Summit Artspace presents the quarterly Akron ArtWalk on Sept. 9. This ArtWalk is centered around the theme, “Only One Earth: Arts and the Environment.” ArtWalk is a family-friendly event and is open to all. A donation of $5 is encouraged.
Summit Artspace will have galleries and artist studios open, as well as food, music, and pop-up vendors. Wick Poetry Center will have a table for its Cuyahoga Valley National Park Poetic Inventory where community members can respond creatively to prompts regarding the landscape, culture, history, and diverse species of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Information from Summit Metro Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be available, and visitors will be invited to chalk sidewalk squares and paint “Art in Motion” walls outside with environmental themes. Additionally, 2022 Arts Alive honoree Joe Ott will create a wood-burning piece on-site.
The Akron Art Museum will host a Family Day, featuring an all-ages film in the Bud & Susie Rogers Garden. Before the film begins at the Museum around sundown (about 7:45 p.m.), the garden will be filled with art-making activities, refreshments, and entertainment from local makers and doers. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for some drop-in fun with family and friends! This event is free and open to all. More information is available on the Museum’s website.
Browse, check out, and create your own art at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Downtown Branch. Visit the Main Library between 4 – 8 p.m. to participate in a community mural, get creative with sidewalk chalk on High Street, browse and check out artwork from the Art Lending Library, and learn about the creative resources and DIY options available in the TechZone.
At 8 p.m., Curated Storefront, The Nightlight Cinema, and Rubber City Jazz and Blues Fest will present an outdoor screening of Miles Ahead, directed by Don Cheadle and featuring Akron’s own Theron Brown. The 2015 film exploring the life and music of Miles Davis will be shown outside at Outside the Box in TrueNorth Akron, 110 North Main Street, located in Akron’s Northside District. An intro to the film by Theron Brown will take place before the screening. Bring a blanket, chairs, and snacks to enjoy an evening of art in Akron. The screening is free to attend but is rated R and not suitable for those under 17.
Curated Storefront’s Clayton Bailey World of Wonders is open from 4-8 p.m. at The University of Akron Polsky Building, located at 225 S. High Street. In partnership with FRONT International, Curated Storefront also presents four galleries at Quaker Square, located at 135 South Broadway Street. Quaker Galleries will have extended Friday hours for ArtWalk from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Also in the Northside District, the Northside Cellar will be open until 5 p.m. and Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio will be open until 5 p.m.
Visit the City of Akron Rubber Worker Statue at 22 East Mill Street. Miriam Ray, the founder of the project, will be present to greet visitors and tell them about the statue.
Parking for ArtWalk will be available in the lot between Summit Street and Broadway Street (43 S. Broadway St.), accessible from Mill Street (but not Market Street).
A complete guide to the Akron ArtWalk is available on Downtown Akron Partnership’s website.
ArtWalk is supported, in part, by a grant from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.