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Announcing the Jackson School for the Arts production of The Diary of Anne Frank

Jackson School for the Arts is pleased to present the play The Diary of Anne Frank on Friday, April 7th at 7pm, Saturday, April 8th at 7pm and Sunday, April 9th at 2pm in the Jackson Center for the Performing Arts.  The Diary of Anne Frank is adapted by Wendy Kesselman, based on the original play by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett. We present this through special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.
Join our students as they share the story of a young girl coming of age during the Holocaust and the struggles of her family and friends as they hide during the occupation of the Netherlands.
The play features Jackson High School/Jackson School for the Arts students Mary Grace Bentivegna (9th) as Anne Frank, Adam Cline (12th) as Otto Frank, Sarah Haught (11th) as Mrs. Edith Frank, Michaela Huffman (10th) as Margot Frank, Devin Landis (9th) as Peter Van Daan, Zachary Tates (9th) as Mr. Van Daan, Hannah Houston (11th) as Mrs. Petronella Van Daan, Spencer Johnson (9th) as Mr. Alfred Dussel, Peyton White (11th) as Meip Geis and Zachary Buckler (9th) as Mr. Krahler.  The production is directed by Mrs. Stefanie Abbott Fatzinger, Theatre teacher and Theatre Director at Jackson High School and Jackson School for the Arts.
The high school production will be joined by Jackson Memorial Middle School students who will share their projects on the Holocaust in the Jackson High School commons prior to our Friday performance.
Tickets are now on sale online.
Tickets are $9 online and $10 at the door.
Questions regarding tickets may be directed to Susie Gardner at or 330-837-3501, ext 1462.

ArtsinStark Announces $1.1 million in Grants

At its December board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,075, 000 in grants to 31 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “Donors to the Annual Arts Campaign have made it possible over the last ten years for us to award $10 million in grants to the 7 largest arts groups: Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan,” and another $1.5 million to 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every community in Stark County.” The programs supported by ArtsinStark grants reach more than 200,000 people a year, and is part of its mission to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities. 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 seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,039,835. “These are the crown jewels of our region,” says ArtsinStark board member Ed Levy, who is Chair of the Operating Grants Committee. “They operate at the highest professional level and are so important to attracting visitors to the region.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 127,470 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 $ 253,750 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.
Canton Symphony $ 326,150 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.
Massillon Museum $ 61,600 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.
Palace Theatre $ 41,625 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.
Players Guild Theatre $ 188,990 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.
Voices of Canton $ 40,250 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

The Special Project Grants go to 24 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $34,974. Ballet LaReve in Canal Fulton is taking dance programs to preschoolers. Keep Alliance Beautiful is creating a mural for a downtown mini-park. The Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon is establishing a young people’s theatre company. “These are special projects being run by organizations and individual artists that show us every day how art is changing lives all across Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. In the spring ArtsinStark will announce another round of Special Projects Grants for schools and Stark County downtowns. Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Organization/Artist Award City NewProject
1 Alliance for Children & Families 3,500 Alliance To offer math & music program for homeless families
2 Ballet LeReve 750 Canal Fulton To provide outreach performances to preschoolers
3 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp 2,500 Canton To produce a drum corp program to EnRichMent students
4 Bonilla, Lindsay 750 N. Canton To present a storytelling & music program at local libraries
5 Bowen, Ted 750 Alliance To offer summer juggling lessons in Alliance parks
6 Canton Calvary Mission 2,589 Canton To produce a fashion & dance exhibition with K – 12 students
7 Canton Tree Commission 750 Canton To hold a photo contest to celebrate Arbor Day
8 Early Childhood Resource Center 1,500 Canton To create interactive texture garden with artist Michele Waalkes
9 Joseph, Craig 750 Canton To produce a season of 7 plays promoting civic engagement
10 Keep Alliance Beautiful 750 Alliance To create a mural for a mini-park space in Alliance
11 Kent State University at Stark 3,500 Canton To produce “Guitar Weekend” with extended outreach
12 Knight, Jim 750 Countywide To provide dramatic readings at local libraries
13 Lions Lincoln Theatre 750 Massillon To create a youth theatre troupe
14 Malone University 3500 Canton To offer a Meadow Mural project to middle-schoolers
15 May, Margene 750 Canton To create an outdoor art mural promoting family unity
16 Pawsitive Ohio 750 N. Canton To raise awareness of homeless animals by creating art
17 Project REBUILD 1135 Canton To create classroom mural with at-risk students
18 Rossetti, Kristen 750 Canton To provide a literature & art class for children 2 – 10
19 Stark County UMADAOP 750 Canton To provide an art camp during Juneteenth Celebration
20 Stone, John 750 Canton To produce a photography exhibition showcasing Canton
21 Washington High Sch. Alumni Assoc 2000 Massillon To increase outreach for annual Messiah performance
22 Venegas, Raven 750 N. Canton To curate and design an exhibition of historical paintings
23 Vigil, Emily 750 N. Canton To create outdoor artwork for area garden sites
24 YMCA, Eric Snow Family 3500 Canton To host One Voice Gospel Choir program for youth 12 – 24

