Inside|Out: Community Kick Off Meeting
For Release: January 22, 2015
Akron Art Museum to Hold Community Kick-Off Meeting for Inside|Out Public Art Project
Akron, Ohio – The Akron Art Museum will host a kick-off meeting for its new public art project Inside|Out on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The project, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, brings art out of the galleries and into the community by installing 30 framed reproductions of artwork from the museum’s collection at temporary outdoor locations. The project will include six neighborhoods in the Akron area this year.
Inside|Out 2015 includes two exhibition periods for the six selected communities. Three communities will have their reproductions installed starting in Apr. through June and three more neighborhoods will have artwork installed from Aug. through Oct. The communities include Downtown, Towpath/Metro Parks, North Hill, University Park/The University of Akron, West Hill/Highland Square, and Cuyahoga Falls. Each community will have about ten reproductions included in their outdoor exhibitions.
During the kick-off meeting, the six communities will be officially announced and the community partners from each neighborhood will be present. The museum encourages the communities to plan activities and events that will accompany their Inside|Out exhibitions as a way to take ownership of their neighborhoods’ exhibitions. The meeting will be a chance for community members to collaborate and brainstorm ideas for programming when hosting their Inside|Out exhibitions.
Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka said, “We are excited to be working with partners in these neighborhoods because that’s when the art will really come alive, when community members use it create new events, celebrations, and opportunities to share and spread ideas.”
The reproductions will be attached to buildings or free standing on posts depending on the location. Exact images and placements are to be determined but will be announced on the Akron Art Museum’s website (AkronArtMuseum.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/AkronArtMuseumOfficial).
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, visitKnightFoundation.org.
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