Garden

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Garden, view of the Green, Feature Wall, Crisscross

Photo: Shane Wynn

Garden, the Feature Wall

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Garden, Lehner Family Foundation Plaza

Photo: Shane Wynn

Garden

Photo: Shane Wynn 

Garden

Photo: Shane Wynn

Garden

Photo: Shane Wynn

Garden

Photo: Shane Wynn

Garden, looking east toward S. Broadway St.

Photo: Shane Wynn

The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden

Garden Hours:
Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
FREE and Open to the Public every day during the posted hours.

Bud & Susie Rogers Garden Opening Celebration

The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden
is Open!

Garden Hours:

Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

FREE and Open to the Public every day during the posted hours.


About the Garden

"It seems to say: a better downtown starts here." —Steven Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 28, 2016

In 2007, the Akron Art Museum transformed the cultural landscape in Akron with the opening of the James L. and John S. Knight Building. Designed by Viennese architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, the museum’s new home expanded its physical footprint and catapulted the museum into an international spotlight. Presently, the museum’s larger galleries and public event spaces serve thousands of visitors annually, but something has been missing. The museum’s original expansion plan included an outdoor gallery space, which was delayed due to budget constraints.

Flash forward to 2015. With the support of a dedicated board of directors, an energized staff and an engaged community, the dream of an outdoor community space is becoming a reality. The initial idea of a traditionally designed sculpture garden has been updated by Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm Olin Partners. The firm has embraced the concepts of creative placemaking, and their design will broaden our ability to drive civic engagement and economic development for Downtown Akron. The museum’s new outdoor space will welcome a range of activities, including introspection, exploration, expression, social interactions and memorable art experiences. Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka says, “The garden will transform an asphalt desert into an urban art oasis and a new civic commons for Akron. As we begin construction, we are guided by our mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art by creating opportunities for engagement and a high level of exposure to the arts.”

The garden has been made possible by a lead gift from Rick and Alita Rogers, and is named in honor of Rick Rogers’ parents, longtime community volunteers and museum supporters, Bruce “Bud” Rogers and his wife, Suzanne “Susie” Rogers. “We are happy that this pledge will return money made in Akron to the community that helped make our success possible,” said Rick Rogers. Alita Rogers currently serves on the board of directors of the Akron Art Museum and is chair of its Governance Committee. Rick was president of the board when the museum broke ground in 2004 for the celebrated John S. and James L. Knight Building. B. W. Rogers Co., located in downtown Akron, has been the economic engine that made the gift possible. Started in 1928 by Rick’s grandfather to mainly serve the rubber industry, it has grown steadily over three generations.

About Bud and Susie Rogers

Bud and Susie embody philanthropy in Akron. Bud Rogers is the former president and chief executive of the B.W. Rogers Co. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, Sumner on Ridgewood and the United Way of Summit County. He has been board president of each organization and was general chairman of the 1999 United Way campaign. Susie Rogers is an emeritus member of the board of governors for Akron Golf Charities, past board president of the Junior League of Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association and Akron Garden Club, and past president of the Western Reserve Academy/Pioneer Women. She has also helped with financial campaigns for the Boys and Girls Clubs and United Way.

In 2007, Bud and Susie received the H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award from the Red Cross, Summit County Chapter. In 2008, they received the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award. Both are past recipients of the United Way’s Distinguished Service Award.

We are extremely thankful to the Rogers family for their generous lead gift. It will grant us the opportunity to develop an acre of land into a truly groundbreaking public space, giving everyone the opportunity to have a meaningful art experience and further transforming the Akron Art Museum into a public art space for creative expression and exploration.


Press About The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden

Steven Litt, "The Akron Art Museum's great new garden raises the ante on a gray downtown," July 28, 2016, Cleveland Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com

Mary Beth Breckenridge, "Akron Art Museum unveils new garden and event space," July 7, 2016, Akron Beacon Journal

Kathleen Folkerth, "New perspective blooms at art museum garden," July 7, 2016, West Side Leader

"Akron Art Museum Hosts Grand Opening of New Gardens," CoolCleveland.com

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