The Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of promoting the value of a strong, diverse and vibrant arts and culture community for Greater Akron.
The primary activity of the Arts Alliance is the operation of Summit Artspace, a joint project of AAAA and the County of Summit. Summit Artspace is a community art center bringing together in one location some of the best local artists, art education and arts organizations of the Greater Akron area.
The Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) was founded in 1991 by arts advocates Ann Amer Brennan and Mary Ann Jackson, who recognized that the area’s arts and cultural organizations were struggling with similar problems. They brought together 12 organizations to discuss and act upon common concerns. AAAA was incorporated and received its not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) status in 1998. Because of the organization’s growth and increasing services to its members and the community, AAAA hired a director and opened a downtown Akron office in September 1999. It opened Summit Artspace Gallery in September 2002. In 2010 AAAA was given a grant by The Knight Foundation to complete the second floor of Summit Artspace, which resulted in a conference center, office space available for rent and a small event/performance space. The organization continued to grow and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011 and was also given a proclamation by Summit County Executive Russ Pry and Summit County Council in recognition of AAAA’s commitment to advocating arts and culture in the community.
In 2015, the Alliance undertook a comprehensive self-study with the support of the Akron Community Foundation to reassess its organizational structure and its future goals. It was determined that the organization’s future lay with developing Summit Artspace to become a premier community arts center. AAAA’s membership voted in April 2015 to end the membership-based structure and begin plans to establish a business model focusing on the operation of Summit Artspace.
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ARTS ALIVE! AWARDS
This celebration of arts and culture is the signature event of the Akron Area Arts Alliance. It recognizes outstanding achievement in the visual, musical and performing arts plus volunteerism, leadership and support. The gala evening is filled with exciting entertainment, grand dining, an art auction and awards ceremony. The next Arts Alice event will be held in 2016.
The County of Summit, Ilene Shapiro, County Executive, provides generous in-kind support through the donation of the use of Summit Artspace. The County also provides maintenance services and a portion of the utility costs. The Akron Area Arts Alliance receives support from the Greater Akron philanthropic community. Current local grants include The Akron Community Foundation, The David C. Corbin Foundation The GAR Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and the Summa Foundation. Operating support is also provided by the Ohio Arts Council. To make a donation, click here.
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