To engage Akron area residents and to elevate the Akron's arts community, the High Arts Festival is a result of expanding and transforming Akron Art Prize into a 23-day celebration of local artists and multidisciplinary art forms. The festival runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 7 in the Historic Arts and Northside Districts. Through an accessible and competitive process, populous and juried votes determine winners in 12 categories.
This transformation is possible through a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) was among 19 winners nationwide and received $154,000 over two years to expand the event. The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the philanthropic organization behind the creation of Akron Art Prize, continues to sponsor the High Arts Festival with additional support from Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
"Akron is seeing a resurgence in the arts, and the High Arts Festival is a wonderful way to showcase the region's artists who make Northeast Ohio such a vibrant place to live," said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.