We know that diverse opportunities to experience arts, culture, and the environment are key to creating a vibrant and prosperous community.
For the first time in its history, Akron will be engaging in a city-wide cultural planning process to ensure arts and culture in the community is thriving. This process will be exceptionally collaborative, will evaluate existing resources, and examine the needs and desires of residents from across Akron’s 24 neighborhoods.
The Akron Cultural Plan will promote an equitable, world-class cultural environment that strengthens the City, advances cultural diversity, increases opportunities to create culture, and provides vibrant experiences for all residents and visitors.
In order to accomplish the goals of the Cultural Plan, extensive community engagement is of utmost importance and we need your help! As part of the Cultural Planning process, Designing Local is committed to being at as many cultural events throughout the City as possible and is looking for artists to manage outreach and engagement tables at community events throughout the Summer.
What is Designing Local looking from Artists?
Designing Local is looking for artists to manage a Cultural Plan table at festivals throughout the summer. Selected facilitators will be responsible for picking up a festival package from Designing Local, setting up a station at each event, and interacting with attendees and sharing information about the Cultural Plan with participants. Selected artists should anticipate spending 3-4 hours at each event.
What is included in the festival package?
Designing Local will provide you with a festival package that includes the following:
● Sign for table
● Table (if not provided by festival)
● Engagement posters
● Project rack cards with web link
● Small amount of printed surveys for people without access to mobile devices
● Talking Points
● Tattoos for Kids
● Markers and Pens for Engagement Opportunities
How much will I be paid for facilitating each event?
Each artist will be paid $150 per event for facilitation. Artists are able to apply to facilitate multiple events if desired. Artists can indicate whether they prefer to be paid by check or Venmo.
Stage Fest: June 1, 2019
Akron Zoo: Rhythm of Summer: June 1, 2019
North Hill Music Festival: June 8, 2019
Summit County Historical Society’s Family Event: July 13, 2019
Geek Fest and Comicon: July 20, 2019
Porch Rokr: August 17, 2019
Rubber City Jazz and Blues Festival August 23-25, 2019
This list is anticipated to grow as more events are announced.
How do I apply?
Send an email to Lauren at Lauren@designinglocal.com expressing your interest and the event(s) you are interested in facilitating. Letters of interest are due no later than Friday, May 24, 2019 at 12 noon.
Email Lauren at Lauren at Lauren@designinglocal.com.