The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced $6 million in funding in support of the arts in Akron, Ohio.
The awards include grants totaling $3 million to the city's arts institutions to help broaden their reach and better engage audiences, and $3 million to launch a Knight Arts Challenge in the community in 2015. Grants to institutions include awards of $500,000 to the Tuesday Musical Association to extend its artist-in-residence program; Akron Civic Theatre in support of its efforts to provide performance space to the city's small and midsize organizations; and the Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop in support of the organization's summer institute serving high school students of color. To run over three years, the Knight Arts Challenge in Akron will begin accepting applications in the summer of 2015.
"The arts inspire and challenge us; they make us better, more open and creative. Importantly for our work in communities, our surveys show the arts are among the strongest connectors of people to place," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. "They bind people to one another and the places they live."