ArtsinStark Chair Wants to Connect All Downtowns to Village

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At its annual meeting, the ArtsinStark board elected Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, as the chair of its 45-member board. It also brought on these new board members: Barry Adelman, Adrian Allison, Marty Chapman, Duncan Darby, Ron Ponder, Alan Rodriguez, and Kay Sanders. “Our downtowns are using the arts to reinvent themselves and to connect to the exciting dreams of the Hall of Fame Village,” says Alecusan. “Making our downtowns super creative places filled with live music and the arts is key to getting young professionals to live there, and visitors to the Village want to come experience them.” For the past 10 years downtown revitalization has been one of the County Arts Council’s primary strategies, not only in Canton but all across the county. Alecusan also noted that research shows that stronger downtowns contribute to stronger surrounding communities economically.

ArtsinStark has worked with the Special Improvement District to build the Arts District in downtown Canton, to install public art everywhere, and to host more than 100 First Fridays. In downtown Minerva, ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva have spent the past five years creating “Market Street,” with the Art Spot Gallery, Roxy Theatre, and Hart Mansion. In Louisville, the City and ArtsinStark have been creating “Constitution Place” which includes the Ahh Gallery and Uptown Joes. In Alliance, the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark are partnering to transform the old downtown into “The Crossing” with The Troll Hole, Jupiter Studios, and the Cat Museum. “Our support for the Massillon Museum and the Lion’s Lincoln Theatre is helping that downtown prepare for more tourists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and we’ve provided grants to North Canton, Hartville and Canal Fulton, among others, to start filling their downtowns with public art, special events, and festivals.”

The County Arts Council has also been working with Visit Canton to develop more cultural tourism experiences. They’ve hosted together “Live Music Downtown” grants to support more musical series downtown. They’ve partnered on a plan to develop and rebrand the 100 acres around the Cultural Center as “North Market” and seamlessly connect it to the Arts District to the south. “This is different from regular tourism,” says Alecusan, “because cultural tourists are so passionate about arts and history — that they stay longer and spend more money — which is exactly what we all want.”

ArtsinStark Special Project Grants Process Begins September 14

It all starts with a great idea and that’s what ArtsinStark is looking for as they open their annual granting cycle. September 14, 2016 marks the beginning of the Special Project Grants process, 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, 2017 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 online at or can be picked up in the ArtsinStark office (900 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton) from September 14 – November 7, 2016.

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 available online or in the ArtsinStark office — they will be individually issued upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.

Over the last ten years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1.5 million in 600 Special Project Grants to Stark County non-profits and artists never before funded.

