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June 30, 2021
Knight Arts Challenge
Knight will fund ideas from local artists and arts organizations who are asked to answer this question in 150 words or less: “What is your best idea for the arts in Akron?”  Apply by July 30th. Learn More>>
Cultural Plan Update 
The local arts community is well-positioned to tackle the challenge of re-creating its creative community as it comes out of the pandemic, according to Heather Meeker, executive director of Summit Artspace.  Watch video>>
Americans for the Arts recognizes that many existing systems of power grant privilege and access unequally, and that equity is crucial to the long-term viability of both the arts and culture sector and communities-at-large. Visit our Equity Resource Center.
The field of folk and traditional arts—that is, those that practice living traditions and the individuals and organizations that work in service of them—has always been a useful guide in navigating complex spaces of cultural identity. Read The State of Folk and Traditional Arts 2021.
Field News 
New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic 

Hybrid Auctions Are Now the Norm. Will Galleries Follow Suit?  -ARTnews
5 Tips for Creating a Floral Masterpiece 
Meet Christopher J. Prior, a floral artist whose work speaks for itself.  His skills were born out of a love for both art and nature. His background includes 37 years of floral design experience and a life-long love affair with fine art.  Learn More>>
the artist profile

"My work involves various female personas who are shaped by the impact of raunch culture and sinister humor which manifest themselves via costume construction, object making, documented performance, photographs and video installations." Learn more >>
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arts & culture patrons

"There are so many installations around Summit County that speak volumes about our history and our future and I am proud to be in the center of it daily, personally, and with my businesses."  Read more >>


ways to engage

Opening Weekend
Looking Glass Gifts and Gallery, a specialty fine craft gift-art gallery, will be opening its doors to the public for the first time July 4th weekend. It is located on Front Street in newly redeveloped downtown Cuyahoga Falls.
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Hot Glass Jam
Check out the Hot Glass Jam at Akron Glass Works on July 3rd and August 7th. Watch free glassblowing demonstrations, meet some local businesses and organizations, even make a glass flower during this safe, family friendly community event!  
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Akron Symphony Orchestra
The Outside Voices Concert Series focuses on the music of under-represented composers who are “outside” of the standard repertoire, along with numerous audience favorites.  Free admission on July 9th and 11th at Hale Farm and Village. Learn More>>
Fairy Days 
Visit Magical Meadow Market at Heritage Farms in Peninsula on July 17th or 18th from 10am to 4pm! Join Flitter the Fairy as she leads the costume parade for a Fairy Circle dance party. There will also be activities and crafts for kids!
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