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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 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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Love is coming to us all. This week, it’s heading to downtown Akron as the Big Love Fest, which will spill throughout the Musica complex and bring 12 hours of continuous music, dance, visual arts, healing arts, storytelling and so much more on February 28. In a telephone interview with committee chair Zach Freidhof (who goes by […]

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None Too Fragile’s current production of Martin McDonagh’s “Lonesome West” has got everything right – impeccable acting from the four person ensemble; a set that underlines the gritty reality of the characters’ harsh life in the western reaches of Ireland; a tumbling story of explosively fragile people; and focused direction from co-directors Alanna Romansky and […]

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Three years have gone by while the organizers of the Empty Bowl Project took a well-deserved hiatus. They are back, and with a bang, for the traditional soup-and-bread fundraiser that will be held in the atrium of the Akron Art Museum is already sold out. As fundraising events go, that’s great news. The Empty Bowl […]

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Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, has a commitment and a goal of bringing area talent onto its stage. The Civic will be fulfilling that promise once again when it presents singer Jocelyn Grant in its series The Club @ the Civic on Sunday, March 1. Jocelyn Grant isn’t just a great singer; she […]

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World-acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee makes for a great story. He’s a local area man who has taken the musical and operatic world by storm. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Brownlee sang pop tunes in such places as the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio before he went on to take his place on international stages […]

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Artists take care of one another, or so it would certainly seem when it comes to Jon Haidet and Karen Starr, the owners of Hazel Tree Interiors. In an informal interview at the store, Haidet said that there are “tons of artists who don’t have any place to show” either a significant amount of their […]

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From race to rubber. That’s the kind of locally-involved theater in which Akron’s Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture – through one of its participating theatrical groups, the New World Performance Laboratory – gets involved. CATAC has announced that it will receive a $15,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation […]

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Their name is bound to get your attention. The catchy phrasing of Rachel and the Beatnik Playboys is the name of four area professional musicians who are coming to the intimate cabaret stage of the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, on February 14. The date of the performance screams date night, and the […]

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Rubber City Shakespeare Company has to be the biggest art secret in the area. Well, apparently not to the couple of hundred people who have seen each of their productions; but to lots of people, they may still be the theatrical unknowns around town. Hopefully all that will change. During an interview with founder and […]

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