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The Akron Art Museum's Inside|Out project launches its final installation of 40 artworks this August. By then the two-year project, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will have reached 14 communities including 11 Akron neighborhoods and the nearby cities of Cuyahoga Falls, Barberton, and Kent.
At the completion of Inside|Out, the museum will have installed high-quality, framed reproductions of artwork from the Akron Art Museum's collection in over 140 outdoor locations throughout the region.
After October 2016, Inside|Out will transform into the museum's new Knight Foundation funded Akron Art Library.
In the meantime, starting in August area residents can find art in unexpected places in the communities of Goodyear Heights, South Akron & Summit Lake, the Merriman Valley, and the city of Kent. The Akron Art Museum is proud to partner with the R.I.G.H.T. Committee, South Street Ministries, Let's Grow Akron, Weathervane Playhouse, Summit Metro Parks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Main Street Kent, and Kent State University to bring the fall 2016 version of Inside|Out to audiences in the four communities. Ten reproductions will be installed in each neighborhood or city through the end of October.
Heather Malarcik of Main Street Kent said, "We're thrilled that the Inside|Out Program is coming to Kent. Our community is full of artists and people who appreciate all kinds of art, so we'll have lots of fun with this! Main Street Kent is focused on bringing vibrancy to our downtown, and this sure is one way to do it."
The Akron Art Museum will host four block parties at the museum--one for each community. The parties coincide with the Downtown@Dusk music series and will be held in the museum's new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Each block party will be from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and will include music, art activities, and a docent-led gallery tour of the original artwork that is included in the Inside|Out project. The dates, communities, and bands are as follows:
Aug. 11 - South Akron & Summit Lake, with Red Light Roxy
Aug. 18 - Kent, with 15 60 75 The Numbers Band
Aug. 25 - Goodyear Heights, with Half Cleveland
Sept. 1 - Merriman Valley, with Angie Haze Project
Because of the success of Inside|Out, the Akron Art Museum will launch new project that will let people experience art in their own homes - the Akron Art Library. The idea, which won a Knight Arts Challenge award, will let any resident with a library card check out artwork as they would books, allowing people to temporarily display extraordinary works of original art in their own homes. Many of the artworks included in the Akron Art Library will be commissioned from local and regional artists. Like Inside|Out, the art lending library supports the Akron Art Museum's mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art by making original works of art more accessible to Akron and Summit County residents and by nurturing a wider audience in art appreciation.
Updates about both projects will be posted on the Akron Art Museum's social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Starting in Aug., downloadable Inside|Out maps and event information can be found at AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out.