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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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Apollo’s Fire (a Knight arts grantee) has been in the business of making Baroque music for 23 years now, with 20 of those years featuring performance in the Akron area. Now it’s set to launch another big musical season. The musical troupe, led by founder and Music Director Jeannette Sorrell, also has managed to gather up […]

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The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, a Knight arts grantee, began with a flourish as Ballet Hispanico, a New York-based dance troupe, kicked off the eighth annual (and the city of Akron’s 41st annual) dancing-in-the-park happening. Ballet Hispanico, led by Eduardo Vilaro, sets as its focus Latino cultures. But as the leader of the group says, the company thinks about […]

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The Artists of Rubber City are a much unheralded group. ARC doesn’t seem to send out press releases much, and maybe relies on their usual concurrent exhibits along with Summit Artspace (a Knight Arts grantee and where ARC has space on the third floor) to bring in the audience. You’ll often hear someone say aloud that […]

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It’s been four years since local artists have been painting up an urban outdoor storm in the “plein air” style in downtown Akron. This year “Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air” took a different and refreshing turn with how the exhibit – and the rewards that came from it – were done. That might have to […]

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Photo: A DJ provides tunes for the opening night of Akron Film+Pixel at Nightlight Cinema. Photos by Rob Vaughn. By Roger Durbin For years, Akron Film+Pixel showed cutting-edge films in pop-up events around the city – 20 a year on average – filling a void in the one of the largest communities in the country […]

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The New World Performance Laboratory seems to regularly bring some interesting – wait, make that zany, unusual, unpredictable, or simply out-there – theatrical experiences to their Balch Street Theatre. This time the group is presenting the offbeat “Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO as adapted by Sarah Ruhl,” a work described by promotions and critical voices as a […]

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Local artists and art lovers are doing a good thing. They are joining together to honor the life and creative work of Akron artist John Puglia. The exhibit “Never Not Working: The Art and Influence of John Puglia” will be on display at The University of Akron’s Emily Davis Gallery July 14-September 12. The art […]

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Ok, what’s it going to be like? Did you ever have that reaction when you want to go to some place brand new and don’t quite know what to expect? You might if you’re wanting to take in an indie film at the brand-new The Nightlight Cinema, a product of Akron Film+Pixel, a Knight Arts […]

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By Sarah Hricko, DANCECleveland From America’s majestic West, to a kibbutz in Israel, to the Carnival spectacle of Brazil, DANCECleveland’s 59th season will continue a tradition of bringing companies noted for unique artistic voices and distinctive styles to stages in northeast Ohio. The 2014-15 performance season will feature five extraordinary dance companies from the U.S. […]

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By Suzie Graham, president, Downtown Akron Partnership There is something beautiful about unexpected bright things. Sunny skies and 84 degree weather is expected on a typical day in Downtown Akron in the summertime, but we don’t take it for granted. Employees and families take to the streets to soak up the sunshine, smiling at passersby […]

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