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High Arts Festival High Arts Festival concluded its run in 2017. As a recent recipient of a John S. and James L. Knight Arts Challenge grant, Akron Art Prize will be transformed into the High Arts Festival in 2017 and will add music and film categories in addition to visual art.

This year's event runs Sept. 15-Oct. 7 with a finale reception and awards presentation at the Akron Art Museum. The High Arts Festival app will be available from the Google Play Store/iTunes Store in September. Through the app, you can register to vote, explore all of the entries and vote on your favorite art, music and film throughout the event. The High Arts Festival will elevate the artistic ex

This year's event runs Sept. 15-Oct. 7 with a finale reception and awards presentation at the Akron Art Museum. The High Arts Festival app will be available from the Google Play Store/iTunes Store in September. Through the app, you can register to vote, explore all of the entries and vote on your favorite art, music and film throughout the event. The High Arts Festival will elevate the artistic ex

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**CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS**The organizing committee of the 12th annual @Rethinking Race forum at The University of Akron co...
11/22/2019
Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond : The University of Akron

**CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS**
The organizing committee of the 12th annual @Rethinking Race forum at The University of Akron cordially invites submissions for the Rethinking Race Film Festival. For more information visit https://www.uakron.edu/race/ or click here for the submission requirements:https://www.downtownakron.com/_files/docs/call-for-submissions_rethinking-race.pdf

Rethinking Race-The University of Akron

Each February, The University of Akron provides a forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood. The series offers both the University and Northeast Ohio community the opportunity to hear and share a wide variety of viewpoints.

Calling all emerging filmmakers and film enthusiasts! Come to the Sundance Film Festival Fiction Filmmaking And Producin...
09/11/2019

Calling all emerging filmmakers and film enthusiasts! Come to the Sundance Film Festival Fiction Filmmaking And Producing Session: Akron on Sept. 21.

Join in for a free day of conversations about career-building in independent film at the Akron Art Museum.

RSVP at fictionfilmmakingandproducing.splashthat.com/DowntownAkron

This event is supported by Knight Foundation.

The BOX Gallery inside Summit Artspace is proud to present ArtPrize in the BOX Sept. 13-Oct. 5. The exhibit is free and ...
09/09/2019

The BOX Gallery inside Summit Artspace is proud to present ArtPrize in the BOX Sept. 13-Oct. 5. The exhibit is free and open to all.

ArtPrize in the BOX is an all-media show with 70 works of art by 45 artists. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m.

Juror John Sokol will select first, second and third prize winners and the public will select a people’s choice award. Awards will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 5

Extended hours: Thurs/Fri, 12-7 p.m., Sat, 12-5 p.m., 3rd Thursday (Sept. 19, 4-7 p.m.) and the Akron Artwalk (Oct. 5, 5-9 p.m.)

Here's an exciting offer for artists from Akron Soul Train. Be sure to reach out to them if interested in this upcoming ...
08/28/2019
Apply for Residency

Here's an exciting offer for artists from Akron Soul Train. Be sure to reach out to them if interested in this upcoming opportunity.

Any artist who is able to travel to Akron to interface with our community for a public educational event and the final performance/exhibition will be considered for the residency. For example, artists that live in Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Columbus, or even farther, like Cincinnati, could consider th...

Here's a unique and interesting opportunity for local artists from our friends at Summit Artspace:Push open the gate to ...
08/09/2019

Here's a unique and interesting opportunity for local artists from our friends at Summit Artspace:

Push open the gate to Poe's garden. There's no place more mysterious, more thrilling, more likely to cause an adrenaline rush of fear.

Here is the call to visual artists, poets and writers to help us envision unearthly places of the Gothic and grotesque, secret realms and dream futures of dread.

Find out more here: summitartspace.org/call-for-artists-2. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 23, 2019. There you will also find additional calls with deadlines coming up

Push open the gate to Poe's garden. There's no place more mysterious, more thrilling, more likely to cause an adrenaline rush of fear. Here is the call to visual artists, poets and writers to help us envision unearthly places of the Gothic and grotesque, secret realms and dream futures of dread. Find out more here about "Poe's Garden" visual art juried exhibit and literary competition: summitartspace.org/call-for-artists-2. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 23, 2019. There you will also find additional calls with deadlines coming up! Noor Hindi The Akronist The Devil Strip Ohio Poetry Association Wick Poetry Center Artists of Rubber City Rubber City Prints, Inc. Collide: Cuyahoga Falls ArtsNow Downtown Akron Partnership Medina County Arts Council Akron-Summit County Public Library Cuyahoga Falls Library Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Kent Free Library Reed Memorial Library Akron Soul Train Community Darkroom of Akron Emmanuel Christian Academy Chimmie Art

Call for artists! The Lockview is looking for up to three artists for installation on their restaurant wall.  Interested...
05/02/2019

Call for artists! The Lockview is looking for up to three artists for installation on their restaurant wall.

