The Akron Art Museum’s second year of the community-activated art project, Inside|Out will expand its reach in 2016. The museum will partner with eight new neighborhoods to install 40 art reproductions from the museum’s collection in and around the city.
Last year, the museum installed 30 reproductions at outdoor locations in six neighborhoods in and around the Akron area. Inside|Out was made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The City of Barberton is one of four communities scheduled to receive Inside|Out artworks when the project resumes this spring. Barberton Mayor William B. Judge said, “The city of Barberton is excited to have been chosen as one of the participants in the Akron Art Museum’s Inside|Out Project. I look forward to this year’s Inside|Out Project as we continue to build our Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Barberton. The Arts are very important to our community in terms of awareness, showcasing area talent, providing a venue for artists, the local economy, and helping to redevelop the city.”
Along with the city of Barberton, the spring 2016 (April through June) installations include the Akron neighborhoods Firestone Park, Kenmore, Northwest Akron and Wallhaven. In the fall (August through October) artwork will travel to the city of Kent and the Akron neighborhoods of South Akron and Summit Lake, Goodyear Heights and the Merriman Valley. Each neighborhood will receive 10 outdoor installations of high-quality, framed reproductions from the Akron Art Museum’s world-class collection.
Brochures and maps of the installation sites will be distributed throughout each neighborhood and will be available at the Akron Art Museum and online at the museum’s website.
The Akron Art Museum staff will work with community partners to plan out the locations of the artwork and to create programming and events inspired by the artwork. Last year, the museum had successful partnerships with the International Institute of Akron, Better Block in North Hill, Akron Bike Party, The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, Summit County Historical Society and the Akron2Akron walking tours, among others.
“One of the really great results of Inside|Out is that it gives the museum a chance to get to know the community,” said project coordinator Roza Maille. “It has been such a wonderful experience working with all the dedicated and enthusiastic people in Akron neighborhoods and nearby cities. I look forward to the ongoing friendships we formed in 2015, and to building relationships with our new community partners in 2016.”
Updates about the project will be posted on the Akron Art Museum’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Starting in April, downloadable maps and event information can be found at AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out.
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