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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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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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Wandering Aesthetics co-founders Kyle Jozsa and Benjamin Rexroad are taking some personal experience and expanding on it by collaborating with local artists and groups in order to bring a new play, “Trail Magic,” to the Balch Street Theatre. Jozsa and Rexroad went on the 2,186 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail last year. Jozsa turned […]

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The Akron Art Museum, a Knight Arts grantee, has a one of a kind exhibit going on with a one of a kind artist. The exhibition, “Butch Anthony: Vita Post Mortum,” which is on display through January 25, will feed your art-loving imagination. It’s a fascinating exhibition, and one not to be missed. The display […]

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I’m beginning to be a big big fan of the plays that Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, is putting on in its intimate 48-seat Dietz Theater. The current production, Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” and the brilliant cast selected by director Fred Gloor, has sown up that conviction. It is definitely one worth seeing. Herzog […]

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It always feels tricky to write about a movie house, even a wonderful independent film-centered one like Nightlight Cinema, a Knight Arts grantee. The films turn over regularly, so it’s not like a single event or a three-week stint of a play. Now and then, though, a reminder about a quality arts organization and the […]

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The Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, and Neos Dance Theatre, also a Knight Arts grantee, really knew what they were doing when they decided to come together for a night of Dracula (the silent film “Nosferatu” and Neos’ “Count: The Legend of Dracula”) back-to-back on Saturday, November 1, the night after Halloween. It […]

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It’s always a great thing when GroundWorks DanceTheater, a Knight Arts grantee, comes to Akron on one of their recurrent visits to perform for local audiences. And in the fall of the year, it is a couple of performances at the Main Library in Downtown. This year, the troupe will be bringing first a work […]

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After a very successful performance at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, DANCECLEVELAND, a Knight Arts grantee, is going to be continuing in that stellar vein by presenting the internationally acclaimed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. One of Israel’s most prominent dance […]

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An artist friend not too long ago lost her father. She dealt with the intense feelings she was having by (of all things) making art. It was not just therapy for her; it was also a way to embody the experience, to capture such a monumental change in her life. That kind of idea informs […]

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By Sarah Hricko, DANCECleveland “Disney Week” is what The University of Akron dance students call the one week of residency with world renowned dance companies each year! Collaborating with DANCECleveland, The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall and dance program have sustained a successful 8 year relationship full of residencies and performances from the best […]

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