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Pokemon Go part of Saturday arts event in Akron

October 4, 2018

Pokemon Go part of Saturday arts event in Akron

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau will host Good Art Hunting, a Saturday event that encourages community members to explore downtown Akron’s public art while playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go.

Good Art Hunting will begin at Cascade Plaza and run from noon to 5 p.m.. The event will feature stops known as “PokeStops” at various art installations. The stops will feature art from Curated Storefront, Art Bomb Brigade and Kai Wick, along with facts about artists. The stops also will offer participants the opportunity to increase their rates of spawning, which is beneficial to game play.

Game players are encouraged to take selfies and pictures of Pokemon Go characters using the art as a backdrop and share the pictures on Instagram using #GoodArtHunting for a chance to win prizes.

The event is funded by the Niantic/Knight Fellows Program, which launched in 2018 as a partnership between Pokemon Go creator Niantic, Inc., and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program features a class of five fellows who will use Niantic technologies, such as those found in Pokemon Go, to create a positive impact in their communities by developing programs that aim to create a positive impact, promote social learning and foster civic engagement.

The Good Art Hunting event was developed by Niantic/Knight Fellow Roger Riddle, who is the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau’s marketing and social media manager. It’s one of three such events Riddle is planning as part of his fellowship.

“Being able to partner with Niantic and Knight Foundation to highlight the exciting and positive things happening around Akron is an incredible opportunity,” said Riddle in a news release. “This event gives me an opportunity to expose others to the beautiful art that can be found all around downtown and tell people more about the artists and the curators who have made it all happen.”

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