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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, elevates 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


OCT 6 – 12 to 9 pm – ARTWALK – Exhibition

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

High Arts Festival photo of a live musical performance
Photos courtesy of the High Arts Festival and John R. Aylward Photography


live music performances & Visual Art
Come Experience and vote*

*Participants must be in downtown Akron to activate the voting function. Go to higharts.org/voting to download the app.

12-9 p.m. Visual Arts experience open at Summit Artspace on East Market, 140 E. Market St., Akron, to view and vote for your favorite art. Artwalk at Summit Artspace, 5-9 p.m. Artist studios open. Pop-up shops. Voting ends at 8 p.m.

2-8 p.m. at Blu Jazz, Chill Ice Cream, Musica, Uncorked and an outdoor stage behind Blu Jazz (weather permitting). Visit higharts.org for schedule of performances and locations. Vote on your favorites by downloading the app from higharts.org.

8 p.m. Following those performances, the voting will officially close at 8 p.m. Still need to get the app for voting? Click here.

8:15 p.m. The Outside Voices will perform on the Maiden Lane outdoor stage.

9:30 p.m. Winners announced. There will be brief remarks and then awards will be announced.

Vote for your Favorite visual art

Don’t miss your final chance to view more than 140 visual art pieces at Summit Artspace and vote for your favorites. Summit Artspace is Friday from 12-7 p.m. and Saturday from 12-8 p.m. Voting closes at 8 p.m. Get the voting app here: higharts.org.

Visitors to the galleries at Summit Artspace on East Market for the High Arts Festival

Vote for your Favorite film & LITERARY ARt

If you didn’t make it to the film festival weekend or just want to screen the films again or listen to the poetry and prose , be sure to download the FREE High Arts Festival app or visit www.higharts.org. 

You can watch and listen to all of the entries, but can only vote via the app or at a kiosk at Summit Artspace today or tomorrow from 12-7 p.m. or Saturday from 12-8 p.m. Voting closes at 8 p.m.

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.


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. 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

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

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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