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Akron Soul Train and other locations

Akron ArtWalk: Literary Echoes

Akron ArtWalk celebrates Local Literary Arts & 150 years of the Akron-Summit County Public Library! Akron Soul Train will be open and free of charge from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. A short-form theatre performance, by Sara Showman will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Akron ArtWalk: Literary Echoes
Akron ArtWalk: Literary Echoes

Time & Location

Jun 14, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Akron Soul Train and other locations, 191 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

About the event

Experience the Akron ArtWalk, a quarterly celebration of the arts featuring artist vendors, creative activities, music, food, and more throughout the Historic Arts District. Admission is free and open to the public at participating venues.

In honor of Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL), which celebrates its 150th year in 2024 and occupied Summit Artspace’s historic building from 1940-1969, ArtWalk’s theme this quarter celebrates the local literary arts, with special activities and events planned.

Akron Soul Train will be open and free of charge from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. A short-form theatre performance, by Sara Showman will take place at 6:30 p.m. A native of Appalachia, specifically East Tennessee, Showman has crafted Ode to Womanhood as a heartfelt homage to the wit and resilience of the remarkable Southern women she has known and all the inspiring women in her life. This 4-minute piece celebrates female solidarity and aims to elicit both a sense of unity and a few good laughs. Current exhibitions include the Annual Member’s Exhibition, celebrating the creativity, cultural expression, and diverse experiences within the AST community, and a solo exhibition by Chen Peng, Mountains in My Living Room.

The Groundhog Show hosted by Curated Storefront Opening Night from 5 p.m. – 11 a.m. at TrueNorth Akron in and around the shipping containers. At 5:30 p.m. There will be a showing of the documentary Orlando, My Political Biography, presented by The Nightlight at the Courtyard by Marriott (41 Furnace St.). The rest of the reception will include DJ and drag performances, and live music by Benny Lava and the Guavas. Artwork awards will be announced at 9:30 p.m. The Groundhog Show exhibition and additional events continue through Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. See the Curated Storefront Google Map to learn more about all 25 locations and the artists shown at each.

The Nightlight Cinema will screen the opening night of the film I Used to Be Funny. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved in advance. The Cinema is located at 30 N High St.

The Green Dragon Inn is hosting a two-day event. Join the Fae Masquerade pre-party on Friday, June 14, from 4 p.m. 12 a.m., featuring giveaways, local vendors, raffles, D&D one-shots, and art by local artist Matt Miller. The excitement continues Saturday, during the Grand Ball from 2 p.m. – 12 a.m., where attendees can showcase their best cosplay or costume to win prizes, explore a vibrant craft market, enjoy more giveaways from local businesses, and games. The Green Dragon Inn is located at 115 E Market St.

In the Northside District, the Northside Cellar and Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio will be open until 5 p.m.

Jilly’s Music Room presents live music by St. Thomas Collective (mission-driven and community focused) at 8 p.m., The Applewhites (alternative rock) at 8:40 p.m., Orange Animal (rock/folk/blues) at 9:20 p.m., and the Joe Merlitti Band (emo/rock) at 10 p.m. General Admission is $10. Tables can be reserved online, open from 5pm-1am.

General parking for ArtWalk is available on surrounding streets, and at participating locations. Downtown restaurants welcome patrons during the evening. An introduction to the Akron ArtWalk participating businesses is available on Downtown Akron Partnership.

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