PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Erich Rüthers 28, Oct 4 mins
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El Mac (Miles MacGregor) is an internationally renowned artist born and based in Los Angeles. © Akron Civic Theatre
What is happening outside the Akron Civic Theatre is about to become as exciting as what happens inside the building

As part of its Staging the Future capital campaign, the Akron Civic Theatre has developed a public art strategy that will make a dramatic contribution to the aesthetic landscape of the areas surrounding the theater. Through capital funding, including a major gift from Rick and Alita Rogers, internationally recognized artists have been commissioned to create installations that will become attractions unto themselves. These works of art will draw national attention to the changing landscape and rebirth of downtown Akron.

The transformation will create more ways for the public to enjoy the Civic by offering an exciting collection of public art around the venue. Large-scale murals on the exterior walls of the Civic will deliver a big visual impact on the neighborhood, and additional works created by local and regional artists will create an “art park” around the building.

Muralists El Mac and Aiseborn commenced work on the Civic’s exterior wall facing W. Bowery Street overlooking Lock 4, and muralist Louise Jones (Ouizi), has begun her work on the exterior wall on S. Main St. overlooking Lock 3. The outdoor donor wall honoring leadership gifts to the Staging the Future capital campaign will be designed by Rochester, New York-based glass artist Nancy Gong. The installation will be located on the elevator wall along the S. Main St. sidewalk adjacent to the entry point of the Civic’s arcade.

The Civic’s public art strategy also includes as many as ten works commissioned or acquired from local and regional artists. The theater will announce its process for selecting local artists in the coming months.

“The Akron Civic Theatre’s intentional work to ensure that local voices help to inform public art will be…

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