ArtsNow Events

Thanks to a partnership with thought leaders across the nation, local experts, and Summit County organizations, ArtsNow is curating a calendar of 2022 events designed to enable more art in more places for more people. Please stay tuned for additional events throughout 2022


May 24, 2022 |  3:00-4:30pm | Virtual

DEIA Advisory Board Presents: Cultural Competency: The building blocks to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion

Presenter: Dr. Fedearia Nicholson-Sweval
This interactive workshop will provide participants with an understanding of cultural competency by developing self-awareness and understanding of key concepts related to DEI.  Participants will explore concepts including implicit bias.

June 15, 2022 | 4:00-5:00pm | Jenks Building, 1884 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls

Arts, Culture, Environment Quarterly Meeting: Q2

Join ArtsNow for a quarterly update on the arts, culture, and environment sector in Summit County. Register here.

June 16, 2022 | 3:00-5:00pm | Akron Urban League

Arts, Culture, Community Series: Teach Arts Ohio

Collaborators: Ohio Arts Council, Summit Art Space, Akron Public Schools
Teach Arts Ohio Workshop will provide resources to teaching artists in Summit County to apply for the Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster. This roster represents Ohio artists who show artistic excellence with the ability to teach and build student engagement. The workshop will assist attendees with their applications in real-time during the session. Register today!

Date, time and location: TBD

Arts, Culture, Community Series: Creative Placemaking and Public Art

Presenters: Joel Ratner and LandStudio
Highlighting the intersection of creative placemaking, the arts, and community development, this workshop will include a panel discussion of case studies and a neighborhood walk to find examples of projects. This in-depth talk about the process for how projects would be completed and why collaboration will identify the importance of all organizations and the city having a specific placemaking agenda. Registration coming soon!

September 21, 2022 | 4:00-5:00pm | Summit Metro Parks, Shady Hollow Lodge, 1750 Sand Run Pkwy, Akron

Arts, Culture, Environment Quarterly Meeting: Q3

Join ArtsNow for a quarterly update on the arts, culture, and environment sector in Summit County.

October 5-6 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | John S. Knight Center

Arts Impact Ohio

Presenter: Ohio Arts Council
Join the Ohio Arts Council and arts leaders from across the state in Akron October 5-6 for Arts Impact Ohio 2022!

Arts Impact Ohio (AIO) provides relevant, action-oriented, forward-looking content for members of the state’s arts and cultural sector. The 2022 conference features two days of workshop sessions, keynotes, and plenaries; visits to nearby arts and cultural institutions; and opportunities to meet local and national thought leaders, with performances, arts experiences, networking opportunities, and plenty of other celebrations mixed in.

November 3 | 3:00-4:30pm | Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch

DEIA Advisory Board Presents: Dementia Friendly Workshop

Presenter: Dementia Friends Ohio
Join the movement that’s forging a new path of purpose and support along the dementia journey! The number of Ohioans diagnosed with dementia, and their care partners, projected for the coming years is staggering, and ensuring that our arts & culture organizations continue to engage this constituency is a critical component to maintaining the cultural richness and economic growth. Dynamic and thought-provoking, Dementia Friends shares information about the challenges of a dementia diagnosis and strategies for preparing arts & culture spaces—theaters, galleries, parks, and more–to ensure continued, active engagement post-diagnosis. Together we will make the commitment to transform our community, through inclusive communication and service adaptations, and make an abundant life possible for all.

December 7, 2022 | 4:00-5:00pm | Location TBD

Arts, Culture, Environment Quarterly Meeting: Q4

Join ArtsNow for a quarterly update on the arts, culture, and environment sector in Summit County.


May 5, 2022 | 10:00-11:00am | Virtual
DEIA Advisory Board Presents: Website Accessibility
Presenter: Molly Cairney, Art Possible Ohio
Website accessibility is an essential component of your organization’s overall Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility work. It is a legal requirement under Section 508 of the ADA and it is the right thing to do. Join Art Possible Ohio for an overview of web accessibility and some tips that will help you get started with your own web audit.


February 8, 2021
This 90-minute virtual tour will showcase the transformative power of art on public space and community with Jane Golden, founder and executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

April 8, 2021
Dr. Paul Farber of Monument Lab discusses the role of monuments in public art, public space, and the community

April 22, 2021

Environmental artists Stacy Levy demonstrates how art can create ecological legibility and help us all understand the natural world in our backyards, parks, and urban spaces. Watch the video!

April 28, 2021

In her second series, Stacy Levy explores how through embracing change and observing and mimicking the action of natural processes, art can begin to make real changes to the environment. Watch the video!

May 5, 2021
Join renowned environmental artist Stacy Levy for a look inside her process of approaching a public art project! Watch the video!

May 20, 2021 – 4:30pm
ARTS + TECHNOLOGY: Synergy Series
Local artists Alexandria Couch and Micah Kraus chat with Downtown Akron Partnership’s Kelli Fetter and S3 Technologies’ Bill Myers.