The Creative Business Center at Summit Artspace is the result of a $200,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in June of 2010. The second floor has been transformed from an empty shell to a vibrant and innovative contemporary center for creative entrepreneurs to grow their business in a collaborative arts-oriented environment.
Amenities for tenants include open shared office space, elegant conference rooms, kitchenette, break room, work room with copier and free on-site parking.
Completing the features on the 2nd floor is approximately 3,000 square feet for performances, rehearsals, art installations, video production and events, etc.
Both the Knight Conference Suite and Event Space are available at affordable rental rates to the public.
Centrally located in downtown Akron at 140 E. Market Street, the historic Summit Artspace building was built in 1927 to house the Akron Beacon Journal, the first newspaper of the Knight organization. At the time, it was Akron’s first art deco-style structure and the most expensive ever built at a cost of over a million dollars.
In 1942, seeking space for its growing collection, the Akron Public Library moved into the building until its present location on Main Street was completed in 1969. Eventually, the building was purchased by Summit County and in 2002, the Akron Area Arts Alliance leased Summit Artspace from the county, moving their offices into the building along with the opening of the Summit Artspace Gallery on the first floor.