“Streets and their sidewalks, the main public places of a city, are its most vital organs. Think of a city and what comes to mind? Its streets. If a city’s streets look interesting, the city looks interesting; if they look dull, the city looks dull.”
- Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Downtown Akron was once full of life and energy. Today, much of its street-level infrastructure is vacant. This project will engage audiences through the physical transformation of the city's neglected and underutilized urban spaces. It will facilitate opportunities for unexpected and exciting encounters with the city and its buildings. To see sites under consideration for The Curated Storefront click the box below: 

Curated Storefronts

O'Neil's Building

A digital photograph portrait series of empowered women entitled #Overlooked by Shane Wynn and paintings of oil, tar, and varnish by John Sokol.

Akron-Summit County Public Library

#iHeartAkron, a site specific interactive installation by Markus Vogl and Margarita Benitez that behaviorally changes based on Twitter hashtags.

Cascade Plaza

Paintings about time and space prompted by conversations about the social and cultural fabric of the city by Nathan Prebonick.

Birth & Death Building

Salvaged from deconstructed houses, wooded newel posts were redesigned into lamps by Dominic Falcione to warm up a darkened space.

High & Market St. Deck

Site specific installation work by Dana L. Depew.

United 1 Building

Showcasing the work of Charles Beneke, Casey Vogt, Michael Marras, and Melissa Markwald along side two paintings from the Rogers Family Foundation by international artists Ericailcane of Italy and Vasily Shulzhenko of Russia.