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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.”

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.

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 www.ArtsinStark.com

 

ArtsInStark Annual Arts Campaign: Art Changes Lives

by Todd Walburn

A month ago I attended the kick off to the ArtsInStark Annual Arts Campaign.  The room was filled with a lot of familiar faces; artists, executives, patrons and staff from many of the county’s arts organizations.  I entered the room a skeptic.  ArtsInStark had already been successful in reaching its fundraising goal ten years in a row.   This year’s goal of $1.7 million seemed enormous.  Had our community’s support for the arts found a limit?  Had we yet reached the peak of the bell curve of our artistic enthusiasm?  We all knew and understood the value of the arts in our communities, in our schools, for economic development but big goals also require an increase in the number of people who are willing to support your goals.  That clearly became this year’s challenge and it was clear that ArtsInStark had a plan to make that happen.

The impact that ArtsInStark has had in our county has been enormous.  Communities from Canton to Alliance to Minerva are witnessing the birth of new arts-related businesses; local artists are finding a place in the schools where they work with teachers of almost every subject to integrate the arts into their curriculum; area non-profits are finding unique and impactful ways to add arts programming to their services, affecting an entirely new group of clients in novel ways.  This year’s slogan “Art Changes Lives” is more than lip service: it is a statement of fact and we can all see the results.

This year we have been challenged to share our enthusiasm for these successes and bring new people on board as supporters of ArtsInStark and their county-wide outreach efforts.  “Arts1000” is an incentive in the workplace and through individual efforts to reach first-time donors to ArtsInStark while at the same time giving them a sample of the county’s artistic offerings by awarding each of these donors with an “Arts1000 Passport” with discounts and offers from a variety of local arts venues. New donors mean new investors in the growth of the arts in our communities.  It means new patrons to our venues and a new generation of arts professionals.  (New donors at the $40 or above levels also receive the traditional incentive of the ArtsInStark pARTiPass).

In a dozen years or so I can picture the room in which I sat filled with a whole new group of people who were helping ArtsInStark reach another seemingly impossible goal, excited about the future of our communities and our students and our economic growth.  If a lifetime career in the arts had taught me anything it’s that nothing is impossible if you are willing to push the boundaries, work hard and look at things in creative new ways.

ArtsInStark is slightly over 15% of its goal so there is a long way to go.  You can make a donation at www.artsinstark.com/donate. If YOU would like to be an Arts1000! Ambassador, contact Cindy Kilduff at ArtsinStark:  ckilduff@artsinstark.com

 

The Animal Kingdom Opens at Market Street Art Spot

Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot, celebrated its fifth anniversary recently and this month will hold its 63nd consecutive gala opening reception on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 5 to 9pm as we celebrate “ The Animal Kingdom”, a juried group show based on the theme of the animal world.

The Art Spot has invited artists from throughout Northeast Ohio to submit work on the theme of the Animal Kingdom and we will have over 40 pieces of new work to show and sell. Among the artists who will have work at the gallery are Steve Shonk, Sean Johnson, Lori Perry, Cheri Bell, Patricia Harper, Anna Rather, Donald Jeffrey, Judi Longacre and the Art Spot’s resident artists, Michelle Mulligan, Judie Singer, Marty Chapman and Laura Donnelly.

The Art Spot at 217 North Market Street, Minerva, is a collaborative gallery, and every monthly 2nd Friday for 63 consecutive months, the Spot has celebrated completely new work of area artists with an opening reception featuring free refreshments and live music. This month, Rock, Salt and Nails, an acoustic folk music group based in Alliance, will provide live musical entertainment.

This remarkable show of works from the Animal Kingdom will continue at the Art Spot through May 7, 2016.

As they have done for more than five years, The Art Spot’s local volunteers and Resident Artists will provide outstanding food, and refreshments.  As always, the reception, music and show are free and open to the public thanks to this month’s generous sponsor, the Village of Minerva.

In addition to the featured Resident Artists Michelle Mulligan, Laura Donnelly, Judith Singer and Marty Chapman, Market Street Art Spot’s more than 30 Display Artists will have new works on exhibit and for sale.

