Chicago-based artist and Akron native Danny Volk will bring his popular YouTube interview series to his hometown this September as a winner of the Knight Arts Challenge. The project will be funded in part by a matching grant of $12,500 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Volk will schedule free live performances of his project, “Made-Up with Danny Volk: The Akron Sessions” at area venues this fall. Made-Up with Danny Volk (MUwDV) is a unique video/live series in which artist Danny Volk interviews other artists about their work. As Danny asks questions, the artists do his makeup, resulting in an intimate, personal in-depth conversation about art and life. The purpose of this project is to educate the public about artists and art organizations in the area while promoting the artists’ work and the missions of the organizations.
As an effort to raise funds for the matching grant, a fundraising event will take place at the Akron Art Museum on Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. During the event, attendees will learn more about the project and experience an exclusive preview of what is to come in September.
Volk will interview Victoria Rogers, vice president of the Arts Program at Knight Foundation. Tickets are available to purchase ahead of time via Eventbrite and may be purchased at the door the day of the event. Admission is $10 before the event and $15 at the door. Ticket price includes a musical performance by local band, Comfort Clouds, light refreshments and a cash bar. An after-party will follow the event where attendees will be able to talk to Danny and the curator at Uncorked Wine Bar about the upcoming project.
Eight separate interviews and events will be scheduled during the month of September and will be the seventh season of the series. The eight visual artists selected will be based in the Akron region or have ties to the city in some way. Each event will be held at a different location, will be free of charge and open to the public. The schedule will be announced this summer. Videos of the interviews will be available for a larger national and international audience via the MUwDV YouTube Channel. Attendees to the fundraiser and the fall events will have a chance to appear in the online series.
For event tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/made-up-w-danny-volk-fundraiser-tickets-32608336412.
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About Danny Volk:
Danny Volk is an Akron native living in Chicago who earned his M.F.A. in Visual Arts from The University of Chicago. He has done six previous seasons of MUwDV in Chicago and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada as a way to promote artists and organizations. He has interviewed major artists such as Jessica Stockholder, Pope L., and Theaster Gates using this platform.