Category Archives: Massillon

MassMu Displays P.T. Barnum Artifacts from its Permanent Collection

With the 2017 closing of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus and the success of the Hollywood musical, The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum has returned in spirit to the limelight in America.
 
In response, the Massillon Museum has created a small display of artifacts related to Barnum’s circus, his American Museum, and his performers—including Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb and singer Jenny Lind. The jewel of the exhibit is Barnum’s gold-tipped walking stick. Along with photographs, programs, advertising, and memorabilia in the exhibit, the walking stick was donated in 1995 to the Massillon Museum by Dr. Robert Immel along with his hand-carved miniature circus that is an iconic part of the Massillon Museum.  
 
“With the current popularity of the circus as seen in the film, The Greatest Showman, MassMu wants to encourage patrons to have a last look at the current circus gallery before renovation of the second floor begins,” says the Museum’s executive director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.
 
The Immel Circus, which is usually on view as part of a visit to the Museum, will be temporarily closed beginning January 22 during construction in that part of the building during the expansion project. Until then, visitors can see the 2,620-piece circus diorama and the circus posters, photographs, and costumes that surround it in the Immel Circus Gallery.  The new Barnum exhibit, P.T. Barnum: The World’s Greatest Showman, can also be seen until that date.
 
By mid-January, many circus images will be added to the Museum’s virtual galleries, so visitors will be able to view permanent collection artifacts while the circus gallery is closed.  Visit http://www.massillonmuseum.org/immel-circus. 
 
The Barnum exhibit, the Immel Circus, Paul Brown: Innovator, and the Stark County Artists 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 p.m. “Although the lobby is in construction disarray, the exhibits are accessible at this time,” says Margy Vogt, public relations coordinator.  “Everyone is still welcome to visit.”
 
About P.T. Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891) acquired and expanded the American Museum in New York City in 1842. In 1870, the marketing genius invested in a circus venture, casting his friends and many performers from his museum. The following year, P.T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus opened in Brooklyn, the forerunner to what would become Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. By the end of its run, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus had entertained the world for 146 years.
 
About the Massillon Museum
The circus gallery closing will facilitate construction of a doorway to the new Studio M space directly east of the gallery on the second floor of one of the Museum’s new buildings. The expansion project—funded by the State of Ohio, foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals—will enhance the Museum’s ability to preserve and exhibit art and history, add opportunities to be the cultural hub of the community, and create space for the new Paul Brown Museum.
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  For more information, call330-833-4016 or visit massillonmuseum.org.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

MassMu Student Fantasy Art Poster Contest

As part of its eleventh-annual NEA Big Read, the Massillon Museum has organized a fantasy art poster contest for high school and middle school students. The competition will accent the 2018 book selection, A Wizard of Earthsea, a young adult fantasy novel written by the American author Ursula K. Le Guin.
Posters, which must reflect the original design and creation of the student, should engage a fantasy theme, in the spirit of A Wizard of Earthsea, but they need not be directly linked to the book itself.
Students must submit posters individually—no team posters are permitted. Each entrant must be in high school or middle school and may submit only one poster.
The posters can be no larger than 11” x 17”. They may be designed in color or in black and white. Any weight of paper is allowed, but artwork must be matted. Computer graphics are permitted, as long as they are original designs of the student.
Students may submit their own works to the Massillon Museum; parents or teachers may submit works on behalf of students. Posters must be received by the Massillon Museum by 5:00 p.m., March 9, 2018, in person or via mail.
Detailed guidelines and the required entry form can be found on the Museum’s website:  massillonmuseum.org/the-big-read.
All submitted posters will be displayed from April 7 through May 6, 2018, during the NEA Big Read. The winning poster entrant and his/her art teacher will enjoy a private lunch at the Massillon Museum with award-winning illustrator Charles Vess, whose artwork is featured in the anniversary edition of A Wizard of Earthsea. The winner will also receive a matted print signed by Charles Vess.
For additional information, contact the Museum’s education and outreach manager Megan Fitze at mfitze@massilonmuseum.org or 330.833.4061.
The NEA Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative to encourage Americans to read for fun. The NEA presents the NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

“Do the Mu!”—Happy New Year!