The Market Street art Spot is a collaborating partner with Arts in Stark and Carroll County Arts, the Village of Minerva, Minerva Local Schools and the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce.

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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 www.ArtsinStark.com

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 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 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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Winners Announced for Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest

The five winners of the “Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest” have been selected.  Each winning artist will receive $250 and is allowing their painting to be used on one of the five banner murals to be installed on buildings in downtown Minerva this spring.  The five winners are: Heather Connor, Diane Betz Granger, Joan Henninger, Michelle Mulligan, and Anna Rather.

“We want to celebrate the work of Minerva artists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. “So we are going to blow up these paintings really large and start mounting them on buildings along Minerva’s historic Market Street.  “The Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest” is part of 20/20 Vision — a project of the Village of Minerva and the County Arts Council that uses arts and history to revitalize downtown.

1) Heather Connor grew up in the Minerva countryside loving to draw the natural world that surrounded her. Wanting to pursue her art interests, she became an art educator at United Local Elementary School. She draws, paints, and inspires creativity in young minds. Heather’s artistic focus is nature and landscape painting along with portraiture and interior design.  Her work Autumn Road is acrylic on canvas.

2) Diane Betz Granger can’t remember a time when she wasn’t drawing, especially portraits of people and animals. She has been the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Arts and Crafts Coordinator and the Cleveland Post Office’s first artist in the Marketing and Communications Division.  Diane found a new level of joy when she began teaching art classes to students of all ages 24 years ago.  Her work Majestic Animals is acrylic on canvas.

3) Joan Henninger has lived most of her life in Minerva, Ohio, and began art lessons at age 14.  She taught for 32 years in the Minerva Local School District.  “My oil painting is generally realistic,” says Joan, “I find the visual world around me to be a place of wonder and amazement, and I want my art to reflect this.”  Her work Poppies is oil on canvas.

4) Michelle Mulligan has spent the better part of her adult life raising a family with her husband, but has always managed to find an outlet for her creativity.  “I try to paint as often as I can,” says Michelle, “not only as an outlet for the gift God has placed in me, but also as a means to refine that gift and for the immense pleasure the whole process brings.”  Her work The Kid is oil on canvas.

5) Anna Rather believes she was born with a paint brush in her hands.  In Houston, Texas  she studied art in high school, then went on to get multiple art degrees from the University of North Texas, Ball State, and The San Francisco Art Institute.  Anna makes all kinds of art: surreal ocean imagery, abstract works using Legos as stamps, collages, dismantled electronics transformed into art, and visual diaries that capture the stories of her life.  Her work Diary Portrait 39 is finger printing, drawing, paint, and ink on paper.

20/20 Vision Minerva was created in 2012 by a task force chaired by Pat Miller.  The goal by the year 2020 is to transform the three blocks downtown from Hart Mansion to West Line Street into a tourism destination called “Minerva’s Market Street.”  There locals and visitors can experience Minerva history while enjoying fun shops and eateries.  20/20 Vision Minerva is an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva. To see a copy of the entire 20/20 Vision Minerva plan, please visit http://artsinstark.com/20-20-vision.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend in Stark County

Love is in the air in Stark County, and we’ve got the list of spots where you’ll want to be with the one you adore. From the casino to the symphony, Stark County is the place to be to make Valentine’s Day Weekend extra sweet!

For the Musical Lovebirds:

  • MasterWorks Young at Heart Concert
    When: February 14, 7:30PM
    Where: Umstattd Performing Arts Hall
    Tickets:  $25, $35, $45
    Learn More: www.cantonsymphony.org
    What is more romantic than the story of the young love between Romeo and Juliet?  The CSO will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy on the MasterWorks concert “Young at Heart,”  featuring the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Youth Symphony, and Canton native and current Juilliard School of Music scholarship violin student, William Shaub as guest soloist.
  • Scotty McCreery in Concert
    When: February 12, 8PM (doors open at 7:00PM)
    Where: Canton Palace Theatre
    Tickets: $44, $64
    Learn More: www.cantonpalacetheatre.org
    Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. By age 21, the talented singer/songwriter has sold nearly 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, and debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart! The concert is presented by Dusty Guitar Promotions and The Repository.

