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New: Knight Arts Challenge in Akron

Knight Foundation just announced a new $6 million investment in the arts in Akron: $3 million will go to five of the city’s anchor arts institutions, and another $3 million will be distributed through the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest funding the best ideas that engage and enrich Akron through the arts.

Find out more about more about the Knight Arts Challenge in Akron, launching in the summer of 2015.

Read ongoing coverage of our current grantees below.

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Their name is bound to get your attention. The catchy phrasing of Rachel and the Beatnik Playboys is the name of four area professional musicians who are coming to the intimate cabaret stage of the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, on February 14. The date of the performance screams date night, and the […]

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Rubber City Shakespeare Company has to be the biggest art secret in the area. Well, apparently not to the couple of hundred people who have seen each of their productions; but to lots of people, they may still be the theatrical unknowns around town. Hopefully all that will change. During an interview with founder and […]

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You don’t have to be a genius to catch onto what’s happening in “Einstein,” the play currently being shown at Actors’ Summit, a Knight Arts grantee. The one-act drama, written by playwright Willard Simms, ostensibly captures Albert Einstein at his home office in Princeton, N.J. in 1946. The audience is treated as invited guests – […]

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Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, commissioned Cleveland area writer Michael Oatman to create a play. That he did. His “Crazy Man,” which is set in south Akron, deals head on with some uncomfortable situations about race relations. Oatman’s play begins with two young African-American students coming on stage talking about having just seen a […]

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Apollo’s Fire, a Knight Arts grantee, is well known for both its classical, and its funky, programming, giving the adjective “hip” to what most people might think of as stodgy, old, classical music. This becomes apparent in this current season and an upcoming program. It would be enough for most orchestras that this is Johann […]

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Pianist Jonathan Biss is no stranger to the greater Akron area. He appeared several years ago (a feat for someone so young) for the Cleveland Orchestra, and has appeared a few times for Tuesday Musical Association, as recently as 2010. Biss is returning as the guest of Tuesday Musical, a Knight Arts grantee, on Tuesday, […]

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If you live in South Florida, Detroit, St. Paul, Minn., or Akron, Ohio, we hope you’re getting those ideas ready. The Knight Arts Challenge will open in those cities in coming months, and we’ll be looking for the best ideas for the arts. RELATED LINK “Join us South Florida to learn about the Knight Arts […]

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How many dance companies do you know that take their name from a fungus – and at that, a particular volatile breed that can propel itself and stick on the surface of whatever it aims at? Perhaps that kind of funny connection occurred to the Dartmouth College dancers who began the group Pilobolus back in […]

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Not long ago I caught an interview of National Public Radio. The guest was well-known comedian, writer, producer, actor and TV personality Louis CK. He talked at length about the benefit of open mic venues where he could try new materials – to see how it all sounded in his voice, so to speak, and […]

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At Summit Artspace, a Knight Arts grantee, the annual holiday show – “Kaleidoscope 2014,” now on view through New Year’s Eve –is a colorful exhibit. Don’t miss the chance to see it during the season, for this year’s collection of entries will add texture, sparkle, rich and lustrous color to the gray cold days of […]

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