The Akron Art Museum is a cultural gem in our community. From groundbreaking exhibits, like the current “Serial Intent” show that features complete series collections from artists, to the Inside|Out program, which displays artwork throughout area neighborhoods, the Museum has just about anything for all types of people. Dominic Caruso and Jennifer Shipman talk to Shane and Ryan about the Museum’s many offerings, from the Downtown At Dusk free Thursday concert series to yoga and meditation in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden for Wellness Wednesdays. Shane also shares a story about the sheer resiliency of the Museum’s Inside|Out pieces. Be sure to check out the Art Museum at www.akronartmuseum.org.
The Winery at Wolf Creek offers a scenic overlook, locally grown wine and a 10-acre vineyard in nearby Norton. Shane and Cody speak with owner Andy Troutman about the winery's history and what makes its wine unique, and Andy introduces them to the resident goats, along with some of his favorite wines. Wolf Creek also hosts a number of special events, like Yappy Hour for dogs and their owners (which was happening during the interview). They also discuss the recent explosion and fire, during which, thankfully, no one was injured.
JT Buck is a force to be reckoned with in the arts community. He just wrapped up a successful run of “Goosetown,” a musical he wrote and composed about the South Side neighborhood’s ties to the city’s rubber history (as part of New World Performance Lab’s “Devil’s Milk Trilogy”). And more recently, he was named artistic director of Coach House Theatre, which is celebrating 90 years of performances in the community. JT talks with Shane, Cody and Chris about “a million little shifts,” a 20-year career in theatre, spending a year in Vermont with a meditative job and his favorite Akron haunts, among other topics.
For this "in between" episode, Chris ventures a few minutes south to join hundreds of families for the Canton Museum of Art’s “Night at the Museum” event, in tandem with the “Avatars: Relics from the Future” exhibit. Joined by Danielle, he speaks with a number of kids about what items they treasure, along with their hopes for the future, and their favorite jokes and stories.
Like a stream-of-consciousness verse, Akron’s poetry scene is steadily growing and taking shape, and Shane and Chris speak with three of the scene’s promising poets: Noor Hindi, Yoly and Mike Krutel. Yoly and Noor talk about the Poetry in Akron series, which enables local writers to perform their poems and spoken word, and Mike is one of the founders of the Big Big Mess Reading Series, which takes place monthly at Annabell’s. All three of the poets do a live reading, and Shane also busts out her poetry skills with an Akron-centric lyric (with promises of a Spoils of Akron rap in the near future).
Gum-Dip Theatre Founder Katie Beck has been using the arts to transform communities in Akron. Her projects combine community organizing with social empowerment, and her participants are able to tell their stories using theatre as their medium. Katie sits down with Shane and Chris to talk about "Nepali Applause: An Open Air Market/Performance Festival," a two-day event at North Hill’s Exchange House May 27 and 28, which features art, music, dance and the debut of an original play devised by six Bhutanese refugees based on their personal experiences. Among her many projects, she works with teen girls in the South Street neighborhood, along with collaborating with Firestone Park residents to help tell the story of Akron’s rubber industry heyday. Katie also talks about her ideal one-woman play and teaches Shane and Chris how to swear in Nepali. Find out more info at http://www.gumdiptheatre.com/.
It's Spoils of Akron 3.0. As the team tearfully wishes Liz a happy voyage to Key West, they introduce a brand new host (and popular past guest) Shane Wynn, a well known and talented Akronite. After officially introducing Shane, the other hosts re-introduce themselves and Shane shows off her impeccable array of animal calls. So, next time you hear what you think is a turkey or sheep, it's likely Shane with a camera.
In this week's episode, Liz and Cody speak with a few of Akron's coolest kids (literally) to find out where they like to hang out, what they like to eat and why you shouldn't let your kids go to Cody's house. Special thanks to Shane Wynn and Lauren Ward for being such cool moms and letting us interview their children.
Adam Ganuza has a cool job. As Arts Program Officer with Knight Foundation, he travels to different cities meeting people and hearing about their ideas for improving the arts. And during his current visit to Akron, he’s informing residents about the Knight Arts Challenge, where a possible $1 million is up for grabs to fund arts-based project ideas. The challenge grant is open to anyone in Akron: nonprofits, businesses, groups or individuals. Adam talks about his background as a previous Knight Arts grantee in Miami and his appreciation of the arts and love of community. He'll be at a number of events this week to help answer questions about the Knight Arts Challenge, including coffee shop hours and evening presentations. Applications are open through April 28, and for the first round of applications, all you need to provide is a 150-word description of your project idea. For more info, visit www.knightarts.org.
Akron Glass Works’ new location near the University of Akron is ideal for this glass blowing studio and gift shop, where everything is made by local artists, including the work of owner Jack Baker. On this episode (which also has an accompanying video - check out the Akronist's YouTube channel), Jack takes us through the inspiration behind Akron Glass Works, the building’s former life as a church and the company’s connection with artists, ending with a demonstration in the “hot shop,” where he creates a beautiful glass marble. To sign up for a glass-blowing workshop, contact http://www.akronglassworks.com.