Our mission is to provide work readiness training and meaningful education in the arts to Akron’s youth; to create a mentoring program between youth and established artists; to create public awareness of the importance of arts and arts education; and to foster our cultural awareness and promote the greater Akron community.
The Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience is Mayor Dan Horrigan’s way of extending a unique opportunity for young people to explore the arts. Such opportunities are often provided to students that excel in athletics and academics, but seldom offered to those with artistic interests. It is an opportunity for students to cultivate their own artistic well-being and explore the many facets of art in our community.
The Lock 3 Summer Arts Experiences is a City of Akron art workshop designed for Akron area students between the ages of 14 and 17. Students that are accepted in to the program will be required to work 100 hours over a six week time period, specializing in one of five disciplines, including visual and performing arts, that is determined during their interview. The Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience projects are typically completed at or near Lock 3 in downtown Akron. Off-site field trips are occasionally included in the Summer Arts program.
If you look around Akron, many of the art projects were created by the Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience apprentices. In order to be selected as an apprentice, you must apply (application will be posted soon) and interview for a position. When the program is complete and the apprentice has fulfilled their responsibilities, individuals will have earned valuable work experience and resume content as well as building their own network of professionals.
Components for 2016
Mural (location TBD):
Lead Artist: Stephanie “Leo” Leonardi
Orchard Gate Sculpture (Maple Street):
Lead Artist – Steve Csejtey
Lead Artist – Matt Dudack
Fashion Design (Lock 3):
Lead Artist – Eric Wagner
Painted Community Cans (Akron neighborhoods):
Lead Artist – Kelley Waickman