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Arts & Culture Grants

In 2016, we granted $569,500* to arts and culture programs throughout the community through our competitive grant program. Programs funded include dance programs like the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, which brings free dance performances to local parks, as well as three recipients of the Knight Arts Challenge. 

  • Akron Area Arts Alliance, to implement improvements identified in the recent countywide arts assessment, including upgrading gallery and event spaces, promoting wider community use of the Summit Artspace building, and offering relevant programming to a greater range of ages and ethnicities, $15,000
  • Akron Art Museum, to provide operating support and enhanced programming, including events in the museum’s new public space, the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, $60,000
  • Akron Civic Theatre, to support the 2016-17 season of community-based and in-house programming, and for the All Access Program, which provides 6,000 free tickets for social service agencies to give to economically disadvantaged individuals and families, $30,000
  • Grant deadline

    Arts & Culture grant applications open online March 1 and are due by April 1. Preview the application questions.

  • Akron Creative Inc., to share experiences of The Nightlight’s cinemagoers and offer Skype-based question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers alongside movie screenings, $7,500
  • Akron Public Schools – Project RISE, for the Performing Arts Can Teach (PACT) program, which gives children and families who are experiencing homelessness access to musicals, plays and dance performances, $9,000
  • Akron Symphony, for a summer music camp, youth orchestra coaching, Concerts for Kids series, and the annual Gospel Meets Symphony production at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, $25,000
  • Akron Woman’s City Club/Coach House Theatre, to support 2016-17 programming, including free Elder Theatre productions for Akron-area senior citizens, $2,500
  • Apollo’s Fire, to support the 2016-17 season of baroque and crossover programming in Summit County, including concerts and pre-concert talks, and a new collaboration with the Akron Art Museum to offer concerts throughout the museum, $14,500
  • Art Sparks, to expand a dance-focused kindergarten readiness program in Summit County Head Start locations and a dance curriculum focused on health and self-confidence in Akron Public Schools, $7,500
  • ArtsNow, to build the arts and culture sector by connecting arts groups and individual artists to the broader community, $20,000
  • Ballet Excel Ohio, for the Reach Out and Dance program, which embeds professional dance instructors for year-long sessions, workshops and after-school classes in Akron Public Schools’ elementary and middle school classrooms, $5,000
  • Ballet Theatre of Ohio, for “Take Me Out to the Ballet,” a 16-year collaboration with Akron Public Schools to bring grade school students to an in-theater performance of “The Nutcracker,” $5,000
  • Big Love Network, for Akron City Repair, which will conduct creative placemaking projects, like public art and community gardens, in neighborhoods throughout Akron, $5,000
  • Cascade Locks Park Association, for the redevelopment of the Mustill Store Museum along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail north of downtown, $12,000
  • Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture, for performances, workshops and educational activities during the Balch Street Theatre’s 2016-17 season, $5,000
  • Central Summit County Choral Society, to support the Summit Children’s Choir, a vocal and musical education program for students in first through 12th grade, and for Masterworks Chorale, a multi-generational singing ensemble, $10,000
  • Children’s Concert Society, for the In-School Concert Series, which introduces more than 30,000 students to diverse types of live music, $10,000
  • City of Akron, for the annual Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, which offers free dance performances in Akron parks, $50,000
  • Crafty Mart, for Cottage Mart, a three-week pop-up market of local artisans using the cottages in Lock 3 during Winter Fest, $2,500
  • DANCECleveland, to bring the world-renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to Akron for a public performance and community residency that will feature company members in master and college classes, receptions, open rehearsals and more, $10,000
  • Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, for a ballroom dancing program for fifth- and eighth-grade students that teaches teamwork, self-confidence and respect, $5,000
  • Friends of 91.3, to continue the development and implementation of community-service programming, such as Rock and Recovery and KIDJAM!, as well as a new streaming channel, The 330, which will feature exclusively local and regional music, $12,500
  • GroundWorks Dance Theater, for Summit County performances at the Akron-Summit County Public Library and E.J. Thomas Hall; appearance at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival; educational programs for children; master classes; and other outreach activities, $10,000
  • The Illusion Factory, to support free theater productions in Akron-area schools, $10,000
  • Keepers of the Art Inc., for the 2016 Keepers of the Art Music Concert Series at the Akron Art Museum, $10,000
  • Longwood Manor Historical Society, to restore Longwood Manor in Macedonia and convert it into a historic museum, $3,000
  • Magical Theatre Company, to engage young people in theater through community-wide performances, student script writing, after-school and summer workshops, and interactive study guides, $12,500
  • Master Singers Inc., for the all-volunteer, non-audition chorale’s 2016 concert season, $5,000
  • The Musical Arts Association, to support the 2016 Blossom Music Festival & Sound for the Centennial Campaign, $35,000
  • The Musical Theater Project, for Kids Love Musicals!, a four-week in-school artist residency program for students in special education classrooms at Akron Public Schools, $5,000
  • None Too Fragile Theater, for its 2016 Off-Broadway series of plays, $5,000
  • Ohio Shakespeare Festival, for outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “Macbeth” at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, as well as an original play called “Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music,” $5,000
  • Open Tone Music LLC, for the Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival that will take place in downtown Akron in August, $3,000
  • RED Company real.edge.dance, to support the modern dance company’s sixth season of performances, $5,000
  • Rubber City Shakespeare Company, to engage local residents in classical theater through acting workshops and touring productions, $2,500
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, for general operations to help preserve and share the historic estate, which serves as a resource for educational, cultural and recreational enrichment, $40,000
  • Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio, to support the organization’s work in preserving and interpreting the history of Summit County and Akron, $20,000
  • Tuesday Musical Association, to support the 2016-17 main stage season opening-night concert featuring the Emerson String Quartet, $12,500
  • Urban Vision, for a free after-school ballet program that offers technique classes to elementary and middle school girls in North Hill, $3,000
  • Verb Ballets, for the company’s 30th anniversary performances, including the spring 2017 performance at Akron Civic Theatre, $5,000
  • Wandering Aesthetics, for “Bigger Than a Breadbox,” an open mic-style cabaret performance series that will tour neighborhoods throughout Akron with performances that reflect the uniqueness of each location, $5,000
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, for the 2016-17 season of plays, musicals and young actor productions, $10,000
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, to support educational programming at Hale Farm & Village, $10,000
  • Western Reserve Public Media, to support cultural arts and performance programming such as “Austin City Limits,” “Great Performances,” “Masterpiece” and “PBS Arts Showcase,” $15,000
  • Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop, to introduce minority youth to the arts through after-school, weekend and summer enrichment programs, $15,000
*Supplemented by donor-advised funding

Grant deadline

Arts & Culture grant applications open online March 1 and are due by April 1. Preview the application questions.