Category Archives: Canton

School of Canton Ballet offers new classes in Hip Hop

A new eight-week class in hip hop is being offered by the School of Canton Ballet beginning Thursday, January 25, through March 15 at its studios in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  The 8-week course will be led by instructor Ana Bettis.  Tuition is $90.  There is no registration fee.

 

Students will receive an introduction to the dance, style and attitude of hip hop.  The times are 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for ages eight to 12 and 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for ages 12 to 18.  The dress code is casual with jazz shoes, ballet slippers or black-soled athletic shoes.

 

Register online at cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.  Canton Ballet office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty tailgate foods, drinks and a cash bar.

 

The football players were selected at tryouts held last fall at the ballet studios.  Their Canton Ballet company partners were chosen by audition at a later time.  Rehearsals began in early January and will continue to the performance.

 

The 13 couples who will dance at the Game Day Performance are:

 

Taylor Adams (Canton Central Catholic sophomore)

Trey Carl (Minerva senior, defensive tackle)

 

Nicole Belden (Hoover senior)

Darius Stokes (GlenOak senior, wide receiver)

 

Lauren Compton (Canton Central Catholic senior)

Nolan Goering (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)

 

Hannah Dunnerstick (GlenOak freshman)

Clayton Tabler (McKinley junior, wide receiver)

 

Isabella Hellmann (Jackson junior)

Dylan Walczak (Louisville senior, linebacker)

 

Tamaki Hoshi (St. Thomas Aquinas senior)

Christian Harwood (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, running back)

 

Margaret Kingsbury (GlenOak senior)

Terrance Mack (GlenOak junior, wide receiver)

 

Emily Kuntz (GlenOak freshman)

Luke May (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, defensive tackle)

 

Morgan Lineweaver (Hoover freshman)

Joe Fuchs (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)

 

Anna Mears (Hoover senior)

Connor Fritz (Minerva senior, wide receiver)

 

Maria Miller (Kolbe Academy sophomore)

Nicholas Oldfield (Alliance, sophomore, defensive end)

 

Erika Shi (Alliance senior)

Lucas McGuire (Massillon Washington senior, defensive lineman)

 

Aleesha Singh (Jackson freshman)

Dominic Bowman (Perry senior, safety)

 

NFL Films Emmy award-winning producer Greg Frith brought his film crew to the tryouts in October and will return to film rehearsals and the final event in March for a documentary about Touchdowns and Tutus.  Select couples will be dancing to music gifted to Canton Ballet’s fundraiser that is exclusively licensed and owned by NFL Films.

 

Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for Preferred Gold seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  There is a VIP All Access Pass available for $100 which includes admission to all three events.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

 

Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.

 

Major sponsors to date are The Canton Repository, O92 radio, Krugliak Wilkins, Martin Sports Productions and Paragraphics.

 

Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.  Canton Ballet is a

501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Some German “meat and potatoes” for the CSO’s next MasterWorks Concert

The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the new year with a concert of robust music from the heartland of Germany with their next MasterWorks concert, “German Genius”.  This program features the brilliance of the baroque style master J.S Bach, as well as the late romantic era genius Gustav Mahler.  This thrilling evening takes place on January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of A CSO trustee, Fresh Mark, and Glenn and Joy E. Silverhart.

The first half of the concert will feature both a current and a former violinist of the CSO performing Bach’s
Double Violin Concerto.  Vivek Jayaraman returns to the CSO and is joined by principal second violinist Solomon Liang to show off this delightful chamber orchestra piece.  The second half of the piece features Mahler’s fifth symphony, often categorized as one of his most accessible symphonies to audiences.  It is a powerful work taking the listener through an entire world of emotions, starting with a funeral march, and ending the final movement in joyful exuberance and cheer.

Vivek is a respected violinist who served as Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season after completing a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Vivek recently performed Bartok’s
Contrasts alongside Colorado Symphony principal clarinetist, Jason Shafer and renowned concert pianist, Yefim Bronfman. His performance gained praise from South Florida Classical Review for its “admirable restraint” and “blazing virtuosity.” Vivek received a Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Solomon Liang, who is originally from Irvine, California, is the principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony and also performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony. Solomon has served in the Quartet in Residence at Banff International String Quartet Competition, and faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. In 2014, Solomon was awarded the Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Liang received his Bachelors of Music from California State University, Long Beach, and Masters of Music from Yale School of Music.


Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 27, 2018 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at
www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80
thanniversary and 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, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty foods, drinks and cash bar.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for premium seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.

The fundraiser is sponsored by The Canton Repository, O92 radio and Krugliak Wilkins.  Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.

Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan

The Yoga Place and Yoga Central present Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan: Saturday January 13, 2018 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at The Yoga Place

Explore the joyful, profound and spiritual side of drumming while partaking in various beginner- friendly drumming activities. This program will consist of three interconnected concepts that will focus on:

  • Developing and practicing creative drumming skills
  • Personal wellness and becoming the next best version of you
  • Renewing and deepening your connection to your inner wisdom

    These techniques will aid in relieving anxiety and stress, help to provide a better night’s sleep, gain mental clarity, increasing overall energy and ultimately, striving to uncover the BEST version of you!

    Drums are provided and this is open to all levels.

    Musician and trainer Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a multi-platinum recording artist, formerly of the band Rusted Root (Send Me On My Way) who presents programs throughout the US and Europe. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA where he serves as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. Having presented over 2500 programs since 1999, Donovan works with a wide variety of populations including corporate, university, people with Autism, and people recovering from addiction.

    $99 by December 31, or $129 thereafter
    Tickets available at www.Eventbrite.com and www.TheYogaPlaceOhio.com *No Refunds

Albacete to Present “Getting Inside Mahler’s Head”

The guest presenter for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) next ConverZations discussion on January 8 at noon will be M.J. Albacete, Executive Director Emeritus of the Canton Museum of Art.  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. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

After a four-decade career with the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete retired in 2014 as Executive Director Emeritus.  For many years a member of the Ohio Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, his lectures on art, music, and other topics number in the hundreds.  He served for a time as reviewer of Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts for The Repository, and a contributor to Fanfare Magazine.  At least once each season, he is on call to present a pre-concert lecture for the CSO, and has already made several appearances on the ConverZations series.  For the CSO’s recent “Music Takes Shape” education outreach program reaching almost 3,000 area students, M.J. designed a unique geometric construction project.  An Adjunct Professor at Kent State University Stark Campus, M.J. teaches a course on the history of architecture.

For the January 8 ConverZations, Albacete will explore the music of Gustav Mahler, most specifically his first five symphonies.  As with many composers, Mahler did not necessarily enjoy the fame and respect he does now while he was alive and writing music.  Much of his work went unnoticed during his lifetime, only to be discovered and revered later on.  Albacete will take the audience on a journey through Mahler’s early symphonies showing his growth in fame after their “rediscovery.”

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 www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80th anniversary and 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

SymphonyLand Series Begins its Eighth Year

After eight years bringing music to children ages 3 to 6 years, the SymphonyLand Series is going strong!  Presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and sponsored in part by The Hoover Foundation, Arts in Stark, and T. Raymond Gregory, SymphonyLand trios introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive format created specifically to engage young listeners.  The series begins with the string trio on Wednesday January 10 and Saturday January 13 at 10am and 11am each day in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW, Canton).

As in the past, each trio performance incorporates an age-appropriate story book along with educational components in music, reading and social studies.  This year, the trios will be utilizing books from Barefoot Books.  The string trio begins the series on January 10 and 13 with I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur.  On February 7 and 10, the woodwind trio will perform along with the book Elusive Moose and the brass trio performances on March 7 and 10 will feature Hidden Hippo.   The SymphonyLand trio performances are offered at 10:00 and 11:00am each day.
All of the SymphonyLand instrument families come together on April 25 and 26 at 9:45 and 10:45am for the Kinder Concert which features the full orchestra.  The program, conducted by Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, features a new collaboration between the CSO and Stark Parks.  For this Kinder Concert, Stark Parks will bring in members of their personnel with some of their Ohio-native live animals.  The Kinder Concert is held at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts.

