Arts Alive winners honored, replay of upcoming virtual event June 28


Last week, Summit Artspace honored 14 individuals and organizations with Arts Alive 2021 Awards at a virtual event that recognized donations from artists, arts educators and creators of change who have marked the cultural landscape of the Akron region. Those who didn’t attend the original virtual event can see its free replay at 7 p.m. Monday at

Here are the distinguished winners.

• Emerging artist Alexandria Couch, a visual artist and recently graduated from Akron University, is the program coordinator for Summit Artspace and will be attending Yale for her Masters of Fine Arts in the fall.

• Outstanding visual artist Leandra Drumm, daughter of Don and Lisa Drumm, has developed her brand, Leandra Drumm Designs, over the past two decades. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Kent State University.

Leandra Drumm, center.

• Outstanding Music Artist Floco Torres is a hip-hop musician, producer, songwriter and graphic designer. He is the director of community outreach for the Devil Strip and created the hip-hop duo Free Black! in 2018 with producer / drummer HR3.

Floco Torres

• Outstanding Theater Artist Jairo Cuesta, internationally acclaimed actor, teacher, director and co-founder of the New World Performance Laboratory in Akron, recently retired from his leadership role in its umbrella organization, the Center for Applied Theater and Active Culture. He moved to Paris.

Jairo Cuesta

• Outstanding Dance Artist Jane Startzman, who has over 50 years of dance experience, is Director of the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival and Director of Events at the Akron Civic Theater. She has danced with the Ohio Ballet, Ballet Puertorriqueno, and Tampa Ballet and was a part-time member of the dance faculty at Akron University.

Jane startzman

• Outstanding artistic educator, Andrea Karcic, artist and visual arts educator based in Macedonia, has taught, counseled and mentored art students in Canton City schools for almost 20 years. She received her BFA from KSU and her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hiram College.

Andrea Karcic

• Collaborative Project Curated Courthouse is a partnership between Summit County Probate Court and Curated Storefront. The partnership, led by Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and assisted by Lisa Mansfield, was created with matching support from the Knight Arts Challenge of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Organized courthouse

• Idea leader Wendy Duke of the Center for Applied Drama and Autism accepted the award on behalf of the non-profit organization, whose mission is, through theatrical programming, to inspire growth and empowerment of people with the autism spectrum and people with cognitive or physical disabilities. with disabilities.

Wendy Duke, top center, with the Center for Applied Drama.

• Courtney Cable, leader of Rising Arts, an artist based in Akron, is the Creative Director of Curated Storefront. She received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication with a minor in General Art from Ohio University and her Master of Arts in Administration from AU, where she also attended the Myers School of Art for Metallurgy.

Courtney Cable

• Patrons of the arts Dianne and Herbert Newman grew up in Akron and believe that supporting the arts is vital for any community. He is a developer at his company Summit Management Services and she works at Gertz & Rosen and is a consultant to Shifrin Newman Smith Inc.

Diane newman
Herbert Newman

• Arts Alive award recipient Howard Parr, who has over 30 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industry, is Managing Director of Akron Civic Theater, where he previously served as Director of Development and Planning.

Howard Parr, second from right.

• Summit Artspace Champion, the GAR Foundation grants $ 6-7 million per year to organizations and programs involved in education, economic and workforce development, basic needs, arts and culture, and education. advancement of the non-profit sector.

The GAR Foundation

• Lifetime Achievement Award winner Leslie Barnes, originally from Akron, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW). She received her associate’s degree in applied business from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies.

Leslie barnes

“These exceptional visionaries – all local creators, educators, volunteers and donors – are all critical contributors to the arts and culture landscape of Akron and beyond,” said Heather Meeker, Executive Director of Summit Artspace. “They inspire us with their vision, and Summit Artspace is excited to share their accomplishments with the community.”

Low brass is back

TubaSummer will return at 7 p.m. on August 1 for the 21st annual event, featuring local tuba, sousaphone, baritone and euphonium musicians on the lawn of Guzzetta Hall at Akron University, 157 University Ave.

Celebrity tuba teacher Emeritus Tucker Jolly will return to lead the event, which is free to audiences and musicians. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn blanket or chair.

Registration, rehearsal and the concert will take place outside on the lawn of the Guzzetta Hall, respecting restrictions related to COVID-19 and social distancing. Interested musicians can contact Jolly at [email protected] or call 330-972-8301.

The event will be canceled if it rains. Visit for late-breaking information.

Immersed in dreams

Those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the theater can experience Shadow of the Run’s ‘DreamWalkers’, a landmark project in which participants walk from stage to stage throughout the town of Bedford and choose different paths to see different aspects of history.

The show, which runs Friday through Sunday as well as July 1-3 and 9-11, has 12 performances per night, with groups of 10 starting the show experience every 15 minutes. Groups start at the ticket office at 50 S. Park St. in Bedford, which is the station depot in Town Square.

The experience lasts one hour without an intermission. Each audience moves through the city through a maze of outdoor spaces, ending in a 1920s house. The groups do not intersect.

For this theatrical experience, groups of 10 ultimately break up into small groups of five as audience members work to help Chloe’s character unravel vivid and bizarre intrigues in her subconscious. Audiences participate in Chloe’s dreams as her reality collides with her dream world.

The immersive show, written by Beth McGee and directed by Dan Hendrock of Cleveland, is Shadow of the Run’s fourth production in the Cleveland area. The company was co-founded by Adam Kern, McGee, Ben Needham and Christine Woods.

Show hours start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:30 pm The cost is $ 45. See for reservations. The event cannot accommodate wheelchair access as it involves a moderate amount of walking and climbing stairs.

Artistic writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]

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