RIVER IN THE CITY

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

OUR TOWN GRANT

PROJECT DETAILS


“River in the City” is a community-driven, multi-year, public art project in the City of Cuyahoga Falls. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this is the first national Our Town grant awarded in Summit County. This award is a testament to our residents, artists, and passionate supporters of arts and culture.

River in the City will bring new perspectives to our cultural, historical, environmental, and physical connections between some of Cuyahoga Falls’ key assets including our increasingly vibrant downtown and the Cuyahoga River.

Cuyahoga Falls was awarded a $50,000 NEA Our Town Grant

in April, 2021.

Photo by: Jeffrey Stroup

Photo by: Matt Weiss

MEET THE ARTISTS


Peter Jones

Peter B. Jones is a renowned potter and sculptor who resides on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He studied under Hopi artist Otellie Loloma while attending the Institute of American Indian Art

in New Mexico. His pottery, some of which is derived from traditional Iroquois pit firing, hand-built coiling and slab construction, is admired

and collected by community members, Native American art collectors,

and museums across the country and internationally. Reminiscent of

early Iroquois pottery, Jones’ art directly reflects the issues that have impacted the Hodinöhsö:ni’. Jones works mostly in stoneware and white earthenware clay.


Stacy Levy

Stacy Levy is a sculptor who works in sculptural media suggestive of ecological natural patterns and processes such as water flows. Her studio is based in rural Pennsylvania, but she works on projects around the world.  Stacy Levy studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She graduated from Yale University with a BA in Sculpture, studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University with a MFA in Sculpture.


“People often think that nature ends where the city begins. My projects are designed to allow a site within the built environment to tell its ecological story to the people that inhabit it. As a sculptor, my interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. I use art as a vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of the natural world.” - Stacy Levy

PARTNERS


Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is the place for you and your family to live and play!


Curated Storefront brings compelling art to diverse audiences through a dynamic program of installations, events, and exhibits that activate underutilized buildings and spaces in Akron, and provides artists with opportunities to expand their practices.


ArtsNow works to leverage the arts and culture sector in Summit County to support and strengthen the region’s economic and social vibrancy. We do this by connecting, collaborating, and supporting the arts, culture, and environmental resources in our region and reaching out across sectors to thread creativity throughout our communities.


Strong support of arts and culture often results in thriving communities. By cultivating local art initiatives, Collide: Cuyahoga Falls impacts our city.


DTCF - A community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing and sustaining historic Downtown Cuyahoga Falls and its riverfront as a vibrant destination by promoting economic development and enhancing our downtown for residents and visitors.


The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce serves as a gateway to the connections needed for businesses in any stage of growth to thrive. Connecting and growing our business leaders through signature events and educational programming helps businesses thrive and our community to prosper. When a business is active with the Chamber, they aren’t alone in their mission.

RESOURCES


Cuyahoga Falls Public Art Master Plan (downloadable PDF)

The History of Portage Path Booklet (downloadable PDF)