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Akron Art Museum to Hold Block Parties For Community

For Release: June 11, 2015

Akron – The Akron Art Museum will host two block parties to celebrate the Inside|Out artwork installations in North Hill, along the Towpath Trail and in the Summit Metro Parks. The North Hill Block Party will be held on Thursday June 18 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Akron Art Museum. The Towpath Trail and Summit Metro Parks Block Party will be on July 2, same time and location. The celebrations will include live music from the Downtown@Dusk series, local food, curator-led museum tours, and the opportunity to meet the community partners the art museum has been working with during the Inside|Out project.

Inside|Out is a new, community activated public art project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Thirty high-quality, framed reproductions of iconic works in the museum’s collection have been installed in the streets and outdoor spaces of Akron. To celebrate the artwork in each area, the Akron Art Museum invites residents to see the original artwork while also bringing culture from community members to the museum for the block parties.

The Akron Art Museum has partnered with the International Institute of Akron, coordinators from Akron Better Block, and the North Hill Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library for the Inside|Out project. The North Hill Block Party on June 18 will include elements from that culturally diverse neighborhood. A trolley will transport residents to and from the museum with stops at the library and the International Institute in North Hill. In addition to the live blues music from Downtown@Dusk performer Colin Dussault, residents will perform traditional dances from their home countries, and food will be provided from North Hill businesses Three Sisters Momo and Devitis. A Nepali translator will also be present at the curator-led gallery tour at 6 pm.

The Towpath Trail and Summit Metro Parks Block Party will be held on July 2. The Akron Art Museum has partnered with Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition and Summit Metro Parks to place artwork in Akron’s green spaces. The entertainment will include Downtown@Dusk performers, Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Orchestra in addition to an activity led by Summit Metro Parks.

After July 4, the artworks will be removed from their current locations. The 30 works are scheduled to be installed by August 2015 at their new locations in Cuyahoga Falls, The University of Akron and University Park and in the West Hill and Highland Square neighborhoods.

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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

Museum Information
Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Gallery, Store and iQcafé Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm,
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday and all major holidays
Library Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (17 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. Gallery admission is FREE every Thursday.


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