Dear Summit County leaders,

Hundreds of individuals and community organizations continue the work of implementing our community's 10 priorities inside the Cultural Plan. These partners, with support and leadership from ArtsNow, are implementing, exploring, expanding, and promoting the vision for our community.

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Key Highlights to Celebrate

DEIA Advisory Committee Theatre Project

Summit County's arts and culture sector now has a dedicated advisory board committed to championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across the creative sector. Read more.

Priority: Equity + Talent + Accessibility + Connections

EY Office Celebrates Local Artists

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US), who recently unveiled its new offices in Akron’s East End celebrated local artists of color thanks to a curation team local mother-daughter artists April and Alexandria Couch and the owner of Hazel Tree Design Studio, Karen Starr. Read more.

Priority: Economic Impact + Talent + Equity

Akron Black Artist Guild 

The growing Akron Black Artist Guild continues to provide resources, connections, and events in the community, a special town hall event to share stories of how race has impacted the artistic journey. Read more.

Priority: Equity + Talent + Resources

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Watch a short snippet from Howard Parr's commentary at the recent Arts Alive Award celebration with Summit ArtSpace.

Quick Numbers to Know

$4.1 Million

equals the arts and cultural-related economic activity in the Akron MSA

300,000 Ohioans

were employed by the creative industries generating $4.5 billion in local, state, and federal taxes before COVID-19.


of jobs in Ohio’s creative economy were lost in 2020.
(That’s more than 80,000 jobs lost)

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EquityAccessibility • EducationTalentEngagementResourcesConnectionsEconomic ImpactPlacemakingPublic Art

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