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Ahh Gallery in Louisville Opens “Winter Art Show”

 

On Thursday January 18 from 5 – 8 pm the Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open its “Winter Art Show.”  The show features two artists that are new to the Gallery and a returning local 10-year-old Louisville Middle School student named Henna Faith Gash.   “My mother tells me that I have been an artist since I was 11 months old,” says Henna, who loves to draw and has learned a lot of her skills from her father.   Henna’s newest pencil drawing is entitled “Running Free.”
Artist Dan Sadle will be displaying his stained glass vases.  Dan, whose interest in stained glass started with his taking lots of classes, says it is a three-day process to make just one of his vases — and that every vase is totally unique.    
 
And Louisville photographer Richard Patrick will also be there.  Richard developed his interest in photography after retirement in 2004 from 35 years as a music educator.  His photographer has won many awards.  Several of his photographs were recently on display at The Smoky Mountain Nature Photography Summit in Townsend, Tennessee.  One of them, “Bald Eagle over Snowcaps” was one of the winners.  Richards’s adventures as a photographer have taken him to numerous locations across America including Acadia National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
The Ahh Gallery will also have a variety of works by 30 artists in various media, all available for purchase.  These include small paintings and drawings, pottery, jewelry, blown and pulled glass, hand-made greeting cards and much more.  Art by Louisville Middle School art students, under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss Kat Fullmer, will be on display as well.   Light refreshments, along with live music by Brett Kuhnash, will also be featured.  
 
Some of the other Artists in the show are: Barb Aiken, Vivian Geaghan, Jon Wilson, Chris Brogan, Rick Silvey, Russ Hench, Abi Yeagley, Frank Dale, Hannelore Brown, Marjorie Lutes, Yvonne Walter, Kris Marshall, Susan Nolt Banks, Mike Criswell, Jeff Hoffman, Jake Davis, Mark Brunner, Rachel Davis, Linda Christman, Kathy Fithian, Judi Lindsay, Glenn Heiller, Marie Nelson, Tracey Phillips, Judi Singer, Carolyn Caskey, and Rhonda Dahlheimer, Luke Shephard, James Bennet, William Bogdan, and Karen Scheiller Bogdan.
 
The Ahh Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  History is always on display at the gallery, and the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society is always interested in area artifacts, photographs and stories. Support and donations of history items are always appreciated at the Ahh Gallery.  The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society sponsors free monthly programs, offers art classes, and invites everyone to come see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For more information, please call (330) 875-2829.  The Ahh Gallery is part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville, whose goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place”—a destination for locals and tourists alike. 

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%.)

Louisville’s Ahh Gallery Opens “Holiday Show”

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio opens its second annual “Holiday Show” on Thursday, Nov 16 from 5-8 pm.  The show features two artists new to the Gallery: William M. Bogdan and Karen Scheiller Bogdan — a married couple who met over fifty years ago in art school at the University of Akron.  They are both Akron natives who, after having lived in Colorado and South Carolina, have resided in Canton for nearly twenty years.   Both Bill and Karen let their art remain dormant while working at regular jobs for many years.  Then, after retirement, they started furiously creating art again.  Ever since their art has been shown in venues across Stark and Summit counties.  The “Holiday Show” will be filled with moderately-priced works from various artists that would make great gifts.  These include small paintings and drawings, pottery, jewelry, blown and pulled glass, tree ornaments, hand-made greeting cards and much more.  Louisville Middle School art students, under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss Kat Fuller will be on display once again.   And there will be light refreshments and live music provided by Loel Stein. 
 
Bill Bogdan is known for his large woodcut prints but also works in various art media, including oil pastels.  These will be on display along with two woodcut prints – and one very ambitious work called “The Dogwalker” will be shown to the public for the first time.  Karen Bogdan, known for her elaborate and complex fabric art with its painterly qualities, will have four of her pieces in the exhibit.  
Some of the other Artists in the show are: Barb Aiken,  Vivian Geaghan, Jon Wilson, Chris Brogan, Rick Silvey, Russ Hench, Abi Yeagley, Frank Dale, Debbie Withnell, Hannelore Brown, Marjorie Lutes, Yvonne Walter, Kris Marshall, Susan Nolt Banks, Mike Criswell, Jeff Hoffman, Jake Davis, Mark Brunner, Rachel Davis, Linda Christman, Kathy Fithian, Judi Lindsay, Glenn Heiller, Sheila Harter, Marie Nelson, Tracey Phillips, Beth Patrick, Judi Singer, Carolyn Caskey, and Rhonda Dahlheimer.
 

Kent State Stark Students Make Splash at Louisville’s Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Summer Splash” on Thursday, May 18 from 5-8pm.  “Summer Splash” features work by eleven Kent State University at Stark Fine Arts students of Professor Jack McWhorter.  It will also display oil paintings by Sharon Burson and pencil drawings by Jon Wilson.  The May 18 opening includes live music by Brian Henke, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. The Ahh Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Emily Orsich, Sarah Thompson and Kimberly Blankenship are all students in Professor McWhorter’s Painting One course.  “Clarity and expression in painting require an understanding of the painter’s tools and concepts,” says Professor McWhorter.  “In this course students go through a series of projects intended to explore key painting concepts by using direct observation and invention.”  The other Kent State Stark students displaying their work are Austin D’Avello, Zachary Matheny, Madison Miller, Ashley Palmer, Megan Peters, Chardae Slater, Emily Walencik and Kaley Weaver.

