Akron Art Museum to Celebrate Inside|Out with a Block Party
For Release: March 31, 2015
Akron— On Thursday May 7, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the Akron Art Museum will host a block party to celebrate the launch of Inside|Out, a new community activated project that brings art into the city’s streets. The celebration will include live music, local food, art activities for all ages, guided tours of the museum galleries, and the opportunity to meet the community partners the art museum has been working with during the Inside|Out project, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“We are thrilled to host a launch party for Inside|Out at the art museum,” Mark Masuoka, Executive Director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum said, “because it is important to celebrate the start of the project, and also thank our community partners who are making Inside|Out a reality for Akron.”
During the course of Inside|Out in 2015 and 2016, the museum will install one-to-one scale, high quality reproductions of art from Akron Art Museum collection in neighborhoods and outdoor spaces in and around Akron. Akron is only the second city to launch Inside|Out, following Detroit, where the project has seen great success.
The museum is installing 30 artworks in the first phase of the project, placing art in Downtown Akron, North Hill and the Towpath Trail and Summit Metro Parks. In the second phase of the project, which will take place in Fall 2015, the 30 works will be placed in Cuyahoga Falls, The University of Akron and University Park and in the West Hill and Highland Square neighborhoods. In April 2015, the museum will print and distribute maps with the locations of each art work, so community members can visit each one. Maps are available at the Akron Art Museum, at various locations throughout the neighborhoods, or from AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out for digital download.
Inside|Out project coordinator Roza Maille said, “We’ve created a number of items to help people locate the art works in the communities—including maps, brochures, and the Inside|Out Tour App. The app is great because you can access all kinds of rich background information about each artwork, in addition to using it to locate the pieces around town.” The museum has viewed Inside|Out as a community development catalyst and a means to collaborate with community partners, as much as it is a way to give everyone a high quality art experience. Maille said, “One of the most exciting facets of Inside|Out is that it promotes exploration around Akron. It’s a chance to visit neighborhoods and outdoor spaces you normally don’t get to spend a lot of time in.”
Masuoka added, “Inside|Out helps us to have a much deeper conversation about the value of the arts and culture in our community. The project also allows us to deepen the conversation between the museum and the community by offering numerous opportunities to build strong partnerships and friendships across Akron’s diverse communities. Civic engagement is the focus of our vision and Inside|Out is the perfect project to demonstrate our mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art.
The spring 2015 phase of Inside|Out includes community partnerships with the International Institute of Akron, Akron Better Block, Downtown Akron Partnership, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Ohio and Erie Canalway and Summit Metro Parks. Additional programs related to Inside|Out, such as street festivals and bike tours, will be created by the community partners with support from the museum.
Maille said, “It really is a community activated art project. The community partners and people from the neighborhoods will be creating events and programs around the artwork. They are driving engagement and meaningful interactions with the art. We’re here to help, but we want people in the community to make the work their own.” In the North Hill neighborhood, Akron Better Block, a program also funded by the Knight Foundation has scheduled their Better Block event to incorporate the Inside|Out artworks there. The May 15-17 event will host pop up shops, bike tours, food vendors, and activities like small goal soccer, community theater and civic science fair.
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About the Akron Art Museum
The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.
In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to live creative through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours, concerts, and public art projects.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Knight Foundation invests in ideas and projects that can lead to transformational change. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.
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