Contemporary dance in a cemetery. An eye-catching mural on a wall along a well-traveled street. Indie bands rocking out on porches in an urban neighborhood. Dracula on pointe shoes in a vacant storefront.
During “Pop up: Art in Unexpected Places,” a free workshop Nov. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., local artists and organizers will talk about the magic and nitty-gritty of presenting visual and performing arts in unusual venues. How do these events need to be publicized differently? How do you navigate city regulations and liability issues? What fabulous, unused venues are waiting in plain sight?
Presented by the Akron Area Arts Alliance (AAAA) and underwritten by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, “Pop Up” Will be at AAAA’s Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. Open to AAAA members and the public, the free workshop will also include refreshments.
Moderated by AAAA Vice President Elaine Guregian, former arts writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, the “Pop Up” presenters include visionary Akron developer Tony Troppe, Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival director Jane Startzman, Neos Dance Theatre co-artistic director Bobby Wesner, Highland Square Porch Rokr organizer Anita Marron and University of Akron art education professor Elisa Gargarella.
Also during the workshop, audience members will be encouraged to share ideas and ask the panelists questions. The workshop’s timing is ideal: the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is currently soliciting funding proposals for programs that engage and enrich Akron – including arts projects in unexpected places.
Registration is encouraged. Contact AAAA at (330) 376-8480 or [email protected].