Look. Love. Vote. Akron Art Prize returns for 5th year

Summit Artspace

Summit Artspace during opening weekend of Akron Art Prize 2015

With a combined prize amount of $16,000, new and expanded categories, juror prizes, and art works within one single gallery, the 2016 Akron Art Prize is poised to be a great experience.

Akron Art Prize logo NEW 2016Art Prize, sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and coordinated by Downtown Akron Partnership, takes place at Summit Artspace from Sept. 3-Oct. 1. View more than 200 works of art ranging from photography, sculpture, graphic design, paintings and more with public vote determining $12,000 in cash prizes in six categories. In addition, two civic jurors and two arts jurors will award $1,000 each to four entries.

Entries are accessible for viewing and voting Thursdays-Saturdays from 12 to 9 p.m. throughout the month.

Come to opening night
Saturday, September 3, 5-10 p.m.
Enjoy music by The Dreemers, food trucks and cash bar from 5-9 p.m.

Come to closing night
Saturday, October 1, 12-9 p.m.Vote for entries at Summit Artspace until 8 p.m. and then make your way to the Akron Art Museum for the finale reception from 8-10 p.m. with entertainment by DJ Ben Crazy,  light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Download the FREE Akron Art Prize app through iTunes or Google Play to view entries, curate favorites and cast votes. Each registered voter, age 16 and older, has up to five votes.

Visit akronartprize.org or facebook.com/akronartprize for details. Share Art Prize experiences on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #akronartprize16.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation provides additional marketing support for Akron Art Prize and presents artists with opportunities for growth through networking, building rapport with galleries and providing tools to promote themselves to patrons.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Akron…Twice!

Parade and Festivities
Saturday, March 10, Noon

Bands, floats, drill teams and color guards, mascots, Irish dancers, horses and clowns! John Deere farm tractors, bicycles, Ohio Infantry Civil War Reenactors, girl scouts, the Akron Zoo and Buckeye Corvettes; this is just a fraction of what you will experience on Saturday, March 10 in Downtown Akron!

Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday with the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that steps off at noon. The parade, which is organized by the Mark Heffernan Division and the Margaret Judge Ladies Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will make its way down Main Street from Spaghetti Warehouse to Bowery Street. More than 100 units are expected to participate this year. Don’t miss Summit County’s Bicentennial Bell, weighing a staggering 250 pounds! After the parade, continue your festivities by visiting Downtown businesses serving “green” specials in the spirit of the holiday.

March 10 Specials:

Jimmy’s– Open at 9 a.m. and will serving green beer and Irish Style Coffee. Visit Jimmy’s after the parade to see Macconmara Academy of Irish Dance.

Brubaker’s– Open at 10 a.m.
Serving Specials with Coors Light: $3 Pints and $8 Pitchers
$5.50 Guinness
$4 Miller Lite Green Aluminum Pints

Paolo’s– Bloody Mary Bar
$5 20 oz. Imperial Pints
$4 Irish Car Bombs

3 Point
$ 3 Guinness
$4 Jameson

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
Saturday, March 17

Downtown Akron’s second St. Patrick’s Day celebration happens on the actual holiday with specials throughout Downtown all day long!

Check out the festivities at Barley House where the street will be closed to accommodate heated outdoor tents with two beer trucks to kick start the festivities. Enjoy “Kegs and Eggs” from 6-11 a.m. with a $9.99 buffet breakfast including green eggs and green beer!

March 17 Specials:

The Lockview– Enjoy traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage paired with a large selection of Irish whiskeys and beer!

Brubaker’s– Tapping green beer at midnight starting March 17 and re-opening at 5:30 a.m.! Serving Specials with Coors Light: $3 Pints and $8 Pitchers
$5.50 Guinness
$4 Miller Lite Green Aluminum Pints

Wing Warehouse– Drink specials all day!
Serving “Kegs and Eggs” until 1 a.m.
Monster RC Car Charity Raffle

Paolo’s– Open at 9 a.m.
Bloody Mary Bar
$5 20 oz. Imperial Pints
$4 Irish Car Bombs

3 Point
$3 Guinness
$4 Jameson

Primo’s Deli and Club– Happy Hour Specials between 4-7 p.m.
$5 Pizzas
Special on corned beef reuben sandwiches!

