Knight Foundation Announces Akron Arts Challenge Winners

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge Akron, the first such challenge hosted by the foundation's original hometown.

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 and totaling $1 million were awarded to twenty-seven arts groups, artists, and residents to strengthen their skills and promote artistic self-expression. Each recipient must secure funds to match the foundation's commitment.

Recipients include the Akron Civic Theater, which was awarded $18,000 to host a weeklong summer workshop for residents; the Center for Applied Drama and Autism, which will receive $12,000 to provide audiences with a theater experience that helps them understand what life for individuals on the autism spectrum is like; the Greater Akron Musical Association, which was awarded $7,000 to turn the Akron Symphony's garage bay into a stage for open-mic nights and jam sessions; and Kasota Artist Management, which will receive$150,000 to launch the Akron Soul Train, a series of refurbished rail cars and shipping containers that will be turned into housing, galleries and studio space for grassroots artists.

"Art can help define and lift the soul, helping to create a sense of place and binding us to each other and to our community," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibarg├╝en. "Here in Akron, where Knight Foundation was founded, our hope is that the arts will continue to build community, in neighborhoods all across the city."

For a complete list of the winners, visit the Knight Foundation website.

"27 Akron Arts Projects Win $1 Million in Knight Arts Challenge Akron." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 03/15/2016.