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

ArtsinStark Campaign Hits Goal for 11th Straight Year

It took to the very last day of an 11-week marathon to get it done, but ArtsinStark’s 2016 Annual Arts Campaign has made goal for the 11th straight year in a row.  At the Victory Luncheon held at Canton Glassworks and the Hub Art Factory in the Arts District on Wednesday, volunteers and arts leaders cheered as 2016 Campaign Chair Jim Porter, CEO/Publisher of The Repository announced “We’ve done it again!” Porter reminded everyone that “In a challenging economic environment like this one — it’s all about just getting to the $1.7 million goal.” More than 100 volunteers worked on the drive and 30 companies hosted arts workplaces for the arts.  ArtsinStark Board Chair Max Deuble thanked Porter for his amazing leadership saying “Jim’s determination was inspirational, and The Repository’s coverage about how art changes lives in our schools, our downtowns, and our neighborhoods made all the difference.”

ArtsinStark runs one of the 60 united arts fund drives in America.  The 1.7 million in dollars raised through the Annual Arts Campaign support our largest arts organizations: the Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton.  They also provide grants for some of our smaller arts organizations, individual artists, and other nonprofits looking to use the arts to deliver innovative programs.  They underwrite the SmArts Program in the schools.  They help downtowns across the county use live music, public art, and artist studios and galleries to revitalize themselves.  They produce “First Fridays.”  And they help keep the Cultural Center for the Arts, which will be 50 years old in 2020, up and running.  “Every year the arts change the lives of 200,000 people in Stark County,” says ArtsinStark Vice Chair Emil Alecusan. “We want to use the arts to make Canton a center for innovation, and the kind of super, creative place that turns kids into the geniuses of tomorrow.”

ArtsinStark is 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).  What it doesn’t earn, it raises each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  As of today, ArtsinStark is the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 11 years in a row, and is also winner of the Governor’s Award for the Arts.  More information at


Pawsitive Ohio Presents “SHAKE! Art Unleashed”

Pawsitive Ohio, an organization dedicated to promoting dog adoption, spay/neuter programming, pet retention and education, has sculpted a collaboration of local foundations, dog rescue organizations, artists and dogs themselves to create a unique collection of abstract artwork. The culmination is the creation of colorful splatter paintings, canvases and framed photographs which will be auctioned during “SHAKE! Art Unleashed,” on Saturday, September 17 at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts.

To create the collection, rescued dogs were covered in pet safe paint, and as wet dogs do, the artists shook themselves silly, spraying nearby canvases with color. Each of the nine featured canine Picassos adopted their own combination of colors using an edible paint made of cornstarch and food coloring that was developed exclusively for the project. The result is a series of paintings as random and as beautiful as each adopted dog.  This project was supported by a micro-grant from ArtsinStark allowing photographer David Baio to catch the painted dogs on camera, creating a second work of art.

Christian Harwell of Cyrus Framing has generously framed and matted many of the photographs of our pint-sized Jackson Pollock’s at work to be used at exhibits and the September event.

David Baio, featured (human) ArtsinStark artist, is a versatile and seasoned professional photographer, videographer and dog lover. David is not only skilled in portrait and commercial photography, but manages his own photography studio. “David is a dog advocate who graciously and patiently allowed our artists to create their art in his studio. We originally thought the canvases would be the stars of the show, but David’s photographs are stunning — the result of his work is astonishing. When we added fellow dog lover, Christian Harwell’s, custom framing to David’s images, we realized that the photographs alongside the canvases truly complete the collection. They really are beautiful beyond our wildest dreams,” explained Jennifer Harrington, director of Pawsitive Ohio.

The goal of “SHAKE!” is both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless pet population locally in Stark County while showcasing the stories of our “artists” and the organizations who helped them find homes. The community will be encouraged to learn about options available in Stark County for adopting and will be presented with information about spay/neuter programs. All funds raised will help Pawsitive Ohio to continue its mission of creating a community where no dog needs to die in a shelter simply for being unwanted.

Tickets for “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.” are available at The September 17 event will invite attendees to explore the unique artwork collection while enjoying an upscale evening of top-shelf beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and live and silent auctions.

