ArtsNow Launches Second Annual ArtsForward: A Program to Support and Implement Akron/Summit Cultural Plan

Akron, Ohio (April 1, 2024)- ArtsNow, the backbone arts and culture agency for Summit County, is thrilled to announce the launch of its second year of ArtsForward, a grant program dedicated to advancing and implementing the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan.

The ArtsForward application is open now through April 30, 2024, and will support nonprofit programs and projects from across Summit County that align with the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan’s ten key priorities.

“As we enter another year, the continued backing of ArtsForward is a testament to the dedication of our artists, staff, volunteers, and community members driving our Cultural Plan,” stated Nicole Mullet, Executive Director of ArtsNow. “Arts and culture are integral to a healthy and vibrant Summit County, and we’re thrilled to serve as stewards of these resources. Our team is so proud of last year’s nonprofit grant recipients’ achievements, and we can’t wait to see the projects and change-makers that emerge this year.”

In 2023, ArtsNow awarded nearly $450,000 to the nonprofit grant recipients of ArtsForward, funding 25 projects in Summit County.

Interested in applying or learning more? Artists and nonprofits with questions are encouraged to attend the virtual webinar on April 10, 2024, at 11:00 AM. Register by visiting

ArtsForward letters of interest for project ideas are now open through April 31, 2024.

This grant program is made possible by the greater Akron community including individuals, and our arts and culture partners including the Ian Patrick Schwarber Foundation, GAR Foundation, Knight Foundation, Summit DD, Direction Home Akron Canton, Advancing Independence, County of Summit, United Way of Summit & Medina, ADM Board, and the County of Summit: Community Development Block Grant.

For more information on the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan, please visit

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Akron/Summit Cultural Plan Our community’s cultural plan is a living document intended to examine and strengthen the soul of a region through the exploration of arts, humanities, culture, natural resources, and heritage throughout all neighborhoods of Akron. Learn more at

ArtsNow works to leverage the arts and culture in Summit County to support and strengthen the region’s economic and social vibrancy. Learn more at