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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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Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons Rediscovered”? No, the classic and famous musical composition wasn’t lost. For Apollo’s Fire (a Knight Arts grantee) and its founder and music director Jeannette Sorrell, the title of the Baroque music orchestra’s upcoming concert refers to finding and using the original source material for the concerto – four sonnets, which may have […]

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By Anita Marron, HSNA Explore the positive impact of PorchRokr on the Highland Square neighborhood, with interviews and music samplings throughout the day. With more than 90 bands and performers playing on residential porches and stages throughout the 8 block festival area, Highland Square Neighborhood rocked 2014. Over 7000 residents turned out to walk their […]

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When artist Don Parsisson came up with the idea for a photograph exhibit called “Self & Others: The Photographic Portrait,” he had a great idea going. He got together with gallery coordinator and handler Rob Lehr of Summit Artspace, a Knight Arts grantee, after which more photographers were added to the initial group organized for […]

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It’s always nice to see revivals of known ballets and modern dance, but it’s exciting when the works are brand new. That’s what’s in store for audiences who will attend The University of Akron Dance Company’s spring dance concert in E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. Four choreographers will present new pieces, including a four-movement modern […]

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One would be hard put to find someone in the musical world of the greater Akron area who doesn’t know or hasn’t heard of organist and voice teacher James Mismas. Most of that is because Jim (as he likes to be called) is very much a part of the musical fabric of the area and is […]

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Several hundred people showed up at the Akron Civic Theatre (a Knight Arts grantee) on March 4th to celebrate Akron’s participation in the Cleveland International Film Festival for the fifth consecutive year, made possible through the Knight and Day in Akron program sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Attendees seemingly had a great time. Admission was […]

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Most people probably don’t think of a play about a snooty bunch of people in a book club being all that much of a comedy, but it is at Actors’ Summit, a Knight Arts grantee, where Karen Zacarias’ “The Book Club Play” is being performed. For one thing, the hilarity comes out of the characters, […]

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Gary Mullen & The Works’ “One Night of Queen” has enjoyed a thriving, 13-plus year run, due in large part to the striking vocal resemblance between lead singer Gary Mullen and the legendary Freddie Mercury. This weekend, Mullen and his band are bringing their highly-popular show to the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee. […]

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Artistic forces came together, in some cases for the first time, as GroundWorks DanceTheater (a Knight Arts grantee) rehearsed for its upcoming concert at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall this weekend. Composer Steven Snowden was on hand to hear string chamber ensemble Aeolus Quartet perform the 40-minute work he wrote for GroundWorks’ “House of […]

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It seems like only a couple of years ago that Ballet Excel Ohio, a Knight Arts grantee, mounted its version of “Snow White,” as commissioned by the company and created by choreographer Laszlo Berdo. So it came as quite a surprise to Mia Klinger, the ballet’s artistic director–and me, when sitting down for an interview and […]

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