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When a powerful storm ravaged Bartram’s Garden in 2010, the oldest surviving botanical garden in North America sustained a fair amount of damage from the high winds, including a number of downed trees of varying types and ages. Harnessing this destructive event for constructive ends, the Garden joined with The Center for Art in Wood […]

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By Alisha Ebling, The Clay Studio As a part of The Clay Studio’s 40th Anniversary events, Iraqi war veterans and artists Ehren Tool and Jesse Albrecht transformed 1,000 pounds of clay into hundreds of military and war-themed cups while onlookers watched and interacted with the artists, provoking discussion on the cultural impact of art. In […]

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It’s the middle of the summer, and outdoor concerts are the hip happenings. The Second Sunday concert series at Washington Park was born in 2009. It was kicked off as an informal gathering by a group of fun folks. Gradually, the College Hill Corridor, a Knight Arts grantee, began to spread its arms around a […]

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Local artists and art lovers are doing a good thing. They are joining together to honor the life and creative work of Akron artist John Puglia. The exhibit “Never Not Working: The Art and Influence of John Puglia” will be on display at The University of Akron’s Emily Davis Gallery July 14-September 12. The art […]

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The imagery of Leonel Matheu is intentionally child-like in its figurative depictions, colorful, with cartoonish characters and scenery that could have popped out from a children’s book. But not quite. Those domed bald heads and teddy bear people, the flying saucers, the simple stars and moons are reflecting not a fairy-tale world, but a darker […]

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Social practice art, often also called interactive art or participatory art, in some way encourages the viewer to engage directly with the art or artist by either forcing viewers’ physical actions, manipulating their senses, or sharing creative expression with them. This type of art has been on the rise since the 1970s, with much earlier […]

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This summer, Campus Martius, perhaps best known for providing wintertime extracurricular fun in the form of its popular ice-skating rink, has expanded into a whole new season, with a host of summertime activities open and free to the public. The partnership between the City of Detroit, Opportunity Detroit, Downtown Detroit Partnership and the Detroit Recreation […]

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On Friday, July 5, Crane Arts hosted the 2014 Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo in The Icebox. This one-night-only event wasn’t a place to find parts, kitschy Calvin and Hobbes window decals, or even a new truck, for that matter. Each vehicle actually served as an installation artwork juried by Rubens Ghenov, Ryan McCartney and Timothy […]

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By Laura Quinlan, Rhythm Foundation After three years producing the monthly Big Night in Little Haiti, Rhythm Foundation director Laura Quinlan jumped at the chance to visit the source. Getting to know Little Haiti means falling in love with Haitian culture, and Laura was honored to join a National Performance Network cultural tour in Port-au-Prince […]

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At a young age, Ronald Boo Parker experienced quite a few downfalls in life. Before throwing his hands up in the air and giving up, he transformed what seemed to be a troubled life into a blessing. The trials and tribulations he went through helped him to create content for songs and eventually stage productions […]

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