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May 10, 2019
Akron has kicked off a process that will create a blueprint for the city’s cultural resources, from visual art to environmental assets. Residents will be central to the creation of the Akron Cultural Plan, which will be led by ArtsNow, a nonprofit created to connect art, culture and community. The goal is to rely on community […] Read Article
May 9, 2019
On Thursday, ArtsNow announced that they are seeking input from hundreds of residents in developing Akron’s first-ever “cultural plan.” ArtsNow and Columbus-based consulting firm Designing Local say cultural plans are similar to economic development plans or urban design plans. They include assessments of what assets a city already has — park space, public art, theater companies, […] Read Article
May 9, 2019
On Friday, Akron will kick off the public-input phase for its first citywide arts and cultural plan, which is now in the information-gathering stages and will culminate by the end of the year with a strategic plan to support arts, culture and the environment across all Akron neighborhoods. The project, funded by $100,000 each from […] Read Article
February 13, 2019
Lizzi Aronhalt announced as Artist in Residence for Phase Two of the project ArtsNow, Akron Civic Commons, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC) have partnered to transform the Park East tennis courts with a grant from Mural Arts Institute. The partnership is designed to help leverage the arts in energizing neighborhoods. The team […] Read Article
February 5, 2019
The Ohio creative arts industry is a dynamic economic engine, generating more than $41 billion in activity statewide, including $1.4 billion in the Akron area, a new study says. The Columbus-based Ohio Citizens for the Arts on Tuesday released the findings of the report, called “Ohio’s Creative Economy: The Economic Impact of Arts and Creative […] Read Article
January 10, 2019
Film premiere event will help local student with college expenses Community members are rallying beside Kofi R. Boakye, a 19- year-old award-winning keyboardist, songwriter, and producer on Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019, at The Tangier Event & Entertainment Center to support Kofi and his financial efforts as he prepares for college at Berklee College of Music. The event […] Read Article
November 27, 2018
The GAR Foundation has awarded $350,000 to support Elevate Akron, a new collaboration between the Greater Akron Chamber and the Akron city and Summit County governments to advance the region’s economy. The grant was announced Tuesday as part of nearly $1.7 million in foundation support to local organizations this quarter. “Elevate Akron is aligning economic […] Read Article