Organization Summary – Akron Zoo
The Akron Zoo’s mission is to connect your life to wildlife, while inspiring life-long learning and conservation action.
We serve our community in the following ways:
Project Overview – IlluminART
This special event will take place in the spring. April 1 – June 1, 2024 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and select evenings during Akron’s spring break. The event will span a total of 21 nights. IlluminART will focus on art, light and endangered species. We have partnered with Project Holocene, an artist that will create 15 large illuminated wildlife paintings of endangered species. To enhance the wildlife art, we have engaged a local artist who specializes in video projections. There will be two video projections in the park along with the illuminated wildlife paintings.
As guests move through the park, they will enjoy the animals, wildlife art, food, drinks, rides and two projected shows that run on a continuous loop.
The Akron Zoo wants to collaborate with local visual artists who will create pieces to be displayed during IlluminART in the spring of 2024. Pieces must focus on endangered species, nature and/or ecosystems.
Art pieces could include, but proposals are not limited to:
The following must be incorporated into the artwork:
Please submit concepts and description of artwork no later than noon on September 20, 2023. Submittals should include the following:
Artist are encouraged to submit via an online form which can be found at: https://shorturl.at/bAMN6
If submitting through the form is impossible, artists can submit their proposal via e-mail to email@example.com
Please title each file/image with artist’s name.
A cross-departmental team of zoo staff who have been designing and coordinating the spring event will make up the selection committee. Submissions will be received by noon on September 20, 2023. The artists will be notified the mid-October 2023 via e-mail.
Summit Artspace is interested in the many ways in which BIPOC+ artists impact our communities through their art. One artist will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support the creation of a solo exhibition in Summit Artspace’s Horizon Gallery. Click here to apply.