Monthly Archives: September 2015

Four Historic Murals Installed in Downtown Louisville

Just in time for this year’s Constitution Parade, four murals by artist Tommy Morgan were installed in downtown Louisville last week. Each mural celebrates a different moment in the city’s history: 1) the first grist mill in 1807, 2) the brick-making industry of the 1800’s, 3) an 1881 river baptism, and 4) the 1903 streetcars. The murals are part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville to transform three blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place.”

Tommy Morgan is a professional artist from Stark County with many public art projects locally and nationally. “We asked Tommy to create paintings that would capture four Louisville historical moments,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. Four local building owners were approached for permission to mount the banner murals on their buildings for the next two years. Cynthia Kerchner of Kerchner’s, Ashley McCauley of Rae’s Jewelry, Tom Edwards of the Insurance Center, and Steve Coon of the Fitness Center all agreed. “Then we had the paintings blown up and printed on large banners and asked Coon Restoration to help us put them up,” says Hankins. “Somehow it all came together and we got them done in time for the big parade.”

Dancing with Canton’s Stars Returns to the Palace Nov 14

This year the Canton Palace Theatre celebrates a milestone in its largest annual fundraiser. This is the 5th year the stars of Canton will be competing in a special one night event, Dancing with Canton’s Stars 5! Modeled after the popular TV show, local stars are paired with professional dancers from the area and compete to win the mirrorball trophy.  The winner is determined by your votes! So be sure to vote for your favorite star, now through the end of the show on Saturday, November 14th. This year’s stars include Ben Biery, Toni Ann Cotopolis, Alex Fisher, Jeremy Guenther, John Ianigro, Mark Prestier, Maranda Saling, Jennifer Spring, Vicky Sterling, and Tammy Stutzman. Head over to: to cast your vote for the next winner of Dancing with the Canton Stars, and reserve your tickets for the show and VIP reception on November 14th!

Voting is $10 per vote. Reserved tickets are $12 and tickets to the VIP reception are $40.


Ahh Gallery Opens Aviation Show on October 8

On Thursday October 8 from 5 – 8 pm, the Arts and History Gallery will open an exhibit of aviation artifacts and art by Douglas Curtiss and Sherry Lee Boggs. The show will feature photographs, military models, uniforms, ammunition boxes, and airplane parts — as well as pencil art that celebrates aviation history. In addition, the Historical Society will present an exhibit on the local aviation history of Louisville. For almost a year now, the Arts & History Gallery (120 East Main), or “Ahh Gallery,” has been offering the community arts and history exhibits as a project of the Louisville -Nimishillen Historical Society.


Sherry Boggs began studying art at the age of eleven. Her personal goal is to capture the spirit and imagination of aviators throughout history. She has been the featured artist at numerous air shows, and her art has been displayed in Canada, England, and Italy. Together Doug and Sherry present their artifact collection and artwork under the name of the 48th Maintenance Company. The Aviation Show will run through mid-November, and Veterans Day will fall on November 11.


The Ahh Gallery is part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville. 20/20 Vision Louisville is a plan for transforming three blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place.”

Yoga in the Street fills 4th Street with yogis

Our first Yoga in the Street was such a huge success, let’s do it again!

The Canton Arts District wants to fill 4th Street NW (between Cleveland and Dewalt) with yogis as they sponsor the second “Yoga in the Street” event on Saturday, September 26 at 10am. Beginners to advanced, kids to kids at heart are welcome to join in for this free yoga practice led by Topaz, Amy, and Cassandra of Downtown Yoga. So bring your mat and enjoy! After yoga, stick around to explore some of the Shops of 4th Street like Arrowhead in Downtown Canton, Stoffers Market, Joe Albert Signature Series, Bliss, Collective Skate and Cool Again or jump across the street to visit the ever popular Canton Farmers’ Market for fresh fruit and veggies, baked goods, plants, and more. On Cleveland Avenue, make sure to stop in to Second April Galerie & Studios.

It’s all here, in the Canton Arts District; the most walkable, funky, fun downtown in Ohio.

Sponsored by ArtsinStark, the Canton Arts District, the Shops of 4th Street, Downtown Yoga, and Buzzbin Art and Music Shop.

Arts Council Seeks Projects to Grant in Stark County

It all starts with a great idea and that’s what ArtsinStark is looking for as they open their 10th annual granting cycle. September 8, 2015 marks the opening of the Special Project grants, open to Stark County nonprofit organizations and individual artists (performance and visual).

Awards will range from $750 to $3,500 for projects that will be completed by December 31, 2016 and affecting those living, working or being educated in Stark County, Ohio. “We are looking for ideas that demonstrate outreach, impact, and high artistic quality and hope the entire county is represented,” said ArtsinStark Office Manager Anne Wadian.

The first step in ArtsinStark’s grant process is the completion of the Concept Form. “This is a simple way to assure that grant projects meet specific criteria before applicants go through the regular paperwork,” Wadian said. Concept Forms will be available in the ArtsinStark office (900 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton) and online at, from September 8 – November 2, 2015.

Once the Concept Form is received and reviewed to see that it meets granting criteria, the applicant will be sent the formal grant application. No applications will be online or in the ArtsinStark office, but only available upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.

Over the last nine years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1.4 million in Special Project Grants to more than 250 Stark County non-profits and artists never before funded.

For more information about ArtsinStark granting, please call 330-453-1075. 

BACKGROUND: ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities.   We are a 45 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, manages the Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program in the schools, 20/20 Vision, and the ELEVEN). More at Our annual budget of $3 million comes entirely from the private sector. We receive no government support. What we don’t earn, we raise each spring from individuals, companies, and foundations through the Annual Arts Campaign. In May 2015 the Campaign raised the highest amount in 45 years: $1,775,000 — to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 10 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)