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High Arts Festival

Summit Artspace is the location for Visual Arts
for the High Arts Festival, Sept. 14-Oct. 6, 2018

a 23-day visual art, music, film and literary art festival

High Arts Festival, organized by the Akron Downtown Partnership, celebrates the excellence of the arts community through peer-to-peer assessment, connecting new audiences to local art and individual artists, and increasing the awareness of the vibrant artistic hub that exists in downtown Akron. The public will continue to vote for favorites in each category via a mobile app or kiosks in participating venues.

Young people viewing the art at Summit Artspace for the 2017 High Arts Festival

Making the High ARts Festival possible

The event is sponsored by Peg’s Foundation and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. Additional support is provided by Ohio Arts Council.  Visit the website for more information on the entire festival: higharts.org

art to See…

142 visual art pieces at Summit Artspace Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 to 7 p.m. between Sept. 14 and Oct. 6. Visual art weekend kicks off at Opening Night on Sept. 14, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Looking for opening night information? Head here.

Free Admission

FRIDAY, SEP 14 – OPENING – 5:30 to 10 pm
SATURDAY, SEP 15 – 12 to 5 pm
THURSDAY, SEP 20 – 12 to 7 pm – 3rd THURSDAY
FRIDAY, SEP 21 – 12 to 7 pm
SATURDAY, SEP 22 – 12 to 5 pm
THURSDAY,  SEP 27 – 12 to 7 pm
FRIDAY, SEP 28 – 12 to 7 pm
SATURDAY, SEP 29 – 12 to 5 pm
THURSDAY,  OCT 4 – 12 to 7 pm
FRIDAY, OCT 5 – 12 to 7 pm

Or visit our event calendar at summitartspace.org/event.


35 super short (60-second or less) and short (61 second-10 minute) film entries at The Nightlight during the film festival weekend on Sept. 22. Dates and times here: https://higharts.org/film

Words to Listen to…

28 poetry and prose submissions in the Historic Arts District on Sept. 29 during the literary art festival weekend. Dates and times here: https://higharts.org/literary


Up to 39 solo/due or group musical entries at the music festival weekend on Oct. 6 from 2-8 p.m. at MusicaUncorked Wine BarBlu Jazz+ and an outdoor stage. Dates and times here: https://higharts.org/music


At the the finale reception and awards presentation on Oct. 6 from 8-10 p.m. This night a total of $32,000 will be distributed to winners that are decided by public and juried votes. Looking for closing night information? Head here.

The High Arts Festival app is available for free from the Google Play Store/iTunes Store. Through the app, you can register to vote, explore all of the entries and vote on your favorite art, music, film and literary work throughout the event.

Follow HIgh Arts on Facebook to stay up-to-date and share your experiences – and with #HighArtsFest on Twitter and Instagram.

Scenes from the 2017 High Art Festival; looking at art at Summit Artspace, the Akron Art Museum and Rogers Garden at night, entertainment and closing party

Parking behind the Summit ARtspace on East MArket building
Handicap accessible

See the Summit Artspace exhibit calendar for open hours for High Arts Visual Arts.
Plan your visit by clicking here.
Have questions? Here is our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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