About Us

A profusion of reds, purples, black, yellow and orange pulsing capillaries and connecting tissues of color

Bloom by Sarah Gretsinger

Summit Artspace, the nonprofit community arts center and art galleries for Summit County and the surrounding area, provides art exhibits and physical environments that promote a strong, diverse and vibrant arts and culture community.

OUR MISSION

Building Community Through the Arts -Summit Artspace is a nonprofit community arts center and art galleries dedicated to providing:

  • Nurturing environments for artists at all levels of their creative journey
  • Encouraging participation in the arts through education and outreach
  • Serving as a vital creative resource for the community

Summit Artspace operates art galleries, studio space and art education programs, event and creative business space in downtown locations in Akron and Barberton. We serve the counties of Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Cuyahoga.

Award-winning collage by Helen Jane Willson features horizontal ribbons of green, white paper, silvery metal.

Finding My Niche in the Western Reserve III by Helen Wilson

OUR VALUES

Creativity – We believe that the creative process fosters self-discovery and expression, providing a powerful means for learning, understanding, communication and teaching.

Collaboration – A collaborative approach informs everything we do, including our approach to internal management and leadership of the organization, our activities and programs, and our engagement with the community. We respect the diversity of perspectives that individuals and groups bring to the pursuit and achievement of our mission.

Community – We are committed to making the arts accessible to all. We believe that our programs and activities strengthen the community and that we, in turn, are strengthened by the community’s participation in and response to our programs. Summit Artspace, the non-profit community arts center for Summit County and surrounding area, provides physical environments that promote a strong, diverse and vibrant arts and culture  community. The center preserves the art of the past and engages the creation of art for the future. Previously known as Akron Area Arts Alliance, Summit Artspace is a arts and culture organization with downtown locations in Akron and Barberton.

A display at Summit Artspace on Tusc in Barberton of student vibrant watercolor paintings in a display. Below are student ceramic pieces from a cobalt dragon, a lovely fawn to a goblet and other animal figures.

A display at Summit Artspace on Tusc in Barberton of student artwork

Summit Artspace – Nonprofit Community Arts Center and Art GallerIES

Previously known as Akron Area Arts Alliance,  the center preserves the art of the past and engages the creation of art for the future in its mission as a nonprofit community arts center and art galleries.

The downtown Akron site, Summit Artspace on East Market, is housed in the historic first site of the Akron Beacon Journal, and is home to the Summit Artspace Galleries, artist studios, the organization’s office and The Box Gallery. It is the site of several art organizations, the Akron Society of Artists and the Artists of Rubber City For rent, there are also creative business offices, galleries, performance spaces, workshop areas and meeting rooms. The facility is owned by one of our valued partners, the County of Summit, which has been a significant and valued supporter of Summit Artspace as community space.

Summit Artspace on Tusc, the Barberton site, occupies a revitalized, historic building provided by the City of Barberton on West Tuscarawas Avenue. The Nine Muses Art Gallery is located on the first floor. There are artists studios and event space for rent through out.

Summit Artspace is a nonprofit community arts center all about art created by local talent and showcased in the community. Traditional and contemporary artists connect in the space even while their art presents different views of the world.

Together the locations attract thousands of visitors each year who enjoy changing art experiences with benefits to local economies. For artists, Summit Artspace is a place where artists engage in career development within an inspiring creative community.

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thank  you to OUR valued PARTNERS