Faces of Akron

Summit Artspace received funding from the Ohio Arts Council to restore, document, and expand the Kings and Queens mural in the building’s parking lot. 
 
In 2006, artist Kirk Mangus (1952–2013) and 25 Summit County teens painted the mural, which represents the various ethnic groups living in Akron. 
 
Artist Eva Kwong, Mangus’ widow, will spearhead the restoration of the mural aided by student artists in the Akron Public Schools’ School of the Arts and Academy of Design.
 
A new community-based digital mural initiative led by local artist Alexandria Couch, titled Faces of Akron, will pay homage to the 2006 mural. Couch selected five artists—Meryl Engler, Hope Hickman, Micah Kraus, Christine Ries, and Sylvia Sykes—to create portraits of Akron community members in their own artistic styles. The portraits will be exhibited at Summit Artspace in June 2022. Additionally, community portraits will be featured in a digital mural on our website.

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