Interested? Email [email protected] with photos of your work. Artwork not to exceed 3'x3'.

Call for Artist! We are currently accepting installations for our walls, please send pictures to [email protected] Prefer a 3 Artist collaboration with artwork not to exceed 3‘ x 3‘ #art #localartist #akron #weird #artistsoninstagram

Wow! Check out The Devil Strip cover and in-depth interview with High Arts Fest artist, Alexandria Couch.The cover featu...
04/11/2019
Meet Alexandria Couch, a ‘neo-heritage’ painter - THE DEVIL STRIP

Wow! Check out The Devil Strip cover and in-depth interview with High Arts Fest artist, Alexandria Couch.

The cover features "Embody" which was the 2D runner up winner in the visual art category for the 2018 event.

See it in person at the Mustard Seed Market in Highland Square.

by Rosalie Murphy Alex Couch is busy. When we meet in the lobby at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, the printmaking/painting and drawing reaches out for a handshake, noting that yes, there’s paint on her hand, but it’s dry. Alex created “Embody,” which is on our cover this mo...

Know of a High Arts Festival artist that this might apply to? Consider a nomination for Summit Artspace's 2019 Arts Aliv...
03/28/2019

Know of a High Arts Festival artist that this might apply to? Consider a nomination for Summit Artspace's 2019 Arts Alive awards.

Do you know an artist that has made a significant impact on the local arts and culture scene? Consider nominating him or her for Summit Artspace #ArtsAlive2019.

There are many categories to choose from and the deadline to nominate is May 1. Find more details at https://www.summitartspace.org/nominations/

Thank you for being part of Akron Art Prize and the High Arts Festival.Downtown Akron Partnership is honored to have ded...
03/12/2019

Thank you for being part of Akron Art Prize and the High Arts Festival.

Downtown Akron Partnership is honored to have dedicated efforts throughout the past seven years to support the growth of local artists and downtown as a hub for arts and culture in our region. Through Akron Art Prize and the High Arts Festival efforts, nearly 1,200 artists showcased their craft among more than 34,000 people, and $114,000 was awarded in prize money to help support local artists. We are grateful for the support of Peg’s Foundation, who has been our valued partner since the inception of Akron Art Prize and to Summit Artspace, The Nightlight, Jilly's Music Room, Zeber-Martell Studio and Gallery and the venue owners, operators and volunteers who helped make every event successful. We are also grateful to Burton D. Morgan Foundation for their support and to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Knight Foundation) for supporting the expansion of the festival to include musicians, filmmakers and literary artists.

While we will no longer host the High Arts Festival, Downtown Akron Partnership will continue to support and promote the art institutions and organizations who are working to build and strengthen the arts community in Akron. We have enjoyed the opportunity to connect with local artists, art venues and art supporters and look forward to expanding those connections beyond the parameters of the festival itself.

Thank you for making the High Arts Festival and Akron Art Prize events successful. We look forward to our next partnership together.

Questions regarding the conclusion of the High Arts Festival can be sent to [email protected].

High Arts Fest musical performer Uno Lady, who was also Akron Soul Train's November artist-in-residence, is hosting a fr...
01/29/2019

High Arts Fest musical performer Uno Lady, who was also Akron Soul Train's November artist-in-residence, is hosting a free performance on Feb. 8 from 7-10 p.m. at Akron Recording Company.

The performance is free and open to the public. Hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Akron Recording Company | 243 Furnace St suite B Akron, OH 44304

photo by John R. Aylward Photography.

From 3rd Thursdays, public space lifts at Northside, N. High St. and Lock 3, roller dance parties, yoga and Zumba on Cas...
01/01/2019

From 3rd Thursdays, public space lifts at Northside, N. High St. and Lock 3, roller dance parties, yoga and Zumba on Cascade Plaza, to lunchtime concerts, Green & Clean, High Arts Festival and Gilmore Girls day, we've had quite a year in downtown Akron!

Thank you for your support of these events and activities and DAP wishes you all the best in 2019.

