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news release Akron Art Museum Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement, Pledges to Fund the Akron Art Library

For Release: November 8, 2016

Akron—The Akron Art Museum has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on November 29 that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The art museum plans to use #GivingTuesday to launch its campaign to fully fund the Akron Art Library, a new project that will give anyone with a Summit County library card the opportunity to check out original artwork from local, national and international artists, just as they would a book. Beginning on Tuesday, November 29 and through December 31, 2016, anyone can help make the Art Library a reality by making a tax-deductible donation of any size to the Art Library at

The Art Library, which will be partially funded by a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Art Challenge Award, represents a new way for the art museum to serve its mission of enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Summit County residents will be able to experience a deeper emotional and aesthetic engagement with art and artists by temporarily checking out works of art that they can live with in their own homes.

“The art library gives the Akron Art Museum a new way to promote arts dialogue and connect new audiences with art—especially those who are not museum visitors and who may not otherwise have much interaction with art. We’re also excited and pleased to connect with library patrons through programming, helping visitors choose works of art, sharing information about the art, as well as assisting them in the proper care of the works,” said Akron Art Museum Director of Education Alison Caplan.

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The movement kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Akron Art Museum Director of Advancement Bryan de Boer said, “Every dollar contributed to the Art Library project will be matched through the generous support of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation. We are grateful to all who will support the Art Library. Your contributions will help us expand the opportunities to live a creative life in Summit County.”

The Art Library will be housed at the Main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and will allow anyone over the age of 18 the opportunity to check out original works of art with their ASCPL card. In addition to encouraging a deeper connection to art and artists among Summit County residents, the Art Library will contribute to the local economy by paying artists for their work and by continuing to nurture a culture of art collecting in Summit County to an expanded audience.

Those who are interested in joining the Akron Art Museum’s #GivingTuesday Art Library initiative can visit For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

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