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Arts & Culture Grants

In 2018, we granted $616,000* to arts and culture programs throughout the community through our competitive grant program. Programs funded include Curated Storefront, a series of ongoing exhibitions that will revitalize unused storefronts in downtown Akron, and Crafty Mart, to support its Maker Sessions. 

  • Akron Art Museum, to support community engagement activities through exhibits, education, performances, health and wellness events, and outdoor programming in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, $60,000
  • Akron Civic Theatre, for community-based programming, free admission tickets for residents in need, and a planned restoration project -- including new performance space, staff offices and a new box office and elevator -- at the Akron Civic Theatre, $36,000
  • Akron Public Schools –Project Rise, to support Performing Arts Can Teach (PACT), a theater-based enrichment program for Akron Public Schools students experiencing homelessness, $11,000
  • Akron Soul Train, to support fellowships for local artists, including exhibitions of their work, $5,000
  • Akron Symphony, to support music education and outreach, including Concerts for Kids, Gospel Meets Symphony and Akron Youth Symphony, $16,000
  • Apollo's Fire the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, to support concerts and programs for the 2018-19 season, including the Community Access Initiative, which offers discounted and free tickets to community members, $10,000 
  • Art Sparks, for Dynamite Duos, a peer-based dance and music program for Akron Public Schools students with developmental disabilities, $7,000
  • Artists of Rubber City, to provide resources for local visual artists, including gallery exhibits, educational workshops and networking events, $2,000 
  • Arts Now, to advance Summit County's arts and culture sector through events, partnerships and advocacy, $10,000
  • Ballet Excel Ohio, to support Reach Out and Dance, a 25-week program that provides free dance instruction to elementary and middle school special education students in Akron Public Schools, $5,500
  • Ballet Theatre of Ohio, to support “Take Me Out to the Ballet,” a partnership with Akron Public Schools that brings grade school students to an in-theater performance of “The Nutcracker,” $6,000 
  • BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation, to support the Master Class Program, which includes live performances from jazz masters and educational experiences for students, $6,000
  • Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture, to support performances, workshops and educational activities during the Balch Street Theatre’s 2018-19 season, $5,000 
  • Children’s Concert Society, for the Akron Public Schools In-School Concert Series, which brings live concert experiences of culturally diverse music to students in an informal, hands-on setting, $12,000
  • City of Akron, for the annual Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, which offers free dance performances in Akron parks, $50,000 
  • Crafty Mart, to support the Maker Sessions Entrepreneurial Curriculum, which connects artists and creative business people to resources in the community through panel discussions, workshops and networking, $3,000 
  • Crossroads Writers Conference, to support a writers conference in Akron, where national, regional and local writing professionals can connect, $5,000 
  • The Curated Storefront, to support window art displays in vacant street-level buildings in downtown Akron, $5,000 
  • DANCECleveland, to bring modern dance company Abraham.In.Motion to Akron for an educational residency program and performance, $10,000 
  • ETC All American Youth Show Choir Inc., for the 2018 ETC Summer Show Choir Camp, a free five-day performance camp for 70 low-income middle school students, $1,000 
  • Friends of 91.3, to support radio station operations and community service programs, $12,500
  • Girls Rock Camp Akron, for a weeklong music experience for Summit County girls ages 10-16, including forming a band, writing songs and performing at the Akron Civic Theatre, $1,500
  • GroundWorks DanceTheater, to support performances and outreach, including free workshops for young dancers, community and school performances, and 20th anniversary programming, $10,000 
  • Himalayan Music Academy, for operating support, including music, dance and language classes for community members, and for the North Hill Music Festival, $3,000 
  • The Illusion Factory, to support free children’s theater performances for Akron Public Schools students in kindergarten through eighth grade, $9,000 
  • Keepers of the Art, to support the Hip-Hop Preservation Project, which features concerts, lectures, films, discussions, workshops and exhibits that counteract the commercialization of hip-hop music, $10,000
  • Les Délices, for the Experience Early Music in Akron program, a four-part chamber music concert series that includes community outreach performances for at-risk children and adults, $2,000 
  • Magical Theatre Company, for operating support, including resident performances, a children’s script-writing program, touring plays and educational programs, $12,500 
  • Master Singers Inc., to support performance costs for the all-volunteer chorale’s 2017 concert season, $5,000
  • Ma'Sue Productions, to support in-school and public performances of “Or Does It Explode?”, a show about the experiences of young African-American men in the 21st century, $2,500 
  • Miami Foundation Inc., to support a mural project in the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services building in downtown Akron, $5,000 

  • Music from The Western Reserve, for operating support, including a six-concert music series in Hudson featuring Northeast Ohio musicians, $2,000 

  • The Musical Arts Association, to support Blossom Music Festival’s 50th anniversary with 19 family-friendly and classical programs throughout the summer, $36,000 
  • The Musical Theater Project, for the Kids Love Musicals! program, which brings musical theater-based programming to special education and traditional Akron Public Schools classrooms, $8,500 
  • National Center for Choreography, to support dance research and development through residencies, guest artists and inclusive community programming, $10,000 
  • The Nightlight Cinema, to support independent and foreign language arthouse movies, $10,000 
  • None Too Fragile Theater, for the 2018 Off-Broadway Series, including support for “Boogieban,” a production about PTSD, $5,000 
  • Ohio Shakespeare Festival, to support the 2018-19 season, including outdoor Shakespeare performances at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and shows at Greystone Hall, $5,000 
  • Open Tone Music LLC, to support the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival, a free event that features local and national jazz performers in multiple venues throughout downtown Akron, $3,500 
  • Partners for Theater Inc., for Summit StageFest, an outdoor theater festival in Akron's Highland Square neighborhood, $3,000 
  • Rubber City Theatre, to support the 2018-19 season, including plays by Shakespeare and other classic playwrights, workshops, educational experiences, and “pay as you like it” performances for residents, $5,000 
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, for operating support for the historic estate, as well as educational, cultural and recreational programs, $45,000 
  • Summit Artspace, for operating support, including exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists, $25,000 
  • Summit Choral Society, to support musical training for children and adults, including the Children's Choir and Choral Scholars programs, $15,000
  • Summit County Historical Society of Akron, Ohio, for operating support for the John Brown House and Perkins Stone Mansion, $21,000 
  • Tuesday Musical Association, to support the 2018-19 season’s opening concert with pianist Joyce Yang, along with an artist talk and local school visits, $15,000 
  • Verb Ballets, for Summit County performances and outreach, including the creation of “The Jungle Book” children’s ballet, $7,500 
  • Weathervane Community Playhouse, to support the 2018-19 season, including six main stage shows, special events and classes, $10,000 
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, to support hands-on educational programming at the historic Hale Farm and Village, $21,000 
  • Western Reserve Public Media, for cultural arts and performance programming on Western Reserve PBS, including local shows, concerts and art-related documentaries, $15,000 
  • Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop, for operational support, including a summer residential workshop for students and a year-round leadership academy, $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.