Thank you, Gregg Mervis.

By Nicole Mullet In late June of 2015, I received a phone call from Gregg Mervis, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau, offering me the position of Executive Director of the yet to be named ArtsNow. I’m ashamed to say I do not recall many details of that conversation […]

Meet ArtsNow Intern Erika Newcome

You may have seen her recent blogs on, and here’s a little more about the personal journey of our fantastic summer intern Erika Newcome: Erika, a recent graduate of The University of Akron, specializes in strategic campaign planning and brand management. In 2018, she received a multidisciplinary B.A. studying both public relations and marketing. The […]

Get Your Art On With smART Studio

Written By Erika Newcome, Intern Last week I had the opportunity to explore Akron’s locally owned and operated, smART Studio. The multi-arts studio offers a variety of enrichment workshops, and provides creative opportunities for individuals of all ages, regardless of their skillset. “My classes are designed to emphasize discovery and creativity, to help individuals enhance […]

Five Local Museums Collaborate to Bring Access Program to Low-Income Families

Summit County welcomes national Museums for All initiative to promote access and opportunity Beginning July 1, five Summit County museums and attractions will open their doors at a substantially discounted admission price of $1 to $3 to any guest who presents their U.S. government-issued Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card upon arrival. Participating venues include Akron […]

Weekly Summer Events!

Written by Erika Newcome, Intern Miss an awesome summer event? With these five local happenings, that’s okay! You can catch the next one. 1. Falls Downtown Fridays (Cuyahoga Falls)  Join us every Friday, as the City of Cuyahoga Falls presents a differently-themed, weekly block party featuring a variety of local beer, food, and retail shops. This […]

ArtsNow: We’re on the Move!

For the past three years, ArtsNow has been provided space at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. This partnership was first established by David Jennings in 2015 and thoughtfully carried forward by Pamela Hickson-Stevenson.  For a young organization just starting out, their friendship and support was invaluable to our early work.  We are so grateful for this […]

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, […]