All of the SymphonyLand and Kinder Concert programs are open to the public as well as school groups.  Admission is free due to support provided by our generous sponsors listed above.   Reservations for all attendees are required, and can be made online at www.cantonsymphony.orgor by calling the Canton Symphony box office at 330-452-2094 weekdays 9am – 5pm.  Reservations for smaller groups are recommended in order to ensure adequate seating.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80th anniversary and 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

African American Masterpieces Celebrated in New Canton Museum of Art Exhibition

Canton Museum of Art (CMA) presents a new exhibition African American Masterpieces: Collection Highlights on view now through March 4, 2018. In conjunction with an exhibition of woodcarvings by Elijah Pierce, this exhibition showcases paintings and ceramics created between 1945 and 2010.

In the past, African American art was expressed through basket weaving, small drums, quilting, pottery, painting, and woodcarving. Today, most major cities have developed museums devoted to African American artists. Important collections of African American art are becoming more prevalent, and this exhibition celebrates the works from the Canton Museum of Art’s permanent collection.


Artists featured in the 
African American Masterpieces exhibition:

Elizabeth Catlett
Born in 1915, Elizabeth Catlett who creates sensuous figurative sculpture and prints on the subject of African American women. She learned at an early stage that she would have to work around racism in order to achieve her goals. Although she was a talented student, Catlett ’s chosen college, the Carnegie Institute of Technology, rejected her. Nonetheless, she subsequently attended Howard University, graduating cum laude. Catlett chose African American woman as her subject while she was studying with Grant Wood at the University of Iowa. Catlett’s intense interest in the mother-and-child theme reflects her own history; her father died before her birth, so her mother and maternal grandmother raised her. Catlett won the Rosenwald Fellowship, making it possible for her to go to Mexico in 1946 to study mural painting and printmaking. In 1947, she married the Mexican artist Francisco Mora and became an advocate for workers in her adopted country. She empathetically pictured the evils of poverty, women laboring at menial jobs, children working and caring for smaller youngsters and homeless youth. Although men do appear in her work, most of Catlett’s sculpture represents women or mothers and children. She explains, “Because I am a woman and know how women feel sin, body and mind, I sculpt, draw, and print women, generally black women.”


Syd Carpenter
Syd Carpenter was originally a painting major at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. The prerequisite electives she took included ceramics and she became captivated with the ceramic medium. Her interest in ceramics was a gradual process, but by the time she completed her MFA she knew she had found the perfect medium. Carpenter’s work has gone through several phases. Her early work was vessel-like, stretched and pulled, with pressure applied from the inside. She used intense, bright surface colors. In the mid 80s, she began experimenting with sculptural forms that turned into 4 x 4 foot wall hangings. In the late 80s she journeyed to Brazil. While she was there she attended a Kodumbro ritual (a syntheses of the Yoruba religion and Catholicism). As an African American, it gave Carpenter a heightened sense of her heritage, and the event became the next catalyst for her work. In the 90s her walls and vessels pieces now suggest the rhythm of both plant life and human spirituality.


Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1914. Soon after his birth, his family moved to New York City’s Harlem. During the mid 30s, when Bearden was a student of George Brosz at the Art Students League, he founded the 306 Group for black artists living in Harlem. During the 40s Bearden combined African symbols, such as masks and “conjure women” with stylized realism. In 1950 he went to Paris and enrolled at the Sorbonne, returning to New York City in 1954. After his stay in Paris, Bearden’s work became more abstract. In the 60s the civil rights movement influenced Bearden. Bearden, always a humanist, finally realized the strength of his southern memories and the Harlem culture of his youth in the 60s. Transforming specific often-humble incidents into universal themes, he classified and gave a lasting aesthetic identity to one variety of the American experience. Bearden endorses this thought when he wrote: “It is not my aim to paint about the Negro in America in terms of propaganda. (It is to depict) the life of my people as I know it, passionately and dispassionately as Breughel. My intention is to reveal through pictorial complexities the life I know.” Throughout his career, Bearden has promoted opportunities for black artists. He has served as art director of the Harlem Cultural Council and helped organize the Clinque Gallery. In 1969, he wrote ”The Painters’ Mind” with Carol Holty. By the time he passed away in 1988 at the age of 75, Romare Bearden was considered a cultural icon.



