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Executive Director
175 S. Main St., Suite #100
Akron OH 44308

Nicole serves as the Executive Director of ArtsNow, an organization that helps build and strengthen a thriving Summit County arts and culture scene to add economic vitality and social vibrancy to our region. In this role, she collaborates with local leaders and organizations to advocate for the arts and culture sector, connects local talent to resources, and leads a team that promotes the diverse catalog of arts and culture offerings across multiple platforms to Summit County residents.

In February of 2020, the board of trustees for The University of Akron confirmed President Gary Miller’s appointment of Nicole to a UA seat on the board of the Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc. (NETO). In addition, Nicole serves on the board of United Disability Services (UDS) and was elected to serve a second term with the Private Sector Network Council of Americans for the Arts representing Summit County and Ohio.

Also in 2020, Nicole received the Glass Half Full award from the GAR Foundation and in August of 2019, she was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Notable Women in Nonprofit.

Nicole is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 34 and is a proud alumna of Torchbearers, where she served as member, committee chair, and board member from 2013 to 2017 and as president in 2016.

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Director of Programming
175 S. Main St., Suite #100
Akron OH 44308

Dara Harper is a creative entrepreneur and artist who has established Art Only Boutique, a company that produces original paintings in acrylics ranging from figurative to abstract compositions. Currently Dara completed a 11,000sqft. street mural for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park titled “Finding Our Way Home” as part of the 2021 Boston Activation Project.

Dara graduated from The University of Akron with a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction. A Bachelors in Studio Art with emphasis in Painting and Minor in Art History. “Engaging the community and spaces through art is part of my purpose as an artist.”

She is co-founder and lead of the Akron Black Artist Guild, Public Art Commissioner with the city of Akron’s Public Art Program, and most recently serves as Director of Programming with ArtsNow.

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Website Coordinator

Communications & Marketing

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