‘On track’ for a productive meeting

Hosting a corporate retreat on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Guest blogger: Lindsay Ridinger, Summit Education Initiative You may have heard a change of scenery may help clear your mind, spark ideas and/or boost creativity. Maybe your favorite mellow tunes, desk chair yoga or sweet, salty snacks do the trick, too. Because it seems more […]

ArtsNow Patron Spotlight: Terry Kuhn

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 Art needs and deserves an audience and advocates. In […]

Arts + Culture Providers: We Want To Hear From You

By Nicole Mullet, ArtsNow Executive Director ArtsNow is collaborating with local arts agencies in Pittsburgh, Toledo, Detroit, Cleveland, and Columbus on a Wage & Benefit Survey.  The survey will yield comparative data about salary and benefits issues and help individual arts & culture organizations to both make hiring and compensation decisions and meet non-profit regulations.  To achieve these objectives, we need […]

Free Decompression Chambers

@12:10 — Too ramped up. @12:30 — All better! Guest Blogger: Jarrod Hartzler, Tuesday Musical’s Executive & Artistic Director I love reading survey comments like this about Tuesday Musical’s Decompression Chamber program. An antidote to workplace stress, our Decompression Chamber is bringing free chamber music concerts to hospitals, factories, government offices, social service agencies and […]

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 […]