We had a great time celebrating the High Arts Festival winners one more time at Summit Artspace during 3rd Thursday. Che...
12/28/2018

We had a great time celebrating the High Arts Festival winners one more time at Summit Artspace during 3rd Thursday. Check out photos from the evening from the new gallery on Akronstock.com. http://ow.ly/nnmz30n7Ule

Photos by John R. Aylward Photography. (please credit if you use these photos).

Thank you to all who attended the High Arts Festival showcase last night at Summit Artspace. We enjoyed experiencing the...
12/21/2018

Thank you to all who attended the High Arts Festival showcase last night at Summit Artspace. We enjoyed experiencing the winning entries in visual art, film, music and literary art one more time.

Photos by John R. Aylward Photography

The High Arts visual art wining entries are displayed in the Welcome Gallery at Summit Artspace during tonight’s 3rd Thu...
12/20/2018

The High Arts visual art wining entries are displayed in the Welcome Gallery at Summit Artspace during tonight’s 3rd Thursday and through Dec. 29.

Here it is! The High Arts Festival 2018 photo gallery on www.akronstock.com. From opening night to the festival weekends...
11/02/2018
High Arts Festival 2018 - Images | AkronStock

Here it is! The High Arts Festival 2018 photo gallery on www.akronstock.com.

From opening night to the festival weekends and finale celebration, our event photographer, John R. Aylward Photography captured it all.

Artists, venues, volunteers, etc. are welcome to use these for promotional use, but please credit John as indicated in the copyright field of the images. 😀

http://ow.ly/USI730mtoIA

High Arts Fest is thrilled to just be mentioned with these amazing art and music experiences in Akron by Lonely Planet, ...
11/01/2018
Under the radar USA: music and art in Akron Ohio

High Arts Fest is thrilled to just be mentioned with these amazing art and music experiences in Akron by Lonely Planet, one of the world’s largest travel guide companies. Be sure to check out all that downtown has to offer!

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/great-lakes/ohio/travel-tips-and-articles/under-the-radar-usa-music-murals-and-museums-in-akron-ohio/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d2757c30

You’re never far from a live performance, gallery or public art installation in Akron, Ohio, a former industrial city with a decidedly creative vibe.

Day 2 of the #HighArtsFest trip to Chicago included visits with Chicago Public Art Group and Stoney Island Arts Bank. Th...
10/27/2018

Day 2 of the #HighArtsFest trip to Chicago included visits with Chicago Public Art Group and Stoney Island Arts Bank. Thank you for wonderful tours and insights.

And thank you to a wonderful group of artists who joined us on this adventure!

#knightcities | Knight Foundation | Peg’s Foundation | Ohio Arts Council | Akron Civic Commons

Day 1 of #HighArtsFest winners trip we explored the Chicago scene with an architectural walking tour, visit to the Chica...
10/26/2018

Day 1 of #HighArtsFest winners trip we explored the Chicago scene with an architectural walking tour, visit to the Chicago Cultural Center and of course, The Bean!

High Art hits Chicago! Staff, coordinators and grand prize winners are ready to explore the arts scene over the next two...
10/25/2018

High Art hits Chicago! Staff, coordinators and grand prize winners are ready to explore the arts scene over the next two days. But first, deep dish 🍕.

Whether you were a participating artist (visual, film, literary, music) or attended the festival to view, vote and enjoy...
10/19/2018

Whether you were a participating artist (visual, film, literary, music) or attended the festival to view, vote and enjoy the entries, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete our survey and let us know your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

The survey closes on Tuesday, Oct. 23 - www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTQVY3B

10/17/2018
Ep 36 - EPLORING PUBLIC ART in Akron!! Check out just a little of the awesome!!

Check out this awesome vlog from todd v on exploring public art in downtown Akron, including the creation of the Boa Mistura "Never Turn Back" project installed as part of this year's High Arts Festival.

Be sure you get out and explore the wondering art offerings from the Northside to The University of Akron.

We had a great time celebrating High Arts Fest musical performances and announcing this year's winners. Congratulations ...
10/16/2018

We had a great time celebrating High Arts Fest musical performances and announcing this year's winners. Congratulations to all and thank you for being a part of this year's festival.

Watch for an announcement later this week for all photos being released on Akronstock.

