State of the Arts

Thank you to all who attended State of the Arts 2022 at the Akron Civic Theatre!

We were thrilled to celebrate the arts, culture, and environment of Summit County, and honor Theresa Carter and Gregg Mervis. We appreciate all attendees and our sponsors for their support and partnership. Here’s to a bright future for the arts in Summit County!

Highlights from our 2022 SOTA event

This video celebrates our award winners, Theresa Carter and Gregg Mervis. These two champions for Arts and Culture in Summit County received the ArtsNow Distinguished Patron Award & Visionary Leader Award, respectively. Thank you both for all that you do to support the Arts!
Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro shares her personal connection to the arts and her enthusiasm for the role of the arts in education and in our community. As Shapiro points out, everyone is born with skills, curiosity, and artistic capabilities, and when those skills are nurtured through education, we create a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, and play.
This video celebrates the arts, cultural, and environmental sectors in Summit County, Ohio! Watch highlights submitted from across the county to showcase the amazing work that was accomplished in 2022.

Thank you to our 2022 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Rick and Alita Rogers

Gold Sponsors

Harvey & Kim Nelson

Silver Sponsors

Read Family

Bronze Sponsors

Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn

Tim and Katy Miller

Christine Chenoweth Yuhasz

Dr. William and Mrs. Olivia Demas

Steve and Jeannine Marks

The Office of Inclusion and Equity, The University of Akron

John and Jayne Garofalo