Arts & Culture

David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, reads a poem during the River of Words poetry reading in the center’s Poetry Park. The Poetry Coalition, of which the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University is a founding member, will benefit from a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. To be given over two years, the grant, which will be administered by the Academy of American Poets, will enable the founding members of the coalition to produce national programs on themes...

Kent State University students model original designs created by Fashion School students during the school’s 2017 spring fashion show. Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has once again been named among the nation’s elite, according to new rankings from Fashion-schools.org. For fashion merchandising, the school has been rated No. 3 nationally (top 2 percent of schools considered), No. 3 nationally among public schools and colleges (top 4...

Pictured are clothing on display as part of the Kent State University MuseumThe Kent State University Museum presents its "Fashions of the Forties” exhibit that features a variety of different looks that typified the 1940s. The exhibit runs through March 2018.    

Traveling Stanzas Poetry kiosks written for Traveling Stanzas through Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, in the College of Arts and Sciences, have found their home in downtown Kent for months and recently expanded to eight Kent Campus locations. Traveling Stanzas first began in 2009 as a community arts program and was a collaboration between the Wick...

“YOU, ME, US, WE,” an exhibit and silent auction at the Downtown Gallery. A painting. A drawing. A sculpture. Kent State University students, faculty and alumni are using the universal language of art, in its many forms, to send a positive message of hope. Together, the university art community created “YOU, ME, US, WE,” an exhibit and silent auction at the Downtown Gallery in Kent. The money raised went to support...

The crew at Kent State’s Costume Shop are hard at work creating costumes for Porthouse Theatre’s production of “9 to 5.” On a morning in early June, the Costume Shop at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts was filled with sounds—sewing machines buzzing, radio blasting, women chattering and laughing. With less than a week to go before Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre opened its 49th season with the musical “9 to 5”—based on the hit 1980...

The set of "Family Ties" at Human Race Theatre Company. Photo by Tamara Honesty. Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance professor Tamara L. Honesty is helping bring a beloved 1980s television series to the stage in the Human Race Theatre Company's world premiere production of "Family Ties." Honesty serves as scenic designer for the production which runs June 1-25 at Human Race's venue in Dayton, Ohio and continues...

Kent State Scenic Design students design set for Regional Emmy Awards Kent, OH – A group of undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Theatre and Dance’s scenery design course have been invited to design and build the set for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Emmy Award ceremony taking place June 17 at the Cleveland Hilton. Advised by assistant...

Kent State fashion design and business student Madeline Mehler These days, consumers can buy the latest clothing trends quickly and inexpensively. But, critics say, this “fast fashion” can be detrimental to the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 84 percent of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator. The EPA also says the...

Participants from the 2016 Piano Institute pose for a group photo. The highly gifted pre-collegiate pianists came from the United States, China and Malta to Kent State University for the highly intensive and prestigious festival. The 2017 Piano Institute, in association with the Piano Division of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, will present a series of master classes and recitals from June 9-18 on the university’s campus and culminate with the June 18 gala concert at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall in Cleveland. This program is a...