For Release: May 2014
Shifting the Cultural Landscape
The Akron Art Museum is launching Community Conversations, a series of four town hall-style meetings that aim to help the museum redefine its role in the community. Community Conversations begins on Monday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in the museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby.
“The Akron Art Museum is committed to growing our understanding of opportunities for engagement and potential collaborations in order for the museum to serve as a greater cultural resource for our Akron community,” said Akron Art Museum Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka.
The Community Conversations schedule is:
Monday, May 19 - Connecting: Arts & Community
Tuesday, July 15 - Art & Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, September 9 - Uniquely Akron
Tuesday, November 11 - Public Place I Public Space
These interactive meetings will enable thinkers and doers to move beyond simply clicking the ‘Like’ button to create a stronger and more engaged region. Sessions will explore how the museum can utilize its resources and space as an engine for discovery, creativity, innovation and growth within the community.
The museum worked with Round River Consulting to design and produce the sessions. Working throughout the country and in this community, Round River Consulting has designed numerous democratic, deliberative and interactive meetings that utilize technology to capture every voice. For this series, participants are asked to bring their cell phones, which will offer opportunities to generate and prioritize ideas.
All conversations begin at 6 p.m.; with the museum’s galleries open to participants from 5-6 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Registration is strongly encouraged at AkronArtMuseum.org/eventregistration or by calling 330.376.9185.
Community Conversations are made possible with support from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
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 discover new perspectives through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.
About Round River Consulting
Round River Consulting works with policy-makers, pubic agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and a range of community leaders, specializing in community & civic engagement, organizational & business development and community health. Located in Akron, the firm has designed strategic planning projects for agencies such as the Akron-Summit County Public Library, ReWorks (formally the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority), and the Akron-Summit Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and community engagement projects and initiatives for organizations including The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Cleveland Museum of Art, AmericaSpeaks and the Neighborhood Network in University Park.