Akron Black Artists Guild: The Future of Art is Tech

Ian Brill, Band, 20 West Mill St.,19th Floor, Akron, Ohio. Photo by LevackPhotography.com. Artwork produced by Curated Storefront with support from Downtown Akron Partnership.

Art and tech have always been like two peas in a pod, complementing each other and making each other shine. This incredible fusion is pushing the boundaries of traditional art forms, launching us into a thrilling new era of creativity. With technology on their side, artists can now venture into uncharted territories and wow us with experiences we’ve never seen before.

Georgio Sabino III, Humming Bird Magic, Augmented Reality

Thanks to tech, artists can craft immersive and interactive experiences that defy the limits of physical spaces. We’re talking about awe-inspiring, multi-sensory journeys that challenge our perceptions and ignite our imaginations—or even subtle touches that add a little extra flair.

But wait, there’s more! The blend of art and tech is also making the world of art much more accessible and inclusive. Digital platforms have broken down barriers in art creation and distribution, allowing artists from all walks of life to share their work with people around the globe, leading to a more connected and culturally-diverse art scene.

Sounds pretty fantastic, right? But what does this mean for Akron? The Akron Black Artist Guild (ABAG) has got it covered!

The Knight Foundation recently awarded the guild a grant to boost its tech capacity, and it’s been a total game-changer. Ever since, ABAG has been exploring innovative ways for artists to harness technology to elevate their work, including digital portfolios, augmented reality, virtual workshops, and so much more.

The guild recognizes the importance of Black artists being part of this ever-evolving trend, so they’re creating opportunities for artists to explore. They kicked off this initiative last month with a virtual Art + Tech Panel. The panel assembled a group of artists from across the nation to share their insights on this bold new medium. The dynamic discussion revealed a world of possibilities for local artists while also highlighting how much room is still at the table for Black artists.

Salome Asega, Iyapo Repository, collection of digital and physical artifacts