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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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It’s been a historical year for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, which has lately themed its concerts around important, stirring and poignant events in American life and culture. Last September, ASO performed “O’er the Land of the Free” in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the writing of the national anthem. The title for the concert […]

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According to Val Renner, programming director of the Akron Civic Theatre, the Angie Haze Project is the “epitome of one of the success stories” for the theater. One of the Akron Civic’s aims under its Knight Arts grant is to bring in and promote local talent. Last year, when the Angie Haze Project appeared in […]

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A few months ago, CATAC (the Center for Applied Theatre and Culture) announced that it had received a $15,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to create a dramatic piece about the history of rubber in Akron through its production arm, the New World Performance Laboratory. The outlines of the project were covered in another post, in […]

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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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