Cuyahoga Falls is looking to feature local artists in public spaces. As a first step in the city’s Master Art Plan, residents are encouraged to take an online survey to express their thoughts on what kind of art should be placed around town.

Kelli Crawford-Smith is director of neighborhood excellence, communications, and community outreach for the city of Cuyahoga Falls. She said city leaders have a commitment to local artists and believe in what art can do for the community.

Picture of Arc art piece
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Stephen Manka is one of Cleveland’s most successful public artists with installations from Shaker Heights to Playhouse Square. Manka started Manka Design Studio in 2004 which focuses on public sculpture, especially for Cleveland’s neighborhoods. 

He has an M.Arch. in architecture and urban design from Kent State University. .

The Cleveland Clinic is selling art to benefit hearts. WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports next month’s auction at Christie’s in New York will include items from the Clinic’s collection.

The eight works for sale include sculptures and paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso.

The artworks were donated to the Cleveland Clinic by philanthropist and entrepreneur Sydell Miller, whose collection spans impressionist and modern art.

Lower than projected state tax revenue totals will make budgeting more difficult for Ohio’s lawmakers in the coming weeks. Advocates for the arts know the tight budget threatens their funding, and they are trying to make the case to save those dollars.

The executive director of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts, Bill Behrendt, says it’s important that state leaders give the Ohio Arts Council at least $34 million, a slight increase. He says it’s important to keep that funding – especially for smaller communities.

Artist rendering of the Towpath Trail archway in Akron

Two Northeast Ohio artists have been chosen to design artwork for the Towpath Trail in downtown Akron.

The artwork is part of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition’s i-Towpath project, which seeks to improve the trail.

John Comunale will design an entrance archway at Ash and Quaker streets in Akron. Jessica Lofthus will create a mural for the nearby Cascade Plaza Parking Garage.