Photos by John R. Aylward Photography

RUNNER UP SPOTLIGHTCongratulations to Alexandria Couch for being named the public choice 2-D runner up winner in visual ...
10/12/2018

RUNNER UP SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to Alexandria Couch for being named the public choice 2-D runner up winner in visual art for her work, "Embody."

Learn more about Alexandria and her award-winning entry at https://higharts.org/arts/embody/3753/c88/

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As a recent recipient of a John S. and James L. Knight Arts Challenge grant, Akron Art Prize was transformed into the High Arts Festival and added music, literary art and film categories in addition to visual art. This year's event runs Sept. 14-Oct. 6 with a finale reception and awards presentation at an outdoor stage in the Historic Arts District, behind Blu Jazz+ The High Arts Festival app is available for free from the Google Play Store/iTunes Store. Through the app, you can register to vote, explore all of the entries and vote on your favorite art, film, literary submission and music throughout the event. The High Arts Festival will elevate the artistic excellence of the arts community through peer-to-peer assessment, connect new audiences to local art and individual artists, and increase the awareness of the vibrant artistic hub that exists in downtown Akron. The event continues to be sponsored by Peg’s Foundation and coordinated by Downtown Akron Partnership. Additional support is provided by Ohio Arts Council.

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What a great time we had in downtown Akron during the 2018 High Arts Festival. (Sept. 14-Oct. 6) Relive all of your favorite moments through our highlight video showcasing visual art, film, music and literary art along with great venues in the neighborhood.
Thanks for checking out the happening art and music scene in Akron, Lonely Planet! Shoutouts to: Curated Storefront | Lock 3 Akron, Ohio | Akron-Summit County Public Library | Art Bomb Brigade | Akron Art Museum | Summit Artspace | High Arts Festival | Akron Civic Theatre | E.J. Thomas Hall and UA Events | BLU Jazz+ | Musica | Jilly's Music Room | Courtyard by Marriott Akron Downtown | Northside District | Akron Historic Arts District | Luigi's Restaurant https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/great-lakes/ohio/travel-tips-and-articles/under-the-radar-usa-music-murals-and-museums-in-akron-ohio/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d2757c30
So many thanks to Downtown Akron Partnership, High Arts Festival and Kelli Fetter for a wonderful time in Chicago!!! We learned so much about the art and history of the city, we left inspired and proud to be recognized as artists. It was also refreshing to spend time with other Akron peeps who truly "get it." 🏙❤️🌆 #highartsfestival #chicago #theangiehazeproject #akron #ohio #akronohio #akronown #330 #akronmusic #akronmusicscene #ohiomusicscene #akronnightlife #livemusic #music #musician #musicianlife #singersongwriter #folk #blues #romani #tourlife #musiclife #grandprize
Congratulations to Myers student Alexandria Couch for winning runner-up alongside artist Tom Baldwin over the weekend at the High Arts Festival!
It's rain or shine for the #LTMteam. The stage, sound, and lighting are up and running and the finale to Akron's High Arts Festival is only a few hours away. Good luck to all of the participants in every category!
Hi, why isn't Simon Hunt on the app to vote ? I just watched him play and he was great.
When are the awards given ?
Rehearsing with Andre Frazier for the High Arts Fest on October 6th!!! Come out to the Maiden Lane Stage at 4pm and VOTE!!! #somanyarts #somuchtalent #somuchfun #highartsfestival #theangiehazeproject #akron #ohio #akronohio #akronown #330 #akronmusic #akronmusicscene #ohiomusicscene #akronnightlife #livemusic #music #musician #musicianlife #singersongwriter #folk #blues #romani #tourlife #musiclife #festival #drums #percussion High Arts Festival
Saturday at 5 pm, Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas will read at Uncorked Wine Bar as part of this year's High Arts Festival Literary Readings in Akron. He will be followed by Columbus poet Rikki Santer, whose new full-length poetry collection - Dodge, Tuck, Roll - will be released by Crisis Chronicles Press that very day. Then after Dave and Rikki, a whole lot of other great poets will share their work as the High Arts Festival continues. Come join us!
There's still time to get tickets for the Free Screening- American Movie TONIGHT at the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 7 p.m. as part of High Arts Festival film weekend. This cult classic documentary is one of the best films ever made about the passion and obsession it takes to, well, make films. Reserve tickets on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-screening-american-movie-tickets-49562479711?aff=ebapi or just drop in at the library auditorium.
Some Crisis Chronicles Press authors will be among the many fine poets sharing work at this year's High Arts Festival, September 29th in Akron. https://higharts.org/literary/