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The Akron Soul Train is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

About Us

Akron Soul Train is an artist residency village connecting and empowering the

community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all

creative disciplines, thereby fostering a more vibrant downtown Akron.

Akron Soul Train Vision Statement:

Akron Soul Train will be a nationally renowned Northeast Ohio art village serving

as a magnet to attract and promote diverse artists and artistic expression.  We

will be a catalyst for the arts, offering a destination for Greater Akron residents

to engage with artists and participate in the artistic process.  In alliance with

other community organizations, we will inspire the minds and lives of artists and

our various audiences.

Core Values

  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Community
  • Creativity

AST is committed to ensuring the diversity of its board, staff, volunteers, and programming. We accomplish this through leadership, values, policies, and practices. We define diversity in terms of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical disabilities, age, parental status, and socio-economics. We respect different experiences and cultures across this diversity and will work to create a culture in which diverse people feel supported, recognized, and rewarded in making their best contributions to the mission of our organization.


The board membership and talent pipeline shall be made up of smart, talented,engaged, and knowledgeable women and men from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, cultural, professional, and class backgrounds. The board will develop and implement ongoing plans for its sustainable visibility, outreach, and recruitment to diverse communities. The board shall monitor and report its progress toward these goals annually. The board and staff will adopt appropriate benchmarks to measure annual progress. In the event that AST is not meeting the benchmarks, AST will evaluate what additional and more aggressive steps must be taken to meet the benchmarks.