As part of the show, the Ahh Gallery will also present the work of the Louisville Middle School students under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss. Kat Fullmer.   And there will be crochet art by sisters Beth Gross and Elaine Griffith along, pencil drawings by James Bennett, as well as many artists from previous shows: Barbara Taylor Aiken, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Abi Yeagley, Mark Brunner, John Hoffman, Susan Nolt Banks, Marie Nelson, Russ Hench, Amy Lindenberger, and Vivian Geaghan.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery, which features both art and history exhibits, is open weekly.  The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, and invites everyone to come see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For more information, please call (330) 875-2829.  The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville, whose goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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“Fiber Art and More” is January Show at Ahh Gallery in Louisville

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Fiber Art and More” on Thursday, January 19 from 5 – 8 pm. Two of the featured artists are Yvonne Walter, whose quilts have toured in shows by The American Quilter Society from California to Maine; and Ruth Nichols whose specialty is creating sewing-machine art. Also on display will be works from: Vivian Geaghan, Hannalore Brown, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Russ Hench, Judi Singer, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Ashley Pennington, Marie Nelson, Marjorie Lutes, Barbara Taylor Aiken, Abi Yeagley, Randall Christopher, Gail Thompson, Mark Brunner, and Catherine Fithian. The January 19 opening will offer light refreshments, a chance to meet the artists, and live music by Jared Lees. The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open weekly Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 10 to 3.

The first featured artist is Yvonne Walter who has lived in Canton, Ohio her entire life. She is a 70-year-old cancer survivor who loves ballroom dancing and walking her dog. She enjoys experimenting with new styles and lives by the philosophy “whatever floats my boat” in order to determine her next art project. Yvonne took lessons at the Carousel Factory in Mansfield, Ohio and then hand carved the 1/3 scale wooden carousel horse that will be featured in the show. Other works of art by Walter are a hand-carved jewelry box made out of a goose egg, numerous paintings, wall quilts, and multimedia art. The second featured artist is Ruth Nichols from Louisville. She has painted for years, but now she uses the sewing machine needle as her brush and thread as her paint. In addition, her husband Mel Nichols is displaying his hand-made pens.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly. The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville. For information, please call (330) 875-2829. The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville. The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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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 ArtsinStark.com/Grants.

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

Click here to listen to the WKSU interview http://wksu.org/post/arts-stark-picks-new-chairman

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.”

Christmas Painting Class in Louisville

Calling All Elves Grades 1 through 5! We have a tree you can keep forever!  Come create this Colorful Christmas tree painting!

Saturday, December 10, from 10 to 11 am in the Ahh Gallery in Downtown Louisville. All supplies provided.

$5.00 per Child (Ages 6-12)

All Proceeds benefit the Louisville Ahh Gallery. Reserve Your Spot Today! Call 330-875-2829 to make reservations.

“Holiday Showcase 2016” Opens at Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Holiday Showcase 2016” on Thursday, November 10 from 5 – 8 pm.  This exhibit is all about great gift buying opportunities.  It will feature items from one dollar — to one hundred dollars.  Among the works of art being featured are: colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, oils, spray painting, thread painting, ceramics, recycled metal art, blown glass, handmade pens, and much more. There will also be a variety of Christmas tree ornaments, as well as books and cards by local authors.  Some of the artists whose works will be on display are: Vivian Geaghan, Hannalore Brown,  Angelo Oddo, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvey, Frank Dale,  Linda Christman, Russ Hench,  Judi Longacre, Pam LaRocco,  Judi Singer, Kris Marshall, Jake Davis, Sheila Harter, Ashley Pennington, Marie Nelson, Marjorie Lutes, Mel and Ruth Nichols, Barbara Taylor Aiken, Deborah French, Irene Tobias Rodriguez,   Denny Valentine, Abi Yeagley, Randall Christopher, Laurie Fife Harbert, Rhonda Dahlheimer, Gail Thompson, Mark Brunner, and Catherine Fithian.  Two of the youngest student artists being featured are Faith Gash (age 9) and Nash Minor (age 11).  The opening will include live music, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists.  The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open weekly Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 3 to 10.

Artist Vivian Geaghan is a lifelong resident of Stark County and a self-taught artist.  She enjoys working in oils, acrylics, watercolor, china painting, and colored pencils.  Her love of nature and gardening are reflected in her paintings, and Vivian shares her techniques when she teaches her students in her art classes.

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Artist Hannelore Brown’s favorite subjects are landscapes, portraits, and pets.  She studied under Amy Lindenberger for 12 years and has displayed her artwork at many art shows, and fairs.  She was a member of Canton Public Schools District Chapter, the Alliance Art Center, and was the Art Director at First Friends Church.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly.  The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For information, please call (330) 875-2829.   The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville.  The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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 www.artsinstark.com/grants 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.