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04/03/2022
April 2022 - Around Akron with Blue Green

Be sure to watch Around Akron with Blue Green on Monday, April the 18th at 5pm on PBS Western Reserve. This month Blue visits with Akron Promise, A Walk in the Park Café, American Red Cross of Northern Ohio, and Peanut Shoppe of Akron.

The 56th episode marks the sixth year kick-off for Around Akron with Blue Green on PBS Western Reserve. The O'Neil House...
10/19/2021
Around Akron with Blue Green: October 2021

The 56th episode marks the sixth year kick-off for Around Akron with Blue Green on PBS Western Reserve. The O'Neil House Bed & Breakfast, Save The Keyser-Swain Farmhouse, Detention Live, and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Learn about architectural treasure The O’Neil House Bed and Breakfast in Akron. In Cuyahoga Falls, the organization Friends of Keyser-Swain Farmhouse strives...

**** Crafty Mart To Award $2000 to Handmade Business Owner at 2021 Creative Catapult****-- Crafty Mart, a local nonprofi...
10/07/2021

**** Crafty Mart To Award $2000 to Handmade Business Owner at 2021 Creative Catapult****
-- Crafty Mart, a local nonprofit that serves and empowers artists, makers, and artisans in the greater Akron area, has announced the 2021 Creative Catapult on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Signal Tree Event Space in Bounce Innovation Hub, at 526 S. Main St. in downtown Akron. At Creative Catapult, three local artists will compete for a chance to win a $2,000 grant for their business. Each artist will prepare a pitch and a display of their handmade goods so attendees can review their work and vote for their favorite.

Creative Catapult is part of the Maker Sessions, Crafty Mart’s one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial curriculum for creative small businesses, funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Every maker who completes the Master Track of the Maker Sessions has the opportunity to participate in Creative Catapult. This year’s Creative Catapult will feature three artists: Black Culture Candles, small-batch, hand-poured candles that honor the culture and legacy of the experiences that unite us and celebrate Black joy through scent; Blue Door Atelier, intuitive art that creates joyful, adventurous experiences for adults and children; and P31 Art & Design LLC, hand-painted canvases and items to build networks that last a lifetime and inspire others to a life of grace and good works.

“These makers have worked so hard to get to this point, and Crafty Mart is thrilled to give them this opportunity to advance their small business,” said Marissa McClellan, Executive Director, Crafty Mart. “After last year’s virtual event, we are so excited to gather in person again and connect our makers with community members who are passionate about supporting entrepreneurship and the arts here in Akron.”

Past winners of Creative Catapult include Dough House Cookies, Broke -N-Bored Concepts, and Julia Belle’s Seasonings. General admission tickets are $50, which includes admission to the event, dinner, and a box with products from each maker. VIP tickets are $75, which includes admission to the event, dinner, a box with products from each maker, champagne, and open bar. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/6864192513606511/.

The July episode of Around Akron with Blue Green is now on PBS Western Reserve YouTube page.
07/14/2021
Around Akron with Blue Green: July 2021

The July episode of Around Akron with Blue Green is now on PBS Western Reserve YouTube page.

Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, is considered one of the finest outdoor music venues in the country. Host Blue Green takes ...

07/08/2021
July 2021 Episode of Around Akron with Blue Green

The July episode of Around Akron with Blue Green on PBS Western Reserve premieres Wednesday 7/14 at 4:30PM. Blossom Music Center, The Cleveland Orchestra, Bounce Innovation Hub, Hale Farm & Village, and much more!

sip.savor.soul will offer a comprehensive wine experience this Thursday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Bounce Innovation Hub. ...
06/28/2021

sip.savor.soul will offer a comprehensive wine experience this Thursday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Bounce Innovation Hub. To sign up, visit sipsavorsoul.com/classes.

06/18/2021

Congrats to this year's Arts Alive winners, and thanks to Summit Artspace for highlighting these talented individuals.

