Summit Artspace Announces Recipients of 2024 Arts Alive Awards and Gala Event on Tuesday, May 14


Akron, OHIO (April 11, 2024) —

For more than 20 years, the Arts Alive Awards have recognized gifted local artists, talented arts educators, and change-making advocates who bring the arts to life and shape our creative community.

Summit Artspace invites the public to attend the Arts Alive Awards gala and award ceremony celebrating honorees in 14 categories on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 6-9 p.m. at 140 East Market Street. Tickets can be purchased on Summit Artspace’s website. Donations at every level are welcome and support Summit Artspace’s mission to connect artists to the resources they need to thrive professionally, creatively, and financially. 

The in-person event includes open galleries and artwork, music and entertainment, and a special program to highlight the recipients’ contributions to Akron’s cultural landscape. Heavy appetizers, desserts, and signature cocktails will be served.

The 2024 Arts Alive Awards include:

Arts Alive Award:
Gary & Georgia Miller

Lifetime Achievement:
Woodrow Nash

Summit Artspace Champion:
FirstEnergy Corp

Arts Educator:
Mark A. Zimmerman

Arts Patron:
Brenda Cummins

Collaborative Project:
Little Amal (Partners include Gum Dip Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, North Hill Community Development Corporation, Dominic Moore-Dunson, Elyse Morckel, The University of Akron Dance Program, and NCCAkron. 

Emerging Artist (tie):
Nick Lee, Neil Sudhakaran

IDEA Leader:
KINK Contemporary

Outstanding Artist in Dance:
Elyze Morckel

Outstanding Artist in Theatre:
Elynmarie Kazle

Outstanding Artist in Music:
Dave Rich

Outstanding Visual Artist:
Micah Kraus

Outstanding Literary Artist:
Barbara Sabol

Rising Arts Leader:
Grace Carter

Those who cannot attend in person may register for the 30-minute pre-recorded Virtual Ceremony Broadcast.

“Summit Artspace champions the efforts of local artists every day, so we are thrilled to recognize this incredible cohort of arts professionals,” notes Summit Artspace’s Executive Director, Heather Meeker. “These local artists—and those who mentor and support them—challenge us to think differently and celebrate what it means to be creative, and human.”

The Arts Alive Awards are made possible by Summit Artspace’s generous sponsors: County of Summit (Presenting Sponsor); FirstEnergy Corp (Patron Sponsor); Synthomer Foundation; FirstLight Home Care/OneKey Virtual Care; Robert J. Events and Catering; Steel & Company Law Firm; Brio Performance Solutions; Young and Associates, Inc.; R. Shea Brewing; and media sponsor 91.3 The Summit.

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