By awarding grants to artistic content and innovations, we are ensuring that arts and culture are making positive contributions to Akron’s identity as a vibrant, unique, and creative community.

Our Strategies

  • Support the artistic content and sustainable business practices of diverse anchor arts organizations serving the Akron community.
  • Support innovative arts and cultural initiatives, especially those that significantly advance the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan.
  • Invest in the overall health of the arts and culture sector by supporting quality sector infrastructure.
GroundWorks DanceTheater dancers Madison Pineda, Matthew Saggiomo and Ahna Bonnette (left to right) in David Shimotakahara's "Aperture."  Photographer: Dale Dong
Akron/Summit Cultural Plan

GAR Foundation believes that a thriving city is a vibrant city, and nothing brings more vibrancy than the arts and culture sector. The Akron/Summit Cultural Plan is an investment in Akron’s future as an innovative and creative place to live.


Man painting

A grant program operated by ArtsNow that provides resources to support projects and programs that move the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan’s ten key priorities forward.