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Release Date: May 15,2023

Akron ArtWalk on June 9th Explores Social Justice & the Arts

Akron, OHIO (May 5, 2023) — On Friday, June 9th from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, experience Akron's quarterly ArtWalk filled with art and activities at participating locations in Akron’s Historic Arts District.  

Summit Artspace’s summer ArtWalk theme is “Be the Change,” with activities focused on how the arts serve as a tool for social justice. Local artists use their talents to inspire and illuminate, urging us to create a more inclusive, affirming, and equitable community.  

  • Summit Artspace 20+ resident artists will open their studios to the public, and 20+ pop-up artist vendors will sell handmade artwork throughout the building. 
  • Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas Poetry Makerspace will park in front of the building and invite visitors to create poems grounded in social justice themes. The refurbished recreational vehicle is the first of its kind in the country and serves as a mobile, interactive exhibit, showcasing the creative works of our diverse and vibrant community. 
  • A special Queer Market, organized by Micah Mooon Summit Artspace’s second floor will feature the work of LGBTQIA+ artists for sale. 
  • Local service and advocacy organizations will provide information throughout the building. 

In addition, nearby ArtWalk activities in and near the Main-Market Historic District include: 

The Akron-Summit County Public Library Downtown Branch will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Library will conduct activities at the Art Museum after 6 p.m. 

The Akron Art Museum will be open to the public free of charge from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.  including the new exhibit, “Keith Haring: Against All Odds.” Galleries will be open and free, while the Bud & Susie Rogers Garden will be activated with fun-for-all activities. 

The Nightlight Cinema will screen the dark comedy thriller Sanctuary (2022, Rated R). Showtimes available at  

Akron Soul Train will open its galleries from 5 - 9 p.m. for visitors. Exhibits are “the space between landing and falling” by Katherine G. Moore and “just girlie things” by Eva Polzer. 

Curated Storefront has new storefronts with fresh artwork to visit during ArtWalk at the  Chemstress Building Courtyard and Huntington Tower on Main Street. Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders will be open from 4-8 p.m. Polsky Building, 225 S. Main St., Akron. Finally, the exhibition "a sack of milk and the botulism of meat" featuring the work of local artist Alexia Avdelas will be open from 5-9 p.m. at Bounce Innovation Hub, Suite 409 526 S Main St., Akron OH 44311. 

In the Northside District, the Northside Cellar and Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio will be open until 5 p.m.  

Jilly’s Music Room will be hosting DJ Chaka’s dance party. Starting at 8 p.m. DJ Chaka will be playing 70’s hits. FREE. 

BLU Jazz+ and BLU-tique Hotel will host live music, food and spirits. 

General parking for ArtWalk is available in the lot between Summit Street and Broadway Street (43 S. Broadway St.), on surrounding streets, and at participating locations. An introduction to the Akron ArtWalk participating businesses is available on Downtown Akron Partnership. A virtual guide and maps can be found on Summit Artspace’s website.  

ArtWalk is supported, in part, by a grant from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation. 


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About Summit Artspace: Summit Artspace is a nonprofit arts organization connecting artists and artist-serving organizations to the resources they need to thrive professionally, creatively, and financially. It provides artist studios, exhibitions, and programs in Summit County and serves as a vital place for the public to engage with the creative community. Summit Artspace is located at 140 East Market Street in Akron, Ohio. Public hours are Fridays from noon - 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Summit Artspace is supported by The County of Summit, Ohio Arts Council, GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and Peg’s Foundation. For more information, visit the Summit Artspace website or call (330) 376-8480.