Monthly Archives: March 2017

Costume Historian Bobi Garland Is MassMu’s NEA Big Read Keynote Speaker

Costume historian Bobi Garland will be the keynote speaker for this year’s NEA Big Read, orchestrated by the Massillon Museum in partnership with the Massillon Public Library. The program will be held Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (156 Lincoln Way East) in downtown Massillon. The event will be free and open to everyone with no reservations required.
Garland’s presentation will complement the book selected by the Massillon Museum for this year’s NEA Big Read, True Grit by Charles Portis. The keynote is one of 30 public events scheduled to enhance the community’s experience of reading the book.
From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., immediately prior to the keynote address, the public is invited to visit the Massillon Museum (121 Lincoln Way East) during extended hours to view the second-floor exhibition, Westward Ho! True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts, which includes costumes from the 2010 Coen Brothers’ Paramount Pictures film, True Grit, that Garland will discuss in her keynote address. TheWild (Mid)West exhibit, also part of the NEA Big Read, will be on view in the lower level.  
The theatre is just across the street from the Museum. Free parking—within easy walking distance of both venues—is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.
Garland is uniquely qualified to talk about the True Grit costumes, as she worked with Academy Award nominee costume designer Mary Zophres, who designed the costumes for the film.  (Zophres was also nominated for an Academy Award for the costume design for La La Land.) For the exhibition, Paramount Pictures has loaned four costumes worn during filming by the main characters.
Actor Jeff Bridges wore the U.S. Marshall Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn costume that will appear in the exhibition, and Matt Damon wore the Texas Ranger La Beouf costume that will be displayed. Two of the costumes worn by actress Hailee Steinfeld, who played Mattie Ross, will be included.
Garland believes that how we dress is a powerful language that communicates who we are as individuals and as a people. She has consulted with Academy Award-winning costume designers at the world-famous Western Costume Company’s Costume Archive and Research Library.
Garland has worked closely with designers—Mary Zophres, Colleen Atwood, Arianne Phillips, Sandy Powell, and Janey Bryant—on film and television costuming projects.  As a museum collections manager, she supervised the growth of Western Costume Company’s valuable 6,000 piece film/television costume archive. The internship program she initiated there provided more than 200 students with training for careers in costume, library science, and museum studies.
Since 2014, Garland has worked as an independent consultant. Her clients have included Walt Disney Pictures, Electronic Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas, and The Autry Museum. The legacy project she spearheaded with UCLA’s Department of Oral History to record the personal and professional stories of talented artists working in costume for film and television has become a valuable model.
Garland currently teaches Costume History at Otis College of Art and Design. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she also holds a certificate in Museum Collections Management from California State University Long Beach, which has honored her for outstanding contributions to education.
The Massillon Museum is one of only 77 organizations nationally—the only institution in Ohio—to receive NEA Big Read grant funding for the 2016–2017 cycle. MassMu will distribute 1,600 free copies of True Grit, along with calendar bookmarks, to local schools, organizations, and individuals. The Museum has been selected to participate in the NEA Big Read for ten consecutive years. By the end of this NEA Big Read project, it will have distributed 23,535 free books to encourage reading among local residents.
In addition to the NEA grant in partnership with Arts Midwest, funding is provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit  For a complete listing of local NEA Big Read events, pick up a bookmark at the Museum’s reception desk, where free books will be available as long as the supply lasts, or visit
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
April Olsen, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager / NEA Big Read Coordinator  –  330-833-4061 x104

ArtsinStark to Award $40,000 for “Super Bowl III” Mural

The ELEVEN is a public art project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history. Four of the ELEVEN moments have been completed to date. ArtsinStark is inviting any artist over 18 years of age living in Stark County to submit a concept for a $40,000 commission for moment number five: a mural to be entitled Super Bowl III.

The mural will go on the side of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton. The artist selected will receive $5,000 for a painting or drawing of the Super Bowl III moment, and $35,000 for painting the mural on the wall. If the winning artist is not a muralist, the artist will be paid $5,000 for the design, and ArtsinStark will hire a mural team to do the installation. In addition to the winning artist, ArtsinStark will also award $500 prizes to the next top five artists.

All entries must be submitted by Monday April 10 at ArtsinStark will unveil the mural on Friday, August 4 at the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Festival. The sponsors of Super Bowl III are: The Deuble Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, and The Timken Foundation. For more information or questions about using the process, please contact Alaska Thompson, ArtsinStark Project Coordinator at (330) 546-3098 or

The Super Bowl III moment celebrates the year (1968) that Joe Namath, star quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets, predicted victory over the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts and — in one of the greatest upsets in sports history — did exactly that 16 – 7. Here is an excerpt explaining it from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Book:

At the same time the league began a regular-season schedule under lights, the spotlight shined brightly on the Jets and their star quarterback, Joe Namath. The former All-America at Alabama was the media darling of New York. His signature moment came in the days leading up to Super Bowl III following the 1968 season. The confident passer was preparing to lead his Jets team against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. After all, the NFL had dominated the AFL in the two Super Bowls to date. Namath, when questioned by reporters about the upcoming game, brashly predicted that not only would the Jets win the game, but he “guaranteed” it. In one of the greatest upsets in sports history, Namath guided the Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory. American Football League fans on hand at Miami’s Orange Bowl for the game cheered wildly with chants of “AFL, AFL, AFL!” as the clock clicked down to the final gun.

