First Night

Downtown Akron Partnership

Date Awarded
Grant Period
02/09/12 to 02/07/13
Focus Area

Project Links

Grantee Contact

  • Akron, OH

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To build on the popular First Night event by implementing a series of events designed to highlight and promote the arts and culture entities emerging and/or thriving in the Downtown Akron area

Project Team

Suzie Graham

Executive Director

Suzie Graham became the president of the Downtown Akron Partnership in April 2011. She oversees all aspects of the operations of DAP to promote, build and maintain a clean, safe and vibrant Downtown. Suzie's career spans over eighteen years of service to the community including planning and oversight of programs and events for the City of Akron. Most recently, she served the City of Akron as the Coordinator of Arts and Children’s Programs for the Office of the Mayor. Suzie celebrates her love for the community through volunteer projects and service to local non-profit organizations. She has served on the Executive Board of the Akron Area Arts Alliance and currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Akron Civic Theatre.