Release Date: March 25,2019

Summit Artspace announces 2019 Arts Alive awards and fundraiser; nominations now open

Summit Artspace announces the organization’s tenth Arts Alive Awards and Fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6-8 p.m., at Summit Artspace, located in downtown Akron.

Join honorary co-chairs Diana Selzer and Ace Epps as Summit Artspace honors those who make a significant impact on local arts and culture. The event is a celebration and fundraiser that includes food, music, entertainment and local art.

Selzer is a vice president and relationship manager with Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Group. Epps is the community manager for Akron BMe Community and hosts “Center Talks” on WAKR. Both are dedicated community volunteers who support the arts.

Reservations are $65 per person and are on sale now. A reservation includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, awards and – new this year – an after party that is also open to the public starting at 8 p.m. Guests will also be able to bid on unique, local art in the silent auction.
Non-event guests can attend the after party for $20 per person. There will be a cash bar open throughout the main event and after party.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. The deadline to sponsor is April 30. All proceeds from the event support the galleries and programming at Summit Artspace.

Nominations Now Open
The Arts Alive Awards honor local artists, educators and arts advocates who bring art to life, whether in their own practice or through their work to advance and promote arts and culture in the community.  

Awards include outstanding artist awards in dance, music, theatre and visual arts; lifetime achievement; emerging artist; and collaborative projects, as well as numerous advocate awards including rising leader, volunteer, educator, patron and outreach. The deadline to nominate is May 1. Final nominees will be announced on May 17. For more information on the event and awards and to submit your nomination, please visit:  

For more information on reservations, sponsorships and submitting an auction piece, please visit