Grand Opening of The Creperie on Friday, May 20

This morning I had the pleasure of getting a sneak preview of Downtown Akron’s newest breakfast eatery, The Creperie, with a few of the DAP staff members. The restaurant officially opens its doors to the public tomorrow, Friday, May 20.

The Creperie will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is located at Greystone Hall, 76 E. Mill Street in Downtown Akron.

The Creperie offers a variety of tasty crepes to choose from. If you’re craving something sweet there are choices such as Strawberry & Nutella® and Baked Apple. If you’re craving something more savory, you can choose from Mushroom & Spinach, the Grecian or Ham & Gouda, just to name a few!

I decided to go with the Grecian crepe, which includes fresh spinach, roasted tomatoes, scrambled eggs and feta cheese. As soon as I took my first bite I fell in love. My coworkers ordered the 3 Cheese & Raspberry and the Raspberry & Peach crepes, which I also got to sample and would highly recommend.

If crepes aren’t really your thing, The Creperie also offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, coffee and juice.

Overall, I had an enjoyable experience at The Creperie. The food was delicious and the staff was helpful. Next time you’re looking to grab breakfast on the go or step out of the office for a morning meeting, I recommend you try The Creperie!

For more information and full menu, visit http://www.downtownakron.com/go/the-creperie.

Katelyn Gainer, Intern

Ring in Spring at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show

HBA Akron Home and Flower Show LogoAre you looking forward to spring as much as we are here at Downtown Akron Partnership? The Home Builders Association Akron Home & Flower Show is coming to the John S. Knight Center in Downtown Akron the weekend of Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27, and it’s the perfect way to say goodbye to winter and welcome in spring!

Downtown employees will want to get out of the office on Friday to enjoy half off the regular admission price when they present an office ID or business card! Regular admission is only $8 for adults and children under 12 are free.

The weekend will be filled with guest speakers, exhibits, presentations, seminars, tips and contests! Ed Begley Jr. of Planet Green’s “Living with Ed” will present “Living Simply So Others Can Simply Live.” Matt Fox of HGTV’s “Room To Room” and PBS’ new show “Around the House with Matt and Shari” will also be in attendance to discuss green decorating tips.

Petitti Garden Centers will host a few seminars throughout the weekend regarding gardening tips for flowers, plants, produce and patios. Feature gardens will also be on display for attendees’ viewing pleasure.

Other special features of the weekend include a Designer Showcase Makeover contest for a bathroom, living room, laundry room or office and the NEOhaus Ecovillage Experience will feature tips and trends on eco-friendly living!

The event runs from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Click here for more information and a link to the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show website that includes exhibitor listings, floor plans, partners, sponsors and a special $1 off admission coupon!

Summer Time So Far

Well, I’m about a month into my Downtown Akron Partnership adventure and I must say that Downtown has yet to disappoint me. I have been actively involving myself in the pursuit to try every eatery Downtown, so far, so, so, so good! I’ve also been joining in on weekly tours of popular Downtown spots, and experiencing the art and culture in Downtown. First let me say, if you have not participated in the mid day walking tours, you have to check them out! With each tour my knowledge and appreciation for Downtown Akron grows. Akron is home to so much history; every street corner has a story, and with each story comes an example of how our community has influenced the world. Learning about our past can make you very excited about our future, no matter if you enjoy history or not. It’s amazing to see how Akron has been reinvented! Busy streets filled with new business and entertainment makes Downtown alive again!

Aside from all I have already done, I am planning to do much more. I am currently in the processes of putting together the first Battle of the Bands for First Night Akron on December 31. This event is specifically for teen bands, giving them a chance to play in front of the thousands in attendance. The Battle of the Bands will increase the teen culture at First Night, an event that provides engaging activities for the whole family. The search is on for bands, so if you know of any teens who would be interested in the competition, the applications are online at http://www.firstnightakron.org.

The summer is a special time for Downtown. The numerous food festivals throughout July are reason enough for anyone to get excited and come Downtown, even for a newly turned vegetarian like myself (it’s a daily struggle)! If you aren’t experiencing Downtown, you need to tune in and jump in! No matter what your interests, schedule or financial situation, you will find fun Downtown!


Attack of the Birds!

