Dear Summit County leaders,

Every quarter, ArtsNow provides elected officials, community leaders, and partners an update on the implementation of the Cultural Plan. We hope these updates will inspire and energize you as we continue to benchmark progress, but we also ask you to consider a few ways you can leverage these updates for your staff and audiences. A few ways to make this happen:

1) Print the attached one-pager to share with colleagues at team meetings, board members, or on the bulletin board by the coffee machine.

2.) Share a video or blog update in your newsletter or on social media. (Just let us know how you need the files and we'll make it happen!)

3.) And finally, with hundreds of individuals and organizations working to advance the 10 priorities, there is far more happening than we could fit into a newsletter, so always feel free to reach out to Nicole Mullet at 330-203-1606 or for a conversation about priorities and efforts that are core to your work or interests.

Join us as we celebrate the connective power of arts, culture, and the environment Summit County!

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SAVE THE DATE: State of the Arts on December 9, 2021
Join Akron Roundtable as ArtsNow's Nicole Mullet shares an update on the work inspired by the cultural plan and its role in attracting and retaining talent, engaging our kids and helping them to succeed, driving economic investment, and ensuring residents of all ages and backgrounds are helping to co-create our future. Learn more and register here.
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Key Highlights to Celebrate

EY Celebrates Artists of Color

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) recently unveiled its new offices in the East End and thoughtfully curated the new space with art from Akron-based Black creatives. Watch the video >

Priority: Equity + Economic Impact

Akron's First Latin American Festival 

Last month marked the city’s first annual Latin American Festival. Meet Rita Aggerwal, co-director of Proyecto RAICES, who helped to organize the festival designed to celebrate and connect neighbors to Latin American culture in Akron. Watch the video >

Priority: Equity + Engagement

Placemaking with Peter Jones

Artist Peter Jones (Seneca/Onondaga) returned to Akron last month to kick-off a new project with the City of Cuyahoga Falls. Explore his career, connection to our region, and his insights into honoring Native American culture. Watch the video > 

Priority: Talent + Placemaking

The Art of P.R. Miller

From July to September 2021, Summit ArtSpace featured "Present and Retro," an exhibition featuring legendary Akron artist P.R. Miller. His work has inspired generations of Akron artists. Watch the interview with P.R. >

Priority: Talent

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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)

76% of workers

polled in Citrix’s Work 2035 project believe that employees will be more likely to prioritize lifestyle over proximity to work and will pursue jobs in locations that provide out-of-work experiences and entertainment—even if it means taking a pay cut.

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