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, January 6, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will make crazy New Year hats including resolutions to make the world a better place.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  No reservations are required.  Guests may drop in any time during the two-hour session.
 
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity.  All materials, tools, and instruction are supplied at no charge.  
 
Instructor Diane Boslett is a licensed visual arts teacher with a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland College and a master of education in integrated arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.   
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

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%.)

Massillon Museum Stark County Artists Exhibition Opening

The Massillon Museum will celebrate the opening of the annual Stark County Artists Exhibition on Sunday, December 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a reception for the artists in the main gallery. Award winners will be announced at 4:00 that afternoon.  The party is free and open to everyone.
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.
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.
Stark Countians whose artwork will be exhibited are: 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, and Anna Zotta.
“The Stark County Artists Exhibition is one of my favorite Massillon Museum traditions,” said the exhibition’s coordinator Heather Bullach. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase fresh work for established and aspiring artists alike. Each year’s show offers plenty of familiarity, as some artists return year after year, but a completely different group of jurors ensures a unique and diverse selection. No two shows are alike, but there is always something for everyone!”
In addition to viewing the Stark County Artists Exhibition on December 3, 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 will be open for viewing Stark County in the Great War, Paul Brown: Innovator, and The Immel Circus.
The Stark County Artists Exhibition, which will continue through January 31, 2018, may be seen during regular Museum hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330.844-1525
Representative artwork from the Stark County Artists Exhibition:
Michael Reynolds, Fishing in Turmoil, digital
Pamela Glover Wadsworth, Writer’s Block, mixed media
Brien Strancar, Murrini Flame, blown glass, tooled, engraved, sandblasted

MassMu to Offer Free Activities during “An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas”

During Massillon’s Light Up Downtown event, “An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas,” on Wednesday, November 29, the Massillon Museum will offer free holiday activities from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission will be free and open to everyone.
Guests will be invited to enjoy free cookie decorating (and eating).
Art instructor Gary Spangler will guide participants through some basic folds of the ancient art of origami to create beautiful handcrafted gift boxes. Although supplies and paper will be provided, guests are welcome to bring their own holiday paper for the craft.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on city streets and in nearby city lots.
For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

The Artwork of Nelly Toll Goes International

Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll, an exhibition originated by the Massillon Museum, has made its international debut. On September 28, 2017, the exhibit opened at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; it will continue through March 11, 2018. As a Jewish child in hiding in Poland during World War II, young Nelly created cheerful, colorful watercolor images of what the artist wished her world would be. 
 
As a child, Toll lived with her mother in a room in the home of a Catholic family, and hid in a “secret window,” standing mutely on the sill of a window bricked-up from the outside when required to hide. As described by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the life of Toll and children like her “was a life in shadows, where a careless remark, a denunciation, or the murmurings of inquisitive neighbors could lead to discovery and death.” 
 
Given a watercolor set by her mother, she painted small pictures of what she imagined a normal life would resemble. The images are filled with friends playing outside, pretty new dresses, parties, dinners, pets, and family—things that young artist could not have in hiding. In stark contrast to the imaginary world of her paintings, Toll also kept a diary that chronicled a young child’s experience of life in occupied Poland. Later, she was able to escape to the United States with her mother, and as an adult wrote an award-winning book about her experience, Behind the Secret Window (1993), based on her childhood diary. 
 
Dr. Toll believes strongly in emphasizing the positive values she took away from her experience to triumph over adversity. She visits middle schools, high schools, higher education institutions and community centers across the country to share her story, making contemporary connections between the Holocaust and the dangers of bullying. 
 
Dr. Toll’s watercolors are exhibited at the United States Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. and reside also in the collections of the Illinois Holocaust Education Center and Museum and Yad Vashem Museum in Israel.
 
