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The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in Akron that can create transformational and sustainable change through artistic excellence and collective cultural experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about working with Knight in the arts, please contact Akron Interim Program Director Meredith Hector.

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Years ago it seemed like close to every Easter season the movie version of “The Wizard of Oz” would be on television. Nowadays you can see a live take on the movie and Frank Baum book in dance form when Ballet Theatre of Ohio (BTO) brings artistic director Christine Meneer’s full-length ballet production of Dorothy […]

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The Akron Independent Film Festival was awarded a $120,000 Knight Arts grant to launch Akron Film+Pixel, Akron’s first and only digital art house cinema.  Executive director Steve Felix is attracting buzz and local support. Cleveland Business Connects recently wrote about Felix and Akron Film+Pixel, writing: “Felix, a former wedding videographer who has led the Akron […]

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Sometimes it’s hard for dance companies to get reviewed, since they generally only get to have a single performance, or a couple performances in one day or weekend. Still they should get a chance to show potential audience members what they missed, so that they might show up the next time the group comes around. […]

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There’s an event in the brewing, and it’s one not to be missed. Neos Dance Theater, a Knight Arts grantee, is bringing a larger-than-life event to E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on April 19 in cooperation with the fine arts divisions of The University of Akron, to include the Dance Institute that is in residence […]

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Johnna Adams’ “Gidion’s Knot” in an immensely emotional play constructed for two women. The power of the drama gets its due and then some from actresses Jen Klika and Alanna Romansky at None Too Fragile Theater’s production of this play. Go see it. You’ll be glad you did. It’s hard to write about it, because to […]

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Ah, the good old days. Actually they seem that way in Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse’s “Life with Father” being performed at Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee. Think about it. Set in a large Victorian house in the 1880s (which scenic designer Alan Scott Ferrall lays out resplendently, while costume designer Jasen J. Smith adds […]

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Jason Odell Williams’ smart and fresh comedy, “Handle with Care,” recently had a long run off-Broadway. Actors’ Summit, a Knight Arts grantee, got the rights to produce the play as the regional premiere of the work while the New York production was still live. That’s pretty cool. It’s an amazingly fun and beguiling comedy, getting […]

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Choreographer Jessica Lang has been working since 1999 on dance making – and has been heralded for her ingenious combination of clever dance ideas and background sets and costumes. Only two years ago, though, she formed her own company, Jessica Lang Dance, and she’s once again the talk of the town. All that prestige was […]

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One of the things you have to come away with after watching Coach House Theatre’s production of the master playwright Tennessee Williams’ famous and classic drama, “The Glass Menagerie,” is the overwhelming and oppressive notion of the struggle in these characters’ lives. Much is said about the idea of memory. The production begins with one […]

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OK, GroundWorks dance fans: the company is coming back to Akron, and once again to the theater in Akron-Summit County Public Library. GroundWorks DanceTheater, a Knight Arts grantee, is bringing what promises to be a far different dance from what audience members are used to seeing from this stellar troupe. For this dance concert, GroundWorks […]

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