“Do the Mu!”—Renew MassMu

“Do the Mu!”—Renew MassMu

Participants will help dress up the Massillon Museum’s construction fence during the “Do the Mu!” workshop on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Instructor Vicki Boatright will show attendees of More »

GeekFest 2018

GeekFest 2018

Art event, inspired by comics, to be hosted at Jupiter Studios featuring a comic book contest, children’s craft therapy table, cosplay contest with cash prizes, vendors, speakers and the belly dancer, Sera More »

Canton Palace Theatre announces dedicated Canton Palace Theatre Parking Area

Canton Palace Theatre announces dedicated Canton Palace Theatre Parking Area

The Canton Palace Theatre Association, with support from the Downtown Canton Land Bank, announces dedicated parking available to patrons of the Canton Palace Theatre for events.  The dedicated parking lot is located More »

An Evening of old and new with the CSO

An Evening of old and new with the CSO

For their next MasterWorks concert, the Canton Symphony Orchestra offers a selection of works for smaller orchestras, and features their principal clarinetist Randy Klein.  This lighter classical concert is on March 3, More »

MassMu Brown Bag Lunch to Highlight Black History Month

MassMu Brown Bag Lunch to Highlight Black History Month

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Massillon Museum’s archivist, Mandy Altimus Stahl, will talk about Massillon’s role in the Underground Railroad at the Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, February 27. The More »


Canton South High School’s Production of Footloose

Footloose​ is the classic 80’s movie that has been turned into an amazing dance musical. Ren must move from Chicago to the small town Bomont when his father leaves his mom. Ren challenges the strict rules that have been created by the town minister, Reverend Shaw Moore after his son and several other teens die in a car crash. It is only through dealing with their own grief that Ren, Reverend Moore and the town of Bomont truly begin to live as a community again. This is not a story of rebellion. This is a story of loss and forgiveness.

Canton South High School brings ​Footloose the Musical ​ to their brand new Performing Arts Center as a celebration the arts in Canton Local Schools. Leading actors include senior Cameron Thompson as Ren, senior Yazmen Brandon as Ariel, senior Garrett Stallman as Rev. Shaw Moore, senior Camellia Ferguson as Vi Moore, senior Andrew Ricketts as Williard and junior Nikole McGee as Rusty. Included in the cast are staff members from each of the schools in Canton Local, making this a performance celebrating the Canton Local Schools community. Directed by Canton South Theatre teacher Stefanie Abbott Fatzinger and Canton South Choral Music teacher Amy Bush. Join us for performances on Thursday, Feb. 22, 23, and 24 2018 at 7pm at 600 Faircrest St. SE, Canton, OH 44707. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available online at ​www.cantonlocal.org​ OR available during the school day at the school during 8-11am and 1-3pm at $5 for students and $8 for adults. Questions regarding tickets can be directed to Wendy Busnick at 330-484-8010. Get ready to cut Footloose!

Copland’s Clarinet Concerto

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Dr. Dan Cavalancia, Marketing Manager of Canton Symphony Orchestra to our upcoming ConverZations on February 12, 2018 at noon.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our next ConverZations, Dr. Dan Cavalancia will be speaking on Copland’s Controversial Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by Benny Goodman. Goodman is more commonly known for his work as a swing band leader, but later in life moved back to more classical playing and literature. After starting to learn the concerto, he became concerned that he could not do the piece justice, so he approached Aaron Copland to rewrite the piece to make it easier for him. With barely any time left on his contract, he finally performed the piece to be the only performer of the work. Dr. Cavalancia explores the commissioning and creation of this work, and the unsettled early life of the composition.

Dr. Daniel Cavalancia currently serves as the Marketing Manager of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the General Manager of the Canton Youth Symphonies. An accomplished clarinetist, he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (2012) and Master of Music (2009) from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Music (2007) from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Dr. Cavalancia has performed with the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), and regularly performs with the Canton Concert Band, and freelances in the Northeast Ohio region. His past performances include various chamber music and clarinet festivals, including those in Vianden, Luxembourg and Todi, Italy. His primary teachers include Dr. Caroline Hartig, Dr. Lawrence McDonald, and Dr. Kristina Jones.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit
www.cantonsymphony.org and find each of our ConverZations events on our calendar to learn about our upcoming events.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80
thanniversary and is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Massillon Museum Seeks Vendors for Third Annual “Relics and Refabs Roadshow”

The Massillon Museum is seeking vendors for its Relics and Refabs Roadshow event, which will be held on Saturday, August 25. Highly respected appraisers; booths full of antiques, art, and repurposed objects; live music; food and beverages; demonstrations; and children’