Join sip.savor.soul for a comprehensive wine experience, from learning how it's produced to how to purchase and pair wit...
06/15/2021

Join sip.savor.soul for a comprehensive wine experience, from learning how it's produced to how to purchase and pair with food. "It's a Wine Thang: An Introduction to Wine," takes place Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Bounce Innovation Hub. To sign up, visit sipsavorsoul.com/classes.

Check out Curated Storefront's brand new exhibit, Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders, at 156 S Main St., now through Augu...
06/01/2021

Check out Curated Storefront's brand new exhibit, Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders, at 156 S Main St., now through August. Gallery hours are in the graphic.

Feel free to stop by, no tickets needed! Open through August! Correction: We are actually open 12-8 PM on Friday & Saturday!

05/12/2021

The May episode of Around Akron with Blue Green premiers this Saturday the 15th at noon on PBS Western Reserve. This month Blue visits with photographer Thomas Skala, Ohio Tea Lady, Irie Jamaican Kitchen in Highland Square, and West Hill Hardware.

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Buy One Ticket, Get One Free to see the world premiere of Monica Bill Barnes, The Running Show, at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall this Saturday, Sept. 25th at 7:30 pm presented by DANCECleveland & The University of Akron’s Dance Program.

Choreographed by New York-based, Monica Bill Barnes and written by Robbie Saenz de Viteri, The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews and stories. Combining humor, voiceovers of aspiring young dancers and modern movement, the performance features Monica Bill Barnes on stage alongside The University of Akron's Dance Department dancers in a full length evening work you won’t want to miss. Full of wit, grit and contemporary movement, the audience will get an unprecedented look into the life of a dancer as a new kind of sports hero, that keeps moving against all odds.
Tickets at dancecleveland.org or call 330-972-7570.
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Buy One Ticket, Get One Free to see the world premiere of Monica Bill Barnes, The Running Show, at The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall this Saturday, Sept. 25th at 7:30 pm presented by DANCECleveland & The University of Akron’s Dance Program.

Choreographed by New York-based, Monica Bill Barnes and written by Robbie Saenz de Viteri, The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews and stories. Combining humor, voiceovers of aspiring young dancers and modern movement, the performance features Monica Bill Barnes on stage alongside The University of Akron's Dance Department dancers in a full length evening work you won’t want to miss. Full of wit, grit and contemporary movement, the audience will get an unprecedented look into the life of a dancer as a new kind of sports hero, that keeps moving against all odds.
Tickets at dancecleveland.org or call 330-972-7570.
The University of Akron's Office of Inclusion and Equity and Rethinking Race cordially invites you to register for The University of Akron's 2021 Black Male Summit! The 2021 Black Male Summit will be held on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. It is VIRTUAL -AND- FREE!

The Black Male Summit focuses on cradle-to-career success for African-American males with a robust focus on improving access, educational opportunities, improving retention, and leveraging networks in education, business and beyond. All are welcome, especially college-age Black Males, other men of color, women of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and friends and allies of any underserved populations.

The Office of Inclusion and Equity and Rethinking Race are hosting Cornel West thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Knight Foundation.

Please see the attached website for information and to register for the event! Please share with any friend/family and/or community members who may be interested in registering/attending as well!

REGISTER NOW. REGISTRATION IS ONLY OPEN ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS!

uakron.edu/bms
CALL FOR ARTISTS | DEADLINES
SUMMIT ARTSPACE ON EAST MARKET
Call deadlines for two visual arts shows about or by women and those identifying as female are almost here, midnight, July 27, 2020, during this time of reflecting on the 19th Amendment centennial but looking to the future. All juried. The shows will open to in-person visitors late August 2020. For more information and to submit your art, go to: https://www.summitartspace.org/call-for-artists-2 The Akronist The Devil Strip The Portager Ohio Poetry Association
Okay, I am just gonna say it..

OUR WORLD IS GOING TO S**T.

When I was growing up, I was taught to love thy neighbor, even if they dont love you. I was raised in a world where racism wasn't a thing, people weren't getting killed left and right, the cops were there to HELP you, drugs were never around, and you could play outside without being afraid that you may never come back.

Now, I am constantly looking over my shoulder, afraid that if something were to happen, calling the police would just make it worse. I dread phone calls about another loved one overdosing, or being shot and killed over absolutely nothing. I'm afraid for not only my life, but every person around me.

