To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.
To promote nonpartisan journalism excellence and audience engagement in Ohio during the 2016 presidential election by supporting the Informed Citizen Akron (ICAkron) project to conduct nonpartisan in-depth polling and, nonpartisan civic engagement, to help newsrooms listen more closely and respond to the broad information needs of Ohio voters.
To create a sustainable future through the formation of an operations endowment for United States Artists, an organization that awards unrestricted fellowships to American artists, that will enable staff to spend time on programming, analytics and raising additional capital to expand the fellowships instead of raising money for annual operations.
Encouraging visitors to explore remote regions of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by providing services and amenities, such as help with travel arrangements and baggage transport, that make it more accessible.
Providing new life for an abandoned section of the highway by creating a “bicycle park” that promotes cycling, encourages new riders and attracts cyclists from throughout the region and nation.
To strengthen a culture of civic engagement in three Knight communities by supporting nonpartisan workshops that surface new nonpartisan projects intended to make the voting experience more joyful.
Introducing new audiences to collecting art by starting an art rental program, where any resident with a library card can check out works to display in their home
Akron Songwriters Workshop: Promoting the art of songwriting by hosting a weeklong summer songwriters workshop for Akron residents
Exploring the role of arts in building community by bringing Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to speak in Akron and meet with artists and entrepreneurs
Enlivening and attracting new people to downtown through public art projects
The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program for High School Students): Building the next generation of art critics by having local journalists train high school theater and journalism students in writing reviews, and then honoring the best work at an awards show
Bringing training to local jazz musicians through a series of master class workshops at BLU Jazz+ led by top musicians