The new executive director a Freeport arts organization said she wants to increase its interactions and involvement in the community.

Dana Legawiec said she looks forward to helping the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Freeport collaborate with organizations in and around Freeport to elevate arts and artistic experiences for members of the community.

“My main priority is to build on existing relationships with schools, artists and community members and help ACAF to meet the needs of the community,” said Legawiec. “I want to invite more conversations about what ACAF can do, mean or facilitate for our community.”

Legawiec will assume the new leadership role July 1. “It’s exciting and thrilling,” she said. “I feel a great sense of responsibility toward the community. It makes me feel hopeful about arts and community that there is a sort of commitment being made at the moment.”

She said the arts allow us to

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An Akron Public Schools teacher and community artist has been helping young high school artists leave their mark, guided in a yearly summer program. He’s also helped countless other young artists through his teaching, much like he was encouraged when he was a student. 

Dan Coffield, 38, has been serving as the education coordinator for the Akron Arts Lift Program for 12 years, helping Director Elisa Gargarella. 

During the school year, Coffield is an art teacher at Firestone High School in the Akron School for the Arts program. For the first two weeks after school is out, he and Gargarella work with 15 to 20 high school students from Akron Public Schools on a community project. 

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What is Arts lift?

Arts Lift was started 20 years ago by Gargarella as a summer resident art program. Students

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CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago nonprofit formed to highlight the lack of leaders of color within the city’s arts and cultural systems is asking artists of color to imagine what the nation’s third-largest city could look like without stubborn inequities in art, theater and other institutions.

The first phase of Enrich Chicago’s new program, called Imagine Just, begins this month. The series of brainstorming sessions will ask artists, performers and other Chicagoans to imagine what an equitable arts and cultural scene could look like.

Nina Sánchez, co-director of Enrich Chicago, sees the project as an expansion of the organization’s focus on anti-racism training and education within Chicago’s arts and cultural community.


The organization was founded in 2014 by former leaders of the influential Joyce Foundation and the Auditorium Theatre. It now counts more than 50 arts and cultural organizations as partners.

But the coronavirus pandemic and widespread activism during the

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PORT CLINTON – The annual Port Clinton Arts and Crafts Festival made perhaps its biggest splash yet in what was its first time being held at Waterworks Park on Saturday. 

While there was plenty of paint, fabric and photography on display at the scenic location near the Port Clinton Lighthouse along the coast of Lake Erie, the festival hosted artists of all kinds working with a vast array of mediums.

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council has been organizing the event for nearly 15 years, but this year was its first at Waterworks Park, which was adequate space for the roughly 70 exhibitors and even more visitors taking advantage of the nicer weather.

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Shirley Frater, of Walbridge, shared a large collection of her unique work, textural art created with thousands of small torn napkins, repurposed picture frames and other materials.

Artist uses napkins as a medium and creates distinct impressions

Shirley Frater, of Walbridge, shared a

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