I have to admit that the only time I have ever been afraid of birds is in the few hours after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds!” It’s just not a very relevant fear, or so I thought! Last week’s GO event took us on a tour of one of Akron’s tallest towers, One Cascade. The tour took us up to the roof to catch beautiful views of Downtown Akron and also an up-close glimpse of wildlife. Yes, wildlife. I know what you are thinking, “Dustin, Downtown Akron is not the place for wildlife viewing.” That’s exactly what I thought until my ear was almost a meal for a mother falcon and her newly born babies! Imagine standing 23 floors above the street, seeing all of Downtown and miles beyond it. Feel the breeze blowing and the sun hitting your face. It’s one of life’s perfect moments, at least perfect until you hear screams from fellow tour goers and turn around to find a falcon diving at your face. Thanks to some quick moves that I have my high school football coaches to thank for, I was able to avoid the attack of the wild beast!

In all seriousness, the view was awesome. It’s incredible to see things from a different perspective! Looking out I could see everything: buildings that are a hundred years old and ones with paint fresh on the walls; students taking a lunch break from class; and young professionals walking to and from work with briefcases in hand. I could see the Downtown community as a whole. It’s exciting to see life in our city’s streets! It seems like I find something new every day in Downtown Akron. There is so much culture, history and diversity within our streets, how could you not enjoy your time Downtown. I found a beautiful view, a better understanding of our city and an up-close view of nature all on the streets of Downtown. There are always exciting moments to be had Downtown. So if you happen to be walking down Main St., stop and take a look around. You never know what you’ll find!


The GO: Get Out of the Office Program is Back in Downtown Akron This Summer!

New Activities Include Photography Club, Restaurant Club and “Knit and Nosh”

Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is preparing for another exciting summer in Downtown with its GO: Get Out of the Office initiative. Many favorite mid-day events from last year will be back  and new activities have been planned to make Downtown Akron the place to be this summer! GO is a program dedicated to getting Downtown employees out of their offices and into the Downtown area, utilizing all the great businesses and amenities that Downtown has to offer.

GO Events
Go events include a wide variety of activities such as walking tours, fitness days, outdoor recreation, book clubs, music concerts, sneak peeks and behind the scenes looks at new community projects. Downtown employees are welcome to come enjoy a variety of events that help to promote health, stimulate thought and community, and break up the monotony of the average work day.

Popular GO Events

  • Tours- Throughout the summer walking tours and behind the scenes tours are given of popular and interesting Downtown sites such as the Akron Civic Theater and other historical locations. Tours are an exciting way to learn about Downtown and experience its rich culture and history.
  • Lunch Hour Concert Series- These afternoon concerts, held every Wednesday, feature local talent and promote community and relaxation. Concerts will pop up all over Downtown throughout the summer! Check www.downtownakron.com/summerconcerts for locations.
  • The Market at Lock 3- Every Friday, beginning July 16, Lock 3 hosts a farmers market full of art and locally grown produce, perfect for getting fresh ingredients for your weekend cook out! Visit www.downtownakron.com/market for a list of vendors.
  • Recess at Lock 3- Enjoy community and fresh air at Lock 3. Come down to play Frisbee, cornhole, enjoy flying a kite, or join a bocce league all for free!

New This Summer
Along with bringing back favorite events from last summer, DAP has put together a list of new, exciting events! This summer DAP welcomes you to learn the basics of Tai Chi  and yoga with free lessons starting in June at Lock 3. The Akron Art Museum will host “Knit and Nosh.” On the third Thursday of the month, Downtown employees are invited to the museum with their yarn and needles, to grab a quick bite to eat while chatting with fellow knitting enthusiasts. The Photography Club is another new group for Downtown employees with a passion for photography. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, photography enthusiasts meet to share new skills and participate in interactive photography activities. The Downtown Restaurant Club will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month to visit Downtown restaurants. Members of the club will discuss meals with other members and then have the option to write reviews of the food, service and atmosphere for the GO blog.

Downtown Akron Partnership’s GO program runs through September. Visit the DAP website at www.downtownakron.com/getoutoftheoffice for event listings and to sign up for the GO e-mail list. New activities are added regularly, so keep checking back. Check out the fun and informative activities that Downtown Akron Partnership has planned for your work week.