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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 Josh McManus.

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Actors’ Summit, a Knight Arts grantee, is the area’s only professional theater. Not only does it put on quality productions, it seeks to introduce area residents to new materials that haven’t been seen before. That’s what it plans to do again when it brings five regional premiere works in its six productions for its 16th […]

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Follow up the Labor Day weekend with rock and roll by going to see the group Wilco (with warm-up act Bahamas) at the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee. Wilco is an award-winning Chicago sextet led by founder and singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy, with bassist John Stirratt , drummer Glenn Kotche, guitarist Nels Cline, […]

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Every once in a while you stumble upon an unexpected delight, like going just for fun to the Cleveland Museum of Art and discovering that there is a large exhibit of 16th-century German artist Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts and engravings. When we went, we thought we definitely wanted to check the display out before leaving. As […]

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David Sanborn is coming to the Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee. Now that’s a big deal, for Sanborn is not only a prolific saxophonist, but has a seeming legion of awards. During his lengthy career, 69-year old Sanborn has put out 24 albums of his music. He’s won six Grammy awards. That’s pretty […]

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The international Gay Games (GG9) may be winding down in venues in Akron and Cleveland, but the artistic impact is not. Summit Artspace, a Knight Arts grantee, is seeing to that. Sandy Kreisman, executive director of Akron Area Arts Alliance (the umbrella organization of Summit Artspace) came up with a brilliant idea – “Pride in […]

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The games have begun! And so have a host of arts and cultural events in support of them. As Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown announced the beginning of the games at the opening ceremony of the international Gay Games (GG9) centered in Cleveland and Akron, arts and culture groups have come out (in their own artistic […]

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He’s back! So read part of an announcement on the international Gay Games (GG9) website in reference to Del Shores, the iconoclastic writer of the play/movie/TV series “Sordid Lives” and of various episodes of “Queer as Folk,” “Dharma and Greg,” and “Touched by an Angel.” The actor spoke to me by phone from his north […]

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Reviews of GroundWorks DanceTheater (a Knight Arts grantee) over the years (my own included) have talked about how the company has created important contemporary dance pieces. Important doesn’t always mean serious, either, for artistic director David Shimotakahara and associate Amy Miller have made some fun and lively dances. This time, however, in setting a work to […]

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Neos Dance Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, had its opportunity to liven up the park – west side Akron’s Hardesty Park, that is – during the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival on the weekend of July 25-26. Unfortunately, the troupe was rained out for the Saturday performance, but those among the large audience who saw […]

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When Summit Artspace, a Knight Arts grantee, was opening its current exhibit, “Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air,” Sandy Kreisman, executive director of Akron Area Arts Alliance, was abuzz and duly excited about a project she was working on before, during, and as she hoped, after the opening reception of the other show. The one catching […]

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