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Final Thoughts from ArtsNow Intern

By Mary Kay Palazzo Over the four months that I’ve been working with ArtsNow, I’ve had so many incredible experiences, and I’ve met many amazing people who care deeply about their cities and the artists living in them. I’ve gotten to visit beautiful places inside Summit County and outside Ohio and explore the local arts […]

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 […]