As the second choreographic center of its kind in the country, NCCAkron often asks what it means to be a “national” center that is neither in the physical center of the country nor the perceived center of the dance universe. Being based in Akron affords us (and by extension, the artists with whom we work) the emotional, mental, and physical space to create from a place of abundance inherent to our Northeast Ohio stomping grounds. Being national in our scope allows us to stretch—to engage artists from all over, to hold even more capacity for ideas larger than ourselves, and to be the connective thread between communities. We refer to this as operating in both the hyperlocal and the national spaces. I felt a spirit of possibility immediately upon arrival in Akron, and try to underline it in everything we do.
Kinstler, a new Brooklyn based puzzle company dedicated to highlighting the work of emerging and established contemporary artists, launches with a collection of three 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles featuring the artwork of Simone Johnson (Pure Vision Arts), Rusudan Khizanishvili (Galerie Kornfeld), and Andrea Joyce Heimer (Nino Mier Gallery, Half Gallery).