The event is possible with the support of our generous sponsors including Cyrus Framing, the Deubel Foundation, H-P Products, Inc. J&K Printing and Julz by Alan Rodriguez. Pawsitive Ohio offers special thanks to the selfless organizations who provided shelter for our artists until they found their forever homes including the Stark County Dog Warden, Canine Lifeline, Save-a-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, the Tuscarawas Humane Society, Second Chance for Animals, Buckeye Bulldog Rescue and PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, as well as to our artist’s wonderful families.

By celebrating shelter diversity and focusing on finding unique ways for rescue organizations to support each other, Pawsitive Ohio serves as a positive and proactive medium towards our common objectives.

In the month’s leading up to “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.” event, a sampling of the artwork will be available for viewing as follows:

May 6-30, 2016                                                                                   Julz by Alan Rodriguez

Julz will display multiple pieces from the collection during the May Downtown Canton First Friday event. Representatives from Pawsitive Ohio will be at Julz with information about the event and a chance to meet one of the canine artists. Tickets for the event will be available.

June 9-29, 2016                                                                                  Canton Museum of Art
Artwork from the collection will be on display in the Courtyard thanks to the Canton Museum of Art

Spring 2016 (date TBD)                                                                      Earth Fare North Canton

Pawsitive Ohio will be on-site during the grand opening for Earth Fare North Canton (date to be determined). Artwork from the collection will be on display and tickets to the event will be available.

Please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.715.1557 or for additional information about “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.”.

Musical Story Time Returns

Listen at the Library, the collaboration between the Stark County District Library and Canton Symphony Orchestra, started March 29, 2016. The program pairs music with children’s literature and is sponsored in part by The Dominion Foundation and the Stark County District Library.

“Children will always enjoy colorful books and stories,” says Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  “They also love music.  This program entices them to start reading at an early age by adding a new dimension, music, to the process.”  A trio of musicians will travel to each of the 10 library branches where they will team up with a librarian to present the program.  This year, the trios will consist of Cynthia Warren on oboe, Thomas Pleban on viola, and Tom Pylinksi on trombone.

Julia Shaheen, Literacy Manager for the Stark County District Library has collaborated with Boyer in the development of this year’s programs which includes selecting the books to be read, working with librarians at each location and rehearsing with the musicians. “The library values its partnership with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and is excited to offer another year of our musical storytimes.  Music is a powerful early literacy tool, and what a fun way in which to teach them!” she stated.

The remaining schedule is:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10:00am – DeHoff Memorial Branch

11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10:00am – Plain Community Branch

11:30am – Lake Community Branch

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

10:00am – East Canton Branch

11:30am – Main Library

Thursday, April 7, 2016

10:00am – Jackson Township Branch

11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch

In addition, musicians will present two Sunday at the Symphony programs on April 3 at 2:00pm at the Main Library and at 3:30pm at the Perry Sippo Branch.  This family-friendly program allows library patrons the opportunity to listen to light music followed by a question and answer period with the musicians.

As with everything at the library, the program is free.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit

ArtsinStark Kicks Off $1.7 Million Campaign

On Wednesday at the Cultural Center, ArtsinStark kicked off the 2016 Annual Arts Campaign. Its goal is to raise $1.7 million for all the arts in Stark County during the 11-weeks from March 9 to May 25. The drive is being chaired by Jim Porter, CEO/Publisher of The Repository. The theme is how “Art Changes Lives.” On Wednesday morning, one after another, volunteers and community leaders took the stage to tell stories about the important impact the arts are having in schools, downtowns, and neighborhoods across the county. “It’s very impressive to be the only united arts fund drive in America that has ever made goal for ten years in a row,” said Porter. “But now to keep on growing, we need to get hundreds of new donors to join us in supporting this incredible arts explosion.” More information at

Over 200,000 people a year are reached by the arts here. The majority of these are impacted by our seven largest arts organizations: the Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton. Every day they bring us world class art, and over the last 10 years ArtsinStark has awarded those organizations more than $10 million in grants.

