ArtsNow Patron Spotlight: Kelli Crawford-Smith

Art audiences, supporters, and patrons are all vital to a healthy arts and culture sector. This new blog series will highlight some of the people who make the arts work in Summit County. (Have somebody you want to nominate for the spotlight? Reach out to becky@ampstrategy.com.) Art needs and deserves an audience and advocates. In our newest […]

Akron Cultural Plan Announces Steering Committee Members

The Cultural Plan Steering Committee came together for the first time to kick off the Akron Cultural Plan. These individuals represent multiple organizations and neighborhoods throughout Akron, including the University of Akron, Himalayan Arts Language and Cultural Academy, Stan Hywet, the Akron Art Museum, Inlet Dance, and many more exceptional organizations. They have generously volunteered […]

Akron Cultural Plan: Stakeholder Meetings

The project team of Designing Local and ArtsNow wants to connect with as many residents, community leaders, and creatives as possible. The team has worked to engage and connect with cultural leaders, creatives, and community stakeholders. We also believe that we can’t be inclusive without being transparent, so the team has built an entirely open […]

An Akron Tour with Dave Leiberth

By Josh Lapp, Designing Local This past March, Designing Local had the unique opportunity to take a driving tour of Akron with retired Akron Deputy Mayor of Administration, author, historian, and someone we would definitely want on our trivia team: Dave Lieberth. Dave, like LeBron James, is a born-and-bred Akronite. Where his basketball career didn’t […]

Park East Project: Residents Provide Input

As the ArtsNow mural mission continues, the artistic torch has been passed to Lizzi Aronhalt, who is the Phase Two ArtsNow Artist-in-Residence. Aronhalt is a painter, illustrator, and educator who studied Art Education and 2-D media. Aronhalt’s major goal with her residency is to involve the community in the creation of a large mural that […]

ArtsNow Patron Spotlight: Kimberly Young

Art audiences, supporters, and patrons are all vital to a healthy arts and culture sector. This new blog series will highlight some of the people who make the arts work in Summit County. (Have somebody you want to nominate for the spotlight? Reach out to becky@ampstrategy.com.) Art needs and deserves an audience and advocates. In our newest […]

Passion Project

Park East Artist-In-Residency Phase 1 Internship Those of us who have augmented our higher education with an internship know the routine: fetch coffee, make copies, run errands, take meeting minutes; all while trying to soak in the inner workings of the corporate landscape. An internship filled with passion and purpose? Those exist? They did for […]

ArtsNow Patron Spotlight: Brian Moore

Art audiences, supporters, and patrons are all vital to a healthy arts and culture sector. This new blog series will highlight some of the people who make the arts work in Summit County. (Have somebody you want to nominate for the spotlight? Reach out to becky@ampstrategy.com.) Art needs and deserves an audience and advocates. In our newest […]

ArtsNow Patron Spotlight: Mark Munoz + Jon Fiume

Art audiences, supporters, and patrons are all vital to a healthy arts and culture sector. This new blog series will highlight some of the people who make the arts work in Summit County. (Have somebody you want to nominate for the spotlight? Reach out to becky@ampstrategy.com.) Art needs and deserves an audience and advocates. In our newest […]