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Chamber Announces First Recipient of its Arts & Culture Award


Greater Akron—On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Greater Akron Chamber announced the recipient of its inaugural Arts and Culture Award. The award was presented in collaboration with Summit County’s new arts organization, “ArtsNow” and was given to Braun & Steidl Architects.

Braun & Steidl has built a culture of contributing to the local arts and cultural environment since its inception in 1983.  Winner of numerous design awards, including the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award, it has restored and repurposed historical buildings and created new and exciting designs throughout Summit County.
They were recognized for their countless staff volunteer hours and strong leadership roles in supporting community organizations such as: Stan Hywet, Weathervane Playhouse, Ballet Excel Ohio, Brass Band of the Western Reserve, and the Summit County Historical Society just to name a few.  

“Their impact has improved the quality of place in the Greater Akron Community and will hopefully inspire other businesses to incorporate the arts into their own business practices,” said Daniel C. Colantone, President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber.  Robert Habel, AIA, Principal of Braun & Steidl, was present to accept the award.

The Chamber participates in the Business Task Force of ArtsNow, which emerged from the 2014 Summit County Arts & Culture Initiative, funded by the GAR Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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