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We are thrilled that ROAM has been selected as one of the winners in this year’s Knight Arts Challenge!

The Knight Arts Challenge is an initiative of the Knight Foundation in Akron, and its goal is to fund the best ideas that connect people to place and to each other through the arts.  

As a winner, ROAM has been awarded $30,000 from the Knight Arts Challenge over 2 years ($15,000 for each year) for the Akron Heritage Music Project.   

The purpose of the Akron Heritage Music Project is to document, preserve, and build awareness of regional music through live musical performances in, or inspired by, historic locations that tell the story of Akron’s past.  Each site will host a recording session and a free live concert open to everyone in the community featuring music and storytelling inspired by the history of the site.  A podcast series inspired by each concert and historic location will be produced in order to share the music and stories to an even larger audience.

We are grateful to the Knight Foundation for this grant award, and look forward to working in the Akron community.

Read about the winners of the Knights Arts Challenge here:


by Amanda Rabinowitz Dec. 6, 2018

by Amanda Rabinowitz Dec. 6, 2018

Stop the hate - WKSU - Shuffle

Shuffle: A Songwriting Competition That’s About More Than Music.
Amanda Rabinowitz went into the classroom with teaching artist Diana Chittester, and got to see the Stop the Hate program in action. Check out the full article here.


Stop the HAte - The Plain Dealer

Chuck Crow from The Plain Dealer wrote a feature on the “Stop the Hate” program. This article featured the song “No Guns” by students at the Lincoln West Tech School.

First Voice Ohio - wviz/pbs

Ohio boasts a rich musical heritage that covers every type of American Roots Music from folk, bluegrass, blues, New Orleans jazz, Cajun to jug-band. But many Ohioans don't know much about the music and the musicians who play it. To bring more attention to this creative Ohio asset, the nonprofit music and education organization Roots of American Music in partnership with WVIZ/PBS produced the one-hour documentary "FIRST VOICE, OHIO", highlighting unique roots music from around the Buckeye state. The artists, all of whom have made significant contributions to their musical genres were filmed in a variety of locations around the state, telling their stories and playing their music. An earlier version of this was included in the 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival. A special thank you to the Ohio Arts Council for help fund this project. You can view the full documentary here.