THE BIG IDEA
@PLAY is a Knight Cities Challenge project to foster civic engagement and increase neighborhood vibrancy with a series of interactive art challenges that bring diverse people together and encourage deeper community connections.
WHAT WE DO
We take a monthly approach to research, strategize, and design projects for each of Akron's 24 neighborhoods. We research neighborhood history and connect with local leaders, advocates, and residents to gain their perspective. We bike, walk, and explore every street in the neighborhood and develop preliminary concepts that could improve local identity and quality of life.
HOW WE DO IT
We aim for a 10-year impact with every initiative and select the best concept based on local input. We then work with our partners, volunteers, local artists, and neighborhood leaders to produce a creative intervention that achieves a meaningful and lasting impact.