arts in Akron

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MICHELLE SEGRE / UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced 36 finalists were chosen in the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Akron.

The arts challenge seeks out ideas that connect people to each other and to place to ultimately strengthen communities. The winners get a share of $1 million to help them bring their ideas to life.

In three preceding challenges, Knight awarded nearly $3 million for 63 ideas in Akron.

hands-on teaching of glass blowing
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The tradition of Black Friday kicking off the new Christmas shopping season has taken many forms. But there’s one practice catching on in Akron that’s about making rather than buying holiday gifts.

Jack Baker’s Akron Glass Works is in a former church near the University of Akron. He and his staff host workshops where people make their own glass objects.