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Akron Art Museum's Inside|Out return, expands to Kent, in August

Published: July 31, 2016 12:00 AM

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.

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 has partnered 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."

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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 in the museum's new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Each block party are from 5:30 to 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:

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

The Akron Art Museum also 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.

For details, visit AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out.

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