During that same time period, ArtsinStark has given out another $1.5 million in 600 little grants in every single community in Stark County. Those grants have gone to churches, YMCA’s, YWCA’s, Boys and Girls Clubs, universities, libraries, schools, theatres, museums, historical societies, festivals, hospitals, Girl Scouts, food pantries, and individual artists. “There is not a single community in Stark County that has not received an ArtsinStark grant or program of some kind,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins.

In Canton, ArtsinStark created the Arts District with 26 art galleries and studios. It has produced over 100 monthly First Fridays for 175,000 people there, and installed 55 new pieces of public art. But it’s not just downtown Canton where ArtsinStark is working in. The County Arts Council’s programs and grants are also at work in downtown Alliance, Jackson, Louisville, Massillon, Minerva, Hartville, North Canton, and Canal Fulton.

“Our SmArts Program is changing our schools by integrating art and academics to supercharge learning,” says ArtsinStark board chair Max Deuble. “SmArts projects have reached 30,000 kids, and today we’re 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 also trying to change tourism with the arts. The Pro Football Hall of Fame and ArtsinStark are creating a new tourist attraction in downtown Canton called The ELEVEN. This monumental public art series celebrating the 11 greatest moments in professional football history, is also part of the strategy for connecting the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s new “Village” to downtown.
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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 2015 the Campaign raised the highest amount in 45 years — 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%.)

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ArtsinStark announces $1.2 million in grants

At its December board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,182,000 in grants to 74 organizations, schools, and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in four different categories: Operating, Special Project, SmArts, and 20/20 Vision. “These programs and projects touch every single community in Stark County,” says ArtsinStark board chair Max Deuble. “And they show the incredible impact of the arts on community and economic development, and just how far ArtsinStark has come in the last 10 years in serving all of Stark County.”

The projects we support through our Grants Program reach 200,000 people a year. Over the last 10 years we’ve awarded $10 million in grants to the 7 largest arts groups: Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton — and another $1.5 million in grants to 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every community in Stark County.

New Operating Grants will go to the seven major arts organizations in Stark County. They total $1,064,835. “These are the crown jewels of our region,” says ArtsinStark board Vice Chair Emil Alecusan. “They operate at the highest professional level and are key to attracting visitors and growing tourism.”

New Special Project Grants will go to 25 smaller arts organizations, non-profits and individual artists. They will be awarded $34,900. Projects like Canton Parks and Recreation offering art programs during the summer, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps providing classes and equipment for the students of En-Rich-Ment, and local artist Craig Joseph producing a musical on the lives of our presidents, were among the winning ideas. “We received applications from lots of new agencies and artists this year, and it will be exciting to see the results of their programs,” says Anne Wadian, ArtsinStark Office Manager, who runs the Grants Program.

New SmArts Grants will go out in two forms: Mini-Grants and Partnership Grants. To date this year they total $53,450. Every one of the public school systems in Stark County is receiving a SmArts Grant of some kind, as well as Holy Cross Academy, Central Catholic High School, and Heritage Christian School. SmArts Grants support projects that integrate the arts with the core curriculum to do things like use photography to teach Chemistry, create artistic ecosystems to teach 5th grade Science, and make ceramic art to connect different cultures in Social Studies. “Over 5,000 students in Stark County will use the arts this year to learn Math, Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies,” says Justy Boggs, ArtsinStark Planning and Education Consultant. “And the total dollars being spent, old and new, by the County Arts Council and all the school systems to support SmArts Program total more than $90,000.”

20/20 VISION GRANTS awarded so far this year will go to 17 organizations and artists that are helping move the 20/20 Vision plan forward in Stark County. Projects range from banner murals in Louisville, to mini-fests in Alliance, to the Polar Bear public art project in Jackson. “20/20 Vision is a plan we developed for the whole county,” says ArtsinStark Board Secretary Greg Luntz, “and covers everything from downtown revitalization, to public art, to increasing cultural tourism.”

Specific awards can be found on our website at

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 is $3 million. What we don’t earn, we raise each spring 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%.)