I love my crazy biracial family, and I would be devastated if something happened to them. I pray that one day WE come together as one, and put an end to all of this violence.
Today we celebrate Chris Miller, our communications and community investment officer, for the decade of service he has provided to Akron Community Foundation. In his role, Chris provides vital services to both our marketing and community investment office and acts as a key storyteller for the nonprofits in our community, as well as the generous donors who give to them. You can see his work in our magazine The Signal, on our website, in many of our videos that he also shoots and produces, and throughout our various social media channels. Chris is the go-to staff member when we need technology advice or want to know about the best upcoming events (though sadly, not this year).

Chris is well known for his involvement in the arts community and can be seen at most local festivals, sometimes even performing with the Rubber City Ukes. He was instrumental in bringing outdoor movies to Glendale Cemetery and founded The Akronist, a news site that has highlighted the good works of our local nonprofits for nearly a decade.

Thank you, Chris, for your collaborative approach and for making Akron Community Foundation stronger. Happy 10th anniversary!
We love the Akron Civic Theatre and The Akronist! ♥️
Brilliant idea ! Massive pool of college students (stuck at home) connected with a massive pool of K-12 students (stuck at home), and a large (and growing) number of parents increasingly frustrated with juggling WFM and teaching their kids.

Way to go University of Akron !

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Graduate Assistant Tessa Gaffney had the opportunity to speak with Wendy S. Duke, who holds a B.A. and M.A. in Theatre Arts from The University of Akron, and recently appeared in our Spring Main Stage production of "Richard III." Check out this The Akronist article to learn about her artistic journey and stay tuned for future interviews of notable alumni!
We are goin' at in a BIG VIRTUAL WAY today for 's first Virtual Akron Artwalk...You'll see what's up with phenom April Nicholson-Couch of Totally Tangled Creations: By April Nicholson-Couch. Check in on our pages at Summit Artspace Downtown Akron Artwalk or our Instagram starting at 5:30. Artist demos, interviews, pop-ups, art from Artwalk partners. They'll be open for online biz. Also, unveiling of our virtual art shows that were interrupted by social distancing, Whether to Weather Virtual Art Exhibit Opens and Boschian: Beautifully Bizarre Virtual Art Exhibit Opens summitartspace.org Downtown Akron Partnership Jilly's Music Room The Devil Strip ArtsNow County of Summit Executive Ilene Shapiro City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office Zeber-Martell Studio and Gallery Sweet Modern Northside Cellar Summit Artspace Tenants and Staff The Akronist
Stay home and take care! 🌅



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Can’t wait, The Akronist, to share your piece on the amazing Jennifer Worden, whose studio is in .
Thanks to The Akronist for recognizing the Akron Children's Museum as a welcome hub for learning and play for local children and their families. You are right, the museum has a busy year ahead, from Akron KidsFest to summer camps, STEAM learning programs and a proposed expansion. So many options for all who like to learn through play! Read more here: https://akronist.com/akron-childrens-museum-becomes-home-base-for-area-families-plans-expansion-for-steam-learning/
WE INTERRUPT YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO BRING YOU THIS NEWS: DJ Ace Epps will be creating the musical soundtrack for the Opening Night! Embracing Heritage Juried Art Exhibition at on East Market tonight, 4-7 p.m. Be there to experience art from AHHHH mazing local creatives that celebrates African American heritage and the cultural impact. Free admission. OH, and did we say there will be apps/snack/nibbles/refreshments! Find your way summitartpace.org/plan-your-visit The Akronist ArtsNow Downtown Akron Partnership The Devil Strip Akron Urban League
Coming this Saturday, February 15: Third Annual Flannel Fest in support of Art Bomb Brigade! Get tickets in Folk Hall TODAY and Wednesday, February 12 from 11:15 am-1:45 pm OR get tickets at the door. Check out some local coverage of the event from our friends at The Akronist!

https://akronist.com/akron-art-bomb-brigade-hosts-3rd-annual-flannel-fest-feb-15/
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