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Sixteen winners share $592,000 in Knight Arts Challenge Akron 2019

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 9/25/2019 By Robin Goist, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio – Sixteen artists and arts organizations in the Akron area have won a total of $592,000 in grants to fund projects through the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Akron.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation said this year’s winning projects will share stories from Akron’s diverse communities, help artists reach broader audiences and bring innovative arts experiences to the city.

“Akron exceeded our expectations with ideas that inspire and advance the city though the arts,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at the Knight Foundation. “The arts tell a city’s story, of the people and places that shape its identity. It’s clear from these sixteen winning projects that Akron has a lot to say.”

Akron is one of three cities, along with Detroit and Miami, where Knight is hosting an arts challenge this year. This is the fourth year of the Knight Arts Challenge in Akron, which awarded $2.7 million in grants for the first three arts challenges.

The arts-related projects must take place in or benefit Akron, and the grant recipient must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation’s award.

This year’s winners are:

Amber D. Kempthorn won $54,000 for “Ordinary Magic: A Sunday in the Cuyahoga Valley.” The stop-motion animated artwork celebrates the landscape of Akron and the Cuyahoga Valley set to Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes,” which will be screened with live accompaniment by the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

The Center for Applied Drama and Autism won $25,000 for “Along the Graveyard Path: A History of Disability in Our Community.” The dramatic performance is an example of theater created and performed by people of all abilities, and is intended to connect Akronites with the history of disability in the community.

The Center for Applied Theater and Active Culture (New World Performance Laboratory) and Jairo Cuesta won $6,000 for “Lost in Translation.” The performance is based on stories collected from local immigrants to engage the city’s Latinx community in a dialogue about culture, barriers, family and displacement.

Cir L’Bert Jr. won $60,000 for “Conjure Comics.” L’Bert will produce socially progressive comic books that focus on the experiences of people of color, indigenous communities, LGBTQI individuals and people with varying abilities.

FRONT Exhibition Company won $100,000 for “FRONT International Exhibitions and Installations in Akron.” In collaboration with Dansbana!, FRONT will install a dance floor in downtown Akron, and will engage with the community in the planning, design and activation of the space.

Gum-Dip Theatre won $25,000 for “Three Countries, One Mother.” The multilingual play explores Bhutanese-Nepali history and culture by following the journey of three brothers who live in Bhutan, Nepal and the United States.

Inlet Dance Theatre won $25,000 for phase two of “The ‘Black Card’ Project.” The project seeks to create a conversation about black identity and its connection to economic development through workshops, educational videos, an online platform and a week of performances of Dominic Moore-Dunson’s “The ‘Black Card’ Project.”

Kent State University Foundation, Inc. won $30,000 for “Power of Print: Resistance and Revolution in Akron.” The conference will feature exhibitions, technical demonstrations, lectures and panels to position printmaking as an entry point for artists and communities to amplify their voices.

Les D 1/4 u00e9lices won $15,000 for “Fables and Fairytales.” The presentations of music by Baroque composers will integrate puppets and visuals to animate Aesop’s Fables and a 17th century feminist fairy tale to provide early-childhood music programs.

Robert Wesner won $30,000 for “Akron Ascending, an Identity in Dance.” The project will bring art to staircases throughout Akron to develop a public conversation among artists, dancers and space.

Roots of American Music won $30,000 for “Akron Heritage Music Project.” It will record regional musicians, using direct-to-lacquer technology, in locations that have a connection to the genres of music being performed, or in locations inspired by historic sites, to document through a podcast series.

Rubber City Theatre won $60,000 for “Rubber City Musical Incubator.” The incubator will support the development of musical theater works and showcase them through readings, workshops and staged productions.

Shane Wynn won $17,000 for “40%.” The traveling exhibition of photo essays and doorbell installations will document the stories of LGBTQ young people who have experienced homelessness as a result of their identity.

Summit County Probate Court won $50,000 for “Curated Courthouse.” A series of exhibits in the courthouse will showcase local artists to give employees and visitors access to art in an unusual space.

Synapse Art and Science Series at the University of Akron won $25,000 for “Synapse: Nature’s Solutions.” The series of exhibitions will focus on learning from nature to address human challenges, and will highlight Akron’s location in the Cuyahoga Valley and its legacy as a city of invention.

The University of Akron Foundation and Art Bomb Brigade won $40,000 for “Art Bomb Artist Residency and Apprenticeship Project.” The pilot program for professional and apprentice mural artists will elevate public spaces in Akron and foster the next generation of artists.

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