Who We Are
ArtsNow works to leverage the arts and culture in Summit County to support and strengthen the region’s economic and social vibrancy.
ArtsNow envisions a Summit County where our arts & culture assets are fully leveraged to support and strengthen the region’s economic and social vibrancy. The public’s demand for and participation in arts & culture is high, and artists and arts organizations deliver diverse, innovative, and accessible offerings that make Summit County a highly creative community that is extremely attractive to artists, businesses, and residents. Because of the sector’s strength, Summit County’s arts & culture enjoys strong and growing support from the public and private sectors.
ArtsNow strengthens Summit County by advancing its arts & culture assets and building connections between arts & culture and the broad community. ArtsNow:
- Provides residents of Summit County access to information about the diverse arts & culture offerings available in Summit County.
- Aggregates and analyzes data about arts & culture to drive sector improvement.
- Advocates for arts & culture across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
- Convenes and connects makers and presenters to strengthen the sector’s impact and relevance.
- Builds and strengthens funding for arts & culture.
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 2023, Nicole was invited to serve on the Support Summit DD Levy Advisory Committee, demonstrating her commitment to furthering this vital cause. 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 February of 2020. 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.
Associate Director of Community Impact
Grace Carter serves as the Associate Director of Community Impact at ArtsNow. She has her B.A. in art history with a minor in pre-law from Kent State University and her M.A. in arts administration from The University of Akron. Grace has been published in publications such as CAN Journal and writes art exhibition reviews and artist profiles in addition to her work at ArtsNow. She has contracted as a freelance grant writer with clients in northeast Ohio and New York City. Her past positions at Summit Artspace, the Kent State University School of Art, Worthington Yards/YARDS Projects, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland have allowed her to support local artists through storytelling, marketing, digital media, and more.