To create the Knight Akron Dance Fund, to support artistic excellence and innovation in dance through the establishment of a national center for choreography located on the University of Akron campus.
For the "Create A Masterpiece" campaign, to expand the Akron Art Museum, enlarge its endowment, and name the new building in honor of John S. and James L. Knight
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.
To support groundbreaking exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum as it transitions to new leadership and strives to become a model for small to mid-sized art museums, and to further the Museum's audience engagement mission.
To produce at least 110 intergenerational, non-commercial programs per year ranging from intimate cabaret-style concerts to multi-day performances.
To develop a series of shared community experiences that serve as a focal point for all including performances and learning opportunities for area youth.
To provide extensive arts training for African American youth in Akron through the YEPAW Summer Intensive, a performing arts training program at the Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW).
To expand Tuesday Musical's Artist in Residence program allowing members of the community to engage with visiting performers through workshops, lectures and intimate concerts.
To support strategic planning for the Akron Art Museum as it transitions to new leadership and strives to become a model for small to mid-sized art museums
To further establish Summit Artspace as a central and highly visible headquarters for arts and culture where artists and the public can interact and showcase the value of the arts to economic development and neighborhood revitalization
To produce and present George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess in a semi-staged performance in April 2011
Akron Soul Train - A Residential Artist Village: Supporting the work of grassroots artists by launching Akron Soul Train, a series of refurbished rail cars and shipping containers that will be turned into housing, galleries and studio space