We found a real hunger for arts and culture in the city. People craved it. But we also found some gaps: African-Americans and young people in particular were having trouble finding programming that spoke to them.
"Akron arts community receives $6 million boost from Knight Foundation" -- Press Release (09/21)
I was impressed by how the arts community turned the information into an opportunity. They met, began to talk about what culture meant to them and the broader community, to look at strengths, opportunities and a way forward.
To us at Knight, it was a great sign that Akron as a community was sitting down to reshape its cultural identity.
Knight Foundation wants to play its part in helping Akron shape its new vibrant cultural community. So today we’re excited to announce $6 million in new investments in the arts in Akron, funding we hope will build on this momentum.