For the Foodie Sweethearts:

  • Addicted to Love
    When: February 13, 7-11PM
    Where: Fieldcrest Estate
    Tickets: $75 per couple
    Learn More: www.fieldcrestestate.com
    You might as well face it, you’re addicted to love.  Get your “fix” this Valentine’s Weekend with a couple’s treat featuring fondue appetizers and dessert with a full meal in between.  Choose from a chicken or vegetarian offering at just $75 per couple with cozy seating and heart- pumping tunes played by Canton’s own DJ Nikolina. Cash bar. Reservations can be made by calling (330) 966-2222 or visiting www.fieldcrestestate.com/rsvp. Book a room at the Inn and really make it a night!

For the Casino Casanovas:  

  • Canton Ballet’s Red Velvet Party Casino Royale
    When: February 12, 6:30PM for VIP Guests, 7PM for Casino Guests
    Where: The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography
    Tickets: $75 General Admission, $125 VIP
    Learn More: www.cantonballet.com
    A fun-filled evening with dinner by Brookside Country Club, a cash bar, live music, as well as Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Russian Roulette, Craps tables, and slot machines presented by Great Lakes Casino Events. You may wish to take a chance with the different raffles that will offer very special items such as trips and getaways, gift certificates, exceptional wines, and more! Start the party early and be a VIP guest who will enjoy a private wine and champagne tasting in the Belden loft.

For the Artsy Admirers:

  • Valentine’s Couples’ Clay Workshop
    When: February 13, 1:00-3:00PM
    Where: Massillon Museum
    Tickets: $20 per couple for Members / $25 per couple for Non-Members
    Learn More: www.massillonmuseum.org
    Share some creative fun with someone you love during a one-day clay workshop for adults offered by the Massillon Museum. Instructor Kaitlyn Gutshall, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, will lead the session. The registration fee includes instruction and materials. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Participants may register by phone at 330-833-4061.
  • Studio Arts & Glass Sweetheart Sale
    When: February 12, 10AM-6PM; February 13, 10AM-5PM
    Where: Studio Arts & Glass Sweetheart Sale
    Learn More: www.studioartsandglass.com
    Give your Valentine a unique gift of glass to treasure forever by visiting the Sweetheart Sale at Studio Arts & Glass!  Browse an extensive selection of stunning, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces. Studio Arts & Glass features wearable art, stunning jewelry, glass flowers, hearts, hand-blown vases, and so much more!

For the Cultural Heartthrobs:

  • Discover Downtown Celebration
    When: February 12, 5-9PM
    Where: North Market Street in Downtown Minerva
    Learn More: www.minervachamber.org
    Minerva’s Discover Downtown celebration will highlight the arts, shopping, and food/drink available on North Market Street. Kishman’s IGA has craft beer and wine tastings; the Market Street Art Spot is celebrating its fifth anniversary; All About the House and Soul Creations have great sales on their unique gifts; McFeeders Tae Kwon Do and Komodo Dragon Martial Arts both invite visitors to observe classes. Al & Dave’s Pizza and Que Pasa are open and offering extensive menus. Pick up a map at any participating business, get it initialed or stamped at six or more locations, and return it to the Art Spot by 9:00PM to be entered in the raffle to win gift certificates to local vendors valued from $10-$200!

For the Theatrical Paramours:

  • Murdered by the Mob, A Roaring ’20s Gangster Murder Mystery
    When: February 12 at 7PM (doors open at 6PM)
    Where: Skyland Pines Event Center
    Tickets: $35
    Learn More:  www.lctstark.com
    Enjoy a night of mystery dinner theatre as performers from Louisville Community Theatre turn Skyland Pines into “D’Angelo’s,” the hottest speakeasy in all of Chicago. If you think the ‘20s are roaring, you ain’t heard nothin’ ‘til you’ve been to this joint! Ticket price includes dinner (choice of entree) and a uniquely interactive performance. Cash bar.  For reservations, call 330-685-1927 or email LCTstark@gmail.com.

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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 www.artsinstark.com/grants

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 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 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%.)