News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Akron General

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Arts and Entertainment


Akron Art Museum sculpture garden planned
Present day staff parking lot to be excavated and enclosed.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Rick and Alita Rogers explain their gift to build a new sculpture garden at the Akron Art Museum. Rick is the president of the B.W. Rogers Co. and Alita is the chairman.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Akron Art Museum announced this afternoon (Friday) that it will build an outdoor sculpture garden.   The museum has been without such a space since it opened its new building five years ago.   WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports the garden comes from donations from patrons.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:07)


(Click image for larger view.)

Retiring Akron Art Museum Director Mitchell Kahan thinks surface parking lots in downtowns are a waste of space.  He’s not the only one.

Rick and Alita Rogers of Akron have made a what officials call a seven-figure donation to turn the museum’s staff parking lot into an enclosed sculpture garden.  Rick Rogers says he remembers the space before the new building was constructed. 

“The old Meyers Sculpture Garden was an enclosed, peaceful, and contemplative space where outdoor events were held in the Summer months.  And we’ve missed  that element.  So this projects fulfills the plan for the next exciting step in the museum’s growth.”

The new garden will be named after Rogers’ parents, Bruce and Suzanne Rogers.  Known around Akron as Bud and Susie, they are longtime friends of the museum.

Kahan says the space will not only hold outdoor art, but will also be a venue for concerts including the popular Downtown at Dusk series in the summer.

Kahan is retiring January 2nd.  The museum’s interim director will be Chief Curator Janice Driesbach

Listener Comments:

In a way, I was disappointed the garden wasn't named in part after Mitch...He and chris have a love of plants like few others...How about a topiary in his honor...not surewhat animal or item he would like, but that would be great idea...

Thanks and keep up the good work...



Posted by: Greg Cznadel (Cleveland) on December 22, 2012 12:12PM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University