November 19, 2015 by Bahia Ramos and Kyle Kutuchief
Bahia Ramos is arts program director and Kyle Kutuchief is Akron program director at Knight Foundation. Photo: Ape, a screen printer coming to the 7th annual Crafty Mart; photo by Daniel Lozada.
This post has been updated to reflect that winners will be announced in March 2016.
Our first Knight Arts Challenge Akron launched just four short months ago, opening up opportunities for anyone with a great arts idea to make their contribution to the city’s cultural growth. Residents did not disappoint with their tremendous response. Today we’re excited to share the finalists of the inaugural Akron Knight Arts Challenge: 61 ideas, chosen from more than 540 submissions from neighborhoods across the Akron community and Northeast Ohio region.
The finalists represent a broad range of themes, and are all eager to build and strengthen the local arts ecosystem. Whether using Akron’s natural landscape as a canvas for visual art, or leveraging non-traditional spaces for sharing different artistic expressions, finalists are seeking to make high-quality arts experiences more widespread and put the arts at the top of everyone’s mind. The ideas reflect Akron’s diversity, imaginative thinking and desire to engage new audiences in the development of the region’s cultural voice.
We will announce the winners in March 2016, once the finalists’ proposals are reviewed by a panel of local artists and arts advocates. Please join me in congratulating the finalists, and thank you to all who submitted ideas. We are looking forward to celebrating with you in the spring.
Knight Arts Challenge Akron Finalists 2015
Akron Art Museum
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 Civic Theatre
Exploring the art of songwriting by hosting a weeklong summer songwriters workshop for Akron residents