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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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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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None Too Fragile Theater put on three performances only over the weekend of December 13-14 called “Exact Change.” The one-person drama is one of those stories that needs to be told, the artistic co-founder of the company has said. And he was correct. The drama tells the true story of Christine Howey, who is a […]

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We all have our favorite holiday stories at this time of year. Sometimes we cannot wait to see that special movie that does it for us, or hear a festive tale. At other times, we dread the idea of having to watch it even one more time. That’s the basis of the current production at […]

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Playing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for laughs–really? Yep, it happens in the latest production from Actors’ Summit (a Knight arts grantee): the regional premiere of Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s version of “Hound of the Baskervilles” It wasn’t surprising to see in the program that Nicholson had once been part of the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe […]

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Akron area actors, would-be actors, and play lovers have a good thing going. Wandering Aesthetics, a small but highly active theater company, has a play-reading series called Akron’s Boiling Point. Anyone interested – in either participating by reading a role or two, or simply listening to some exciting and contemporary plays – can come and […]

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We’ve seen dance and classical music brought into Akron city parks, along with free rock and roll, jazz and country concerts in various venues around town. But never glimpses of fine visual art – until now. The Akron Art Museum, a Knight Arts grantee, is planning to install high-quality reproductions around the city for everyone to […]

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By Roza Maille, Akron Art Museum The Akron Art Museum is beginning a new project, based on a successful effort in Detroit, that will bring its collection into the city’s neighborhoods. Below, Project Manager Roza Maille writes about the first installation. This item is cross-posted from the Akron Art Museum’s blog. Picture this: You’re walking […]

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And they’re off! The cast of Coach House Theatre’s “Three Men on a Horse” gallops delightfully through the fast-pace, quick-witted comedy set in 1930s New Jersey. The play, written by John Cecil Holm and veteran Broadway play director George Abbott, takes up the tale of a mild-mannered writer of greeting card verses, Erwin Trowbridge (played […]

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Under Christine Meneer, artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Ohio, the annual and much loved “Nutcracker” will be performed for the 22nd year in a row at the Akron Civic Theatre November 29 through December 7. Meneer’s run of this production is uncanny for its continuing popularity. As Meneer as often said, “Nutcracker” has the […]

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None Too Fragile Theater is noted for regularly bringing tense and darkly comic tales to the stage. It’s done it again with Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is densely and intricately written; it requires a lot of thought once you leave the performance. That’s a good thing with theater and a reason to […]

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