The materials to be submitted are: 1) one page resume, 2) images of at least three previous works, and 3) a one page concept for “Monday Night Football.” The criteria used for selecting a winning concept by an artist are: a) Does it truly capture the moment? b) Is the art of the highest possibility quality? and c) Is the concept so amazing that even those visitors who don’t love football will still want to come see it?

The winner will be announced on Monday April 24, 2017, and will have 30 days from the date a contract is signed with ArtsinStark to complete the painting or drawing for the artwork. If artist is also installing the mural, it must be painted on the wall of the Cultural Center for the Arts by Monday July 31, 2017. For more information or questions, go to process, or contact Alaska Thompson, ArtsinStark Project Coordinator at (330) 546-3098 or

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The Emerging Trombone at CSO ConverZations

CSO Principal Trombonist Tom Pylinski speaks about the history of his instrument for the upcoming ConverZations on March 13, 2017.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T. K. & Faye A. Heston and the Ada C. & Helen J. Rank Charitable Trust, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2017.

For the upcoming MasterWorks concert on March 25th, the audience travels through the romantic era of classical music starting with Beethoven and ending with Rossini.  Not only can audiences witness the growth of musical language through time, but the growth of the orchestra itself.  The trombone, for instance, can be seen having more influence over the orchestra later on in the romantic period, while being less noticeable, or even missing in earlier romantic works.  Tom Pylinski talks about this growing influence for our next ConverZations.

Thomas Edward Pylinski earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron. He has studied with Ed Zadrozny, Steve Witser, Rick Stout, Hal Reynolds and John Marcellus. Today, Tom maintains an active career as a freelance trombonist and private music teacher in Northeast Ohio. He is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the orchestras of Cleveland, Toledo, Wheeling, Erie, and many others. In addition, he was a finalist at the 2010 Roanoke Symphony Orchestra principal trombone audition and runner-up at the 2008 Erie Philharmonic Orchestra principal trombone audition.

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Dan Cavalancia
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NCP to Hold Auditions for Tony Award Winning “Fun Home”

We are excited to announce auditions for the 2015 Tony award winning show FUN HOME at the North Canton Playhouse.

If you are looking for a meaningful piece of theatre that will challenge, inspire and make you change your major to Joan – look no further.

Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Auditions: Saturday, March 11th
Age Range 6-12: 10am
Age Range 18+: 11am

Auditions held at The North Canton Playhouse at 525 7th St NE, North Canton. Enter through Door #5.

Performance Dates:
5/19-5/28 (Fri & Sat @8, Sun @ 2:30 & 8)

For more information on the show, check out the synopsis at:

For more information on audition requirements, rehearsal schedule, etc and to sign up for an audition slot, email


*The roles of John (6yo) & Christian (10yo) may be cast with any gender

ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old, a college freshman
SMALL ALISON – around 9 years old
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s father
HELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother
*CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
*JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
ROY/MARK/PETE – a young man Bruce hires to do yard work, a high school student, a mourner
JOAN – a college student

ArtsinStark Kicks Off $1,650,000 Annual Campaign

With the theme “You Hold the Key to Creativity,” ArtsinStark hosted its Annual Arts Campaign Kickoff Luncheon at the Cultural Center on Thursday.  The goal, to raise $1,650,000 million for the arts in Stark County by May 24.  “I’ve watched the impact of the Arts District on the neighborhood around my business,” says Campaign Chair David Grabowsky, Owner: Standard Plumbing & Heating. “Today we have 30 galleries, artist studios, theatres, shops, eateries, and clubs.” ArtsinStark board Chair Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, emphasized that since “We are now also using art as the key to creating more genius-like schools, to growing tourism, and to building America’s 21st century workforce — making goal this year is more important than ever.”  More info at  or by calling 330-453-1075.

Over 150,000 people are reached each year by the seven largest arts organizations: the Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton.  Over the last 10 years ArtsinStark has awarded those organizations $10 million in grants.  “But we’re also about supporting small organizations and individual artists,” says ArtsinStark Vice President of Advancement Steve Kleiber, “so during that same time period we’ve given out another $1.5 million in 650 little grants to churches, Boys and Girls Clubs, universities, schools, festivals, hospitals, and individual artists.”

While, in Canton, ArtsinStark has produced over 100 monthly First Fridays for 175,000 people, it has also created programs and awarded grants for downtown revitalization in Alliance, Jackson, Louisville, Massillon, Minerva, Hartville, North Canton, and Canal Fulton.  The SmArts Program, which integrates arts and academics to supercharge learning, operates today in every one of the 17 public schools systems in Stark County — and all of the Catholic elementary and middle schools as well.

The County Arts Council is partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the new tourist attraction called The ELEVEN, a monumental public art series celebrating the 11 greatest moments in professional football history.  Four of the eleven artworks have been completed, with two more scheduled to be done this year.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the thousands of donors to ArtsinStark’s annual arts campaign,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and 92 cents of every dollar goes right out the door to support programs in schools, neighborhood, and downtowns that bring to life that little piece of genius that resides inside us all.”

BACKGROUND:  ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities.   We are a 46 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 is $3 million.   What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  In May 2016 the Campaign raised $1.7 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 11 years in a row.  (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)