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2019 Arts Alive Awards and Fundraiser

June 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Arts Alive Awards 2019

Arts Alive Awards is June 11, 2019!




Porchrokr Committee which won the
PorchRokr Festival Committee which won the 2018 Arts Alive Award.

The Arts Alive Awards event was created in 2001 to recognize gifted artists, art educators and change-making advocates with an inspiring celebration of achievement.

The Arts Alive Awards community nomination process has always been a part of the event, and you’ll see many familiar names of artists, dancers, musicians, leaders and advocates who have sustained excellence in their fields and gone on to represent our community on the world stage.

Congratulations to the
Click here for previous winners.

The Arts Alive Awards Committee selects the winners which are announced the night of the event, Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m., at Summit Artspace on East Market.


Deadline is now 5 p.m., June 7, 2019.
Deadline’s passed and you want reservations?
call 330-204-2084.

2019 Arts Alive Awards & Fundraiser
Tuesday, June 11, 6-8 p.m.
Summit Artspace on East Market
140 E. Market St., Akron OH 44308
$65 Single Reservation. CLICK HERE.


  • Appetizers
  • Entertainment
  • Awards program
  • Admission to the Silent Auction of unique works by local artists
  • One drink ticket (There will also be a cash bar.)
  • Admission to the After Party
  • All proceeds benefit the Summit Artspace galleries which showcase local art and artists.

Let’s celebrate together June 11!
What’s the schedule?

WHERE: Summit Artspace on East Market St., 140 E. Market St., Akron
WHEN: Tues., June 11, 2019; Arts Alive, 6-8 pm; After Party, 8-10 pm
  • 5:30 – 6:00 Private Reception for Finalists, Honorees and Sponsors (See how to get your invitation at info@summitartspace.org.)
  • 6:00 – 6:30 Silent Auction open, Drinks and Appetizers
  • 6:30 – 7:30 Awards and Recognitions
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Auction Final Bidding


Arts Alive After Party
Tuesday, June 11, 8 p.m.
$20 Single Reservation. CLICK HERE.
Music by Space Ace with Ace Epps!

Get ready to join the arts community at the After Party for mingling, music, a cash bar and fun food truck fare that you can purchase.


John Fiztpatrick and Arrye Rosser
Roger Reed
Linda Diefendorff of Brio Performance Solutions
Audio-Technica US
Western Reserve Hospital
University of Akron
Jim Pickard Commercial Group|
MEaden & moore

* Deadline to make reservations is June 5, 2019.

Our Honorary Co-Chairs!

Arts Alive 2019 Diana Selzer
Diana L. Selzer, Vice President and Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Group

Diana L. Selzer is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Group. Diana joined Wells Fargo in 2017. Her banking career started in 2010 at Huntington National Bank in Akron.  Growing up a Girl Scout and obtaining her Gold Award, Diana was taught from a young age the importance of giving back to the community, being a sister to every Girl Scout and making the world a better place. Being involved in the community has always been part of who she is; but she doesn’t just serve in the community, she leads the pack. Her passion for maximizing her strengths is reflected through a variety of leadership roles with the Akron Area YMCA Board of Trustees, Akron Children’s Hospital, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, Women’s Endowment Fund – a fund of Akron Community Foundation, the Greater Akron Chamber, Summit County Progress and Economic Development Board and Women’s Leadership Conference of Northeast Ohio.

Arts Alive 2019 Ace Epps
Ace Epps, Community Manager for Akron BMe Community, Host of “Center Talks” on WAKR

Ace has over 14 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and in 2013 started an LLC called the Self Advancement Center (SAC).  At the SAC, Ace teaches job readiness training, soft skills and interviewing techniques. He also hosts a weekly radio show called “Center Talks” a partnership with WAKR 1590am and the Akron Urban League. On the “Pod Bean” online platform Ace produces local podcasters while hosting a weekly podcast of his own called “ReWine”. Ace currently serves as the Community Manager for Akron BMe Community, a non-profit organization located in Akron, Ohio. BMe Community focuses on positive images of black men while showing that they are assets in building better communities. Ace also works as the Program Manager for OPEN M’s Community Works Akron program.

Get ready for 2019 Arts Alive Awards

Mark your calendar! Want to be on the invitation list? Email us at kamelia@summitartspace.org.

Glance back at the 2018 Arts Alive Awards

Staff of Dot Org Solutions, our Media Sponsor.
Staff of Dot Org Solutions, our Media Sponsor
Dan Wilson providing a few jazz scores.
Dan Wilson providing a few jazz scores.
Honoree Katie and Nam
Nam and Honoree Katie
Honoree Shane Wynn, husband Josh Gippin and Barbara Feld
Honoree Shane Wynn, husband Josh Gippin, past honoree Barbara Feld
and Summit Artspace board member and Akronist Editor Chris Miller
Danielle Hupp and Summit Artspace board member and Akronist Editor Chris Miller
Honoree Dan Wilson, a guest and past honoree Theron Brown
Honoree Dan Wilson, a guest and past honoree Theron Brown
Nicole Mullet and friends
Honoree Nicole Mullet and friends

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