Our county-wide arts and culture organization is leading the work with facilitation by nationally-recognized, award-winning city cultural planners. ArtsNow, led by Executive Director Nicole Mullet, is steering the project, and Designing Local, a nationally-recognized company who specializes in cultural planning, is leading the day-to-day project facilitation.

Two of Akron’s key grantmakers came together to fund this work. GAR Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will be fully funding the work.

This has been a vision of Mayor Horrigan’s since he took office, and the Mayor and his full administration are critical partners, though no public money is funding the project. 

Most importantly, YOUR voice is critical to this work.

As we work together to develop Akron's first cultural plan, we are so grateful for your perspectives. We literally couldn’t do this work without you. The more voices we have, the stronger our collective roadmap to the future will be.

(Top photo by Shane Wynn, courtesy of AkronStock.com)