Clifton Clay
Clifton Clay was born in Mississippi in 1935. His heritage is both African American and Native American. Both his mother and grandmother are Choctaw, with his grandmother being born on a reservation. Clay spent his early years in Oklahoma, California, and Arizona until his family settled in Cleveland when he was in his teens. Clay graduated from John Jay High School in Cleveland. After graduating, Clay attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and studied under Paul B. Travis and John P. Miller. As a young man, he worked out West, including as a ranch hand – Clay has retained this interest throughout his life. He has also worked at the Karamu House as a painter, painting houses. Many of the symbols found in Clay’s work are related to African art and are his contemporary take on the subject. In “The Lion Hunt”, George A. Zetzer wrote that “Clay’s abstract painting expresses a particular attitude each of us has towards the object. One can see a different attitude in each hunter as they seem to dance around their quarry”. A cross between Native American and African American. “Lion Hunt” was one of his first paintings for sale. Clifton Clay is in his eighties, lives in Cleveland and is still creating art.


​About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.

Massillon Museum’s Stark County Artists Exhibition Winners

The Massillon Museum announced the Stark County Artists Exhibition awards at the opening reception for the annual show on Sunday, December 3.
I do, I doodle, I do, paper napkins, by Judith Krew was named Best in Show; Clare Murray Adams earned second place with Six Degrees of Separation, mixed media on tea bags; and Study of Broken Glass #3,photography by Michael Barath placed third.
Judith Huber, Remember Chibok, oil; Gail Keener, In His Own World, acrylic; Ted Lawson, Riding the Bike Lane II, watercolor; Brien Strancar, Dipped and Cut, RGB Series, No. 1, blown glass, tooled, engraved; and Stephen Tornero, Padparadscha, linen, bamboo, earned honorable mentions.
All media were considered by the independent jurors: Elizabeth Carney—Assistant Curator, Akron Art Museum; Steven Mastroianni—Photographer, Cleveland; and Susan Yingling—Artist, Retired Art Teacher, Akron Public Schools. They selected work to be included as well as the awards. The look of the exhibition is different from year to year because of the diversity of the artwork entered and the vision of the jurors, who vary every year.
A total of 77 artists submitted 189 drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more.  From those, the jurors chose 55 pieces of artwork by 40 individuals.
The Stark County Artists Exhibition has been held at the Museum since 1934, beginning as a statewide juried exhibit of fine arts and crafts. By the 1980s, it was refocused to exhibit work by artists living and working in Stark County. To keep the show fresh, artwork submitted for consideration must have been created within the last two years.
“As always, this exhibition is an excellent showcase of the talent here in Stark County,” said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.  “We enjoy this exhibition because evolves each year. We were thrilled to see so many first-time entrants this year. I think it’s a forecast of some up-and-comers whom we’ll want to watch.”
The exhibition may be seen during regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 through January 21, 2018.
In addition to viewing the Stark County Artists Exhibition, visitors can attend the opening of the Studio M exhibition, Image to Image: Photography by Walsh University Photojournalism Students in the Museum’s lower level. The second-floor galleries include Stark County in the Great War, Paul Brown: Innovator, and The Immel Circus.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way, East (Ohio 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org for more information.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525
Images:  
Higher resolution available—vogt@sssnet.com
Best in Show:  Judith Krew, I do, I doodle, I do, paper napkins
Second Place:  Clare Murray Adams, Six Degrees of Separation, mixed media on tea bags
Third Place:  Michael Barath, Study of Broken Glass #3, photograph
Also accepted in the exhibition:
Mandy Altimus Stahl
Michael Barath
William Barron
Emily Bartolone
William Bogdan
Heather Bullach
Rosemary Burkhart
Peter Castillo
 Frank Dale
David Dingwell
Bree Ehret
Susan Eitelman
Pamela Glover Wadsworth
Karen Hemsley
Judith Huber
Bruce Humbert
Gail Keener
Judith Krew
Ted Lawson
Khrysso LeFey
Bob Maurer
Clare Murray Adams
Lee Novotny
Jesse Nutter
Mitzi Phillips
Scot Phillips
Mark Pitocco
Michael Reynolds
Patricia Ripple
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Russell Hench
Allison Smith
Alexander Strader
Brien Strancar
Michele Tokos
Stephen Tornero
Tom Wachunas
Michael Weiss
Isabel Zaldivar
Anna Zotta

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 ArtsinStark.com/Grants. 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.

$1,058,500

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

32,740

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 www.ArtsinStark.com. 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%.)