sandy Auburn have the answer! Photo credit: Michael Chirtton A guest blog post written by art patrons, Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn. Live performances still gets us out at night. Having met as actors in “The Wonderful Tang” at The […]