Things to Do Spotlight: Downtown Live & Local

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Akron, OH – Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP), with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, introduces a new event series, Downtown Live & Local. This series debuts on Saturday, June 1 in conjunction with the monthly Artwalk. The event features Film & Fashion, a collaboration between DAP, Akron Film+Pixel and NOTO boutique. Highlights include the Designer Challenge, Summer Fashion Show and the Short Attention Span Film Festival with public text-to-vote competitions. Additional performers and activities are added throughout the Artwalk footprint from 5-10 p.m.

NOTO Designer Challenge and Summer Fashion Show

NOTO, Downtown’s premiere women’s fashion boutique, returns with spot on trends not meant for the faint at heart. The Designer Challenge takes place at the Trolley Barn behind Austen BioInnovation Institute (47 N. Main St.) at 7 p.m. and features five local fashion designers. This will be followed by the fifth annual Summer Fashion Show that brings the best in fashion, music and models. The public can cast votes for their favorite designer via text or by tablet kiosks at the event. The winning designer is announced at 8 p.m. and will have her line featured and available for purchase this summer at NOTO.

“This year is unique with a down-to-earth, festival inspired theme,” said Lauren Ward, owner of NOTO. “In the past it’s been fast paced with electronic music. The Shivering Timbers are performing this year so it will be the exact opposite - a folksier, upbeat, cool twist. Plus, there is a solid group of pieces being shown. It’s all very exciting.”

Live music by Shivering Timbers and vinyl spinning by DJ Moose Malloy begin at 6 p.m. Fashion show styles will be available for purchase immediately after the show. Guests can also enjoy a braid bar by MC Hair Consultants and cuisine from The Orange Trük.

The event is free to attend, but special VIP tickets are available for $25 each and include seated fashion show admission and two drink tokens. Purchase tickets at, by phone at 330-451-6686 or in-store at 76 S. Main St. Complete details are at

Akron Film+Pixel Short Attention Span Film Festival

Akron Film+Pixel recruited 60-second-or-less films from budding and established film makers for screening at multiple venues Downtown. Short Attention Span Film Festival submissions will be shown on a continuous loop at 43 Furnace, We Gallery and Summit Artspace, and projected on the north end of the John S. Knight Center. A total of 26 films, 16 of which are local or from Ohio natives, range from comedic and dramatic to abstract.

“We’re excited to present another brisk set of films for the Artwalk crowd this year,” said Steve Felix, executive director of Akron Film+Pixel. “It’s fun to assemble a snappy mix of shorts and see them projected outside. Brevity is a virtue -- we get to showcase many filmmakers and keep the audience on their toes.”

Guests vote for their favorite film via text or at tablet kiosks at each venue. The winning film maker is revealed at 9:45 p.m. and receives a cash prize courtesy of Downtown Akron Partnership. For more information, visit


for the Designer Challenge and the Short Attention Span Film Festival takes place during a limited time frame and only within Downtown Akron. This encourages guests to attend and experience the event. Register to vote by texting “AKRON” to 25827 and following the prompts, on site at the film festival venues and Trolley Barn, or pre-registering at

Added Activities

Live & Local participants will also enjoy up close and personal experiences with performers strolling the footprint including RiverFall and members of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Zydeco Bistro’s food truck will also be stationed at 43 Furnace in the Northside District.

For more information, visit

Artwalk Map and Trolley and Parking Information

An Artwalk map is available on the trolley, at participating Artwalk locations and at Two city trolleys circulate the route stopping at each Artwalk venue. Gallery spaces are open between 5-10 p.m. with opening and closing hours fluctuating at each gallery.

About Downtown Akron Partnership

The mission of Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is to promote and build a vibrant and valuable Downtown. DAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life to the heart of Akron. Through strategic marketing, clean and safe programs and management of Downtown’s resources, DAP works to promote Downtown as a gathering place in the center of our community.

DAP’s members include property owners, business leaders and government officials who want to improve the image of Downtown as a safe, convenient location for businesses, working professionals and families. DAP is governed by a Board of Trustees as diverse as the interests of our city.

About Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

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