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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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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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The first production ever by the talented group of actors and play bringers at None Too Fragile was “On an Average Day,” John Kolvenbach’s deeply riveting and psychologically chilling drama about two emotionally fraught brothers. The play, which is currently being performed at the theater’s spot in Pub Bricco, is coming for a one-night-only performance […]

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Alan Ayckbourn’s swinging ’60s British comedy had what seemed like a slow start in the first act during opening night of “Relatively Speaking” at Weathervane Playhouse (a Knight Arts grantee), but then Act II came along in the nick of time. The problem wasn’t with the acting. Adam C. Alderson as Greg and Tris Bolinger […]

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Sean Grennan’s “Making God Laugh” is a hoot as presented by Actors’ Summit, a Knight Arts grantee. It’s the company’s season opener, and it’s a great one to begin with – funny, cleverly written, a wonderful mixture of laughable incidents that have serious undertones that ultimately get worked out in the plot, and some gifted […]

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If you’re looking for a great evening out, go see Coach House Theatre’s production of “Over the River and through the Woods.” Joe DiPietro’s comedy comes across as charming, and with the right touches of poignancy, to make you leave the theater happy you went, praising what you saw, and feeling the kind of warm […]

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Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry (1987); former United States Poet Laureate (1993-1995); and National Humanities Medal recipient (1996) from then President Clinton – these are a very few of the awards bestowed on Akron’s own Rita Dove. She is returning to Akron at the invitation of Project Learn, a longstanding literacy organization that has been […]

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Although Verb Ballets is based in Cleveland, it manages to come frequently to the Akron area. This time, and for the first time, the eight-member ballet company will present an evening of contemporary works at The Green High School on October 18. Contemporary is the operative word, for the choreographers are either dancers still themselves […]

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If you want to get the creeps, plan on going to the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, on All Saints Day. The theater is planning a double bill of a showing of the 1922 silent-era film “Nosferatu,” followed by Neos Dance Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, performing its fabulous “Count: The Legend of […]

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Akron is having a musical moment & the Huff Post has noticed. Reporter Daryl Rowland writes: “Imagine a great night to go out to hear music and great city to do it in. Were you thinking Monday Nights in Akron, Ohio?You may be surprised to learn that some of the most accomplished musicians and songwriters […]

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