With funding from the Knight Foundation, the Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC) laid out its plans to create, produce and present a three-part theater piece called “The Devil’s Milk.” The trilogy focuses on the history of Akron, specifically as related to the rubber industry and trade. The New World Performance Laboratory, one […]
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.
The Akron Civic Theatre is going to give us a little bit of country and a little bit of rock-and-roll. On Friday, June 26, the theater, a Knight Arts grantee, is bringing singer-songwriters Hannah Thomas and Cheley Tackett to its intimate venue, The Club @ The Civic, where both audience and performers come together on […]
Celebrate. Celebrate. That’s what the Akron Art Museum, a Knight Arts grantee, is doing through its current exhibition, “Proof: Photographs from the Collection.” According to Arnie Tunstall, collections manager of the museum and curator for this particular display, the museum is known for its strong photography holdings. In fact, more than half of the 5,000 […]
“O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A. Oklahoma. OK!” Actually, it was more than okay. During the opening weekend of Weathervane Playhouse‘s production of “Oklahoma,” members of the audience were on their feet at the end of the three-hour play following the rousing rendition of the title song. It’s small wonder, for under Sarah Elaine Bailey’s direction and choreography, and Sharon […]
The Akron Civic Theatre is eagerly fulfilling its goals of bringing area residents into the theater and, even more interestingly, of putting local talent on the stage. One way that the Knight Arts grantee is accomplishing this is by producing the fourth annual All-City Musical, which, according to Executive Director Howard Parr, will be “Shrek […]
The Akron dance community just got a mega-boost. At a press conference held at The University of Akron on May 14, Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced that the organization was awarding a $5 million grant through DANCECleveland and The University of Akron for the creation of a National […]
In preparing for her first “upstairs” show – “Staged Photographs” – with works “drawn from the Akron Art Museum collection,” Liz Carney commented in a walk-through interview that she was avoiding the large collection of documentary style photographs housed at the Akron Art Museum, a Knight Arts grantee. Those will be coming up in a […]
By Clint Needham, Composer I am so excited to be launching this incredible project, Sounds of Akron. With your help, I’ll be creating a musical portrait of Akron using sounds that you submit and I convert into music. This is one of the first crowd-sourced symphonies in the U.S. We are so fortunate that it’s happening […]
By Scott L. Scarborough, PhD, President of The University of Akron, and Pamela Young, executive director of DANCECleveland You enter a theater and take your seat. The house lights dim, the curtain goes up and a dance performance by a national touring company begins to unfold. The talented dancers, stunning lighting, exquisite costumes, inspiring music […]
The launch has begun! On the evening of Thursday, May 7, the Akron Art Museum hosted what it called a block party to celebrate the start of Inside|Out, a new community-activated project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that is bringing reproductions of the museum’s art into the city’s streets and […]