ArtsinStark Awards $1.1 million in Grants

At its December 13 board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,091, 000 in grants to 28 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “These dollars all come from donors to the Annual Arts Campaign,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan, “and the programs we support reach more than 200,000 people every year.” To see more information on ArtsinStark’s Grants Program and the list of this year’s award winners to date, please visit The Operating Grants approved by the board for the seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,058,500. “What these big arts organizations bring to Canton and Stark County is just amazing,” says Duncan Darby, who chaired the Operating Grants Committee. “They not only delight those of us who are lucky enough to live and work here — they attract thousands of visitors who come into Stark County to experience this arts and entertainment explosion.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 129,500 To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
to more than 300 students.

Canton Museum of Art $ 257,000 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.

Canton Symphony $ 328,500 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.

Massillon Museum $ 65,000 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.

Palace Theatre $ 45,000 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.

Players Guild Theatre $ 191,000 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.

Voices of Canton $ 42,500 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.


Special Project Grants go to 21 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $32,740. Alliance Area Preservation Society will present a play on the Abolitionist Movement. The Massillon Public Library will offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children. “Over the last 10 years we’ve awarded more than $1.5 million to over 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every single community in Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. “It is so exciting to see the impact these arts projects are having.” Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Org /Artist City Award New Project
Alliance Area Preservation Society Alliance 985 To present a play on the Abolitionist Movement
Bennett, Jessica & Doug Canton 750 To curate an exhibit of artistic chopsticks with local artists
Bonilla, Lindsay County-wide 750 To bring storytelling programs to the Hispanic community
Camp Buckeye County-wide 3,440 To provide an art and nature camp for women
Canton Fiber Arts Guild Alliance 750 To hold a fiber arts event at a nature center
Child & Adolescent Behav. Health Canton 3,500 To offer Kintsugi pottery classes for a children’s treatment program
Coming Together Stark County Canton 2,000 To present an original musical on American women in history
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. Canton 3,200 To hold a Take Back the Night event focusing on victims and survivors
En-Rich-Ment Canton 2,500 To present garden concerts & parade for Shorb/Summit neighborhood
Goodwill Industries Canton 3,500 To document Goodwill moments through photography of David Dingwell
Joseph, Craig Canton 750 To curate a traveling exhibition, The Odyssey in 3D
Kiko-Cozy, Kris Canton 750 To provide music lessons for emotionally disabled children
Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Soc Louisville 750 To produce a living history tour in downtown Louisville
Malone University County-wide 2,800 To host a children’s book program for future educators
Massillon Public Library Massillon 825 To offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children
Michael Searching Bear County-wide 750 To present Native American history and music programs at libraries
Rossetti, Kristen Canton 750 To produce a theatre production of Russian folktale Stone Soup
Stahl, Bryan Massillon 750 To offer songwriting and performance workshops for teens & adults
The Grace Project Canton 1,740 To sponsor monthly art and wellness retreats with local artists
The Illusion Factory Canton 750 To present The Emperor’s New Clothes to preschoolers
YMCA, Paul & Carol David County-wide 750 To offer art classes to childcare programs with artist Vicki Boatright


ArtsinStark will be announcing more grant awards in the Spring as part of the work it does in county schools and in using the arts to revitalize our downtowns.

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 2017 the Campaign raised $1.7 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 12 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)