Lonley Planet Features Downtown Akron's 'Under the radar' Arts and Culture Scene

Under the radar USA: music, murals and museums in Akron, Ohio

“You’re never far from a live performance, art gallery or public art installation in Akron, Ohio. Over the past decade, this Great Lakes city – home to artists like Devo and the Black Keys – has transformed from a rundown former industrial town into a vibrant hub for artists of all kinds (and a wallet-friendly tourist paradise).

Take a colorful walking tour

Begin your cultural tour of Akron in the heart of downtown to enjoy some open-air art. In its heyday, Akron was the Rubber Capital of the World, a manufacturing hub supplying the trucking and automobile sectors. The industry’s decline in the late 20th century brought with it empty storefronts and a steep decline in population. The Curated Storefront Project has found a way to repurpose some of those storefronts around Main St by turning them into an ongoing, rotating exhibition of multimedia artworks. Consider checking it out both day and night to take advantage of some of the lighted displays. You can pop into the Akron-Summit County Public Library downtown for a Curated Storefront illuminated walk-through exhibit.”

by Heather Kerrigan, Lonley Planet Writer

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Spoils of Akron Podcast: Episode 116 Highlights Curated Storefronts and a Unique Vantage Point of Akron's Landscape

Episode 116 - Curated Storefronts, Paw-Paw Trees and Don Drumm Casserole Dishes 

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This week, we welcome the multi-talented Courtney Cable, Creative Director of the Curated Storefront program, which manages multimedia public art installations in some of downtown Akron's vacant buildings, helping to beautify these spaces as they await development. Courtney, who’s also a jewelry maker and musician, shares a unique vantage point of Akron’s arts landscape, along with leading Shane and Chris in a singalong, featuring commercial jingles for Tootsie Rolls and Ms. Pac Man Cereal. We also talk about local paw-paw harvests and getting buried in a Don Drumm casserole dish. For info about Curated Storefront, visit http://www.curatedstorefront.org/.

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