Imagining a Better World, guest curated by Craig Joseph, was first exhibited at the Massillon Museum in 2014. Nelly Toll has worked with the Massillon Museum since 2007, when she first showed a selection of her artwork in connection with The Big Read.  The traveling exhibition,which garnered the Ohio Museums Association’s Best Exhibition award, and is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has previously been installed in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Reading, Pennsylvania; Hanover, Pennsylvania; Troy, Ohio; Dennison, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas. It will open at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, Ohio, in October 2018.
 
To learn more, visit massillonmuseum.org/nelly-toll
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. 
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visitmassillonmuseum.org.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Heather Bullach, Massillon Museum Traveling Exhibits Coordinator – 330-833-4061 x108
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

“Do the Mu”: Turkey Time

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, November 4, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will make a turkey craft to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.  
 
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity.  All materials, tools, and instruction are supplied at no charge.  
 
Instructor Gary Spangler holds bachelors’ degrees in visual art: fibers and art education: K through 12 from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from The University of Akron. He has taught art at Massillon City Schools, The University of Akron, Malone University, and the Massillon Museum. His teaching spans all ages and innumerable art forms including handcrafted books, photography, fibers, jewelry, enameling, origami, and ceramics.  
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visitmassillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

MassMu to Break Ground on its Expansion and Paul E. Brown Museum

The Massillon Museum will celebrate the groundbreaking for its expansion project and the Paul E. Brown Museum on Thursday, October 12.  Social time will begin at 5:00 p.m.; the remarks and ceremony will occur at 5:45 p.m. The public is invited and no reservations are required.
 
The expansion project, paid for with generous gifts from foundations, grants, businesses, and individuals, encompasses a new three-story building to complement the existing Art Deco Museum building, the transformation of two buildings adjacent to City Hall Street, and renovations to the existing Museum—all to better serve the community and the region.
 
“After more than a decade of imagining and strategically planning to increase the Museum’s footprint, the time has come to celebrate this pivotal moment that will transform the way our community engages with its artistic and cultural heritage,” said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon. “More of our treasured objects will be on view to illustrate Massillon’s unique stories and inspire and educate visitors of all ages. In addition, improved services for our patrons, and a permanent home in which to feature our football tradition and invite more tourism to downtown are key facets of the project.”
 
She continued, “Bob and Nancy Gessner’s leadership as campaign chairs has provided the vision to successfully launch this chapter in the Museum’s nearly 85-year history of serving the Massillon and Northeast Ohio community.  It is an exciting time; this Museum belongs to everyone, and we are creating a more accessible and vibrant cultural center for our community to enjoy.”
 
In about a year, the community can expect to enjoy additional gallery spaces, a new Paul E. Brown Museum, more classroom facilities, expanded Anderson’s in the City café and Museum shop spaces, and a flat-floor event space.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172), in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Art After Dark – More Than Just a Costume Party

“Art after Dark” on Saturday, October 14, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art will present a creative costume party set in a theatrical Halloween atmosphere—but that will be just the beginning of the fun.

For the second scary season, the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art will collaborate to present an event to remember. This year, the party will be at the Canton Museum of Art.  Everyone 18 and older is invited.

Come in costume—but don’t stay away if you prefer to party in street clothing and find amusement in the attire of other guests. To vie for special prizes, skew your costumes to fit the main categories: “Overall Best Costume” and “Best Art History Inspired Costume

The lively dance party will be interrupted only for the judging of disguises. The fun will include roaming entertainment, live music by Crystal Visions—a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, a tarot card reader, a photobooth, and entry into the galleries. Several surprises will keep guests looking out of the corners of their eyes.

Refreshments will be included in the $20 ticket price; the cash bar will feature Halloween-inspired cocktails and craft beer. Raffle tickets for unique baskets and tickets for tarot card readings will be sold separately at the event. Proceeds from the party will benefit both the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art.

Tickets may be purchased now at cantonart.org/party. Tickets will be sold at the door if they remain available.

The Canton Museum of Art is located at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton. For additional information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.

 

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, MassMu Executive Director  –  330.833.4061 x111

Rob Lehr, CMA Director of Marketing –  330.435.7666 x102

Margy Vogt, MassMu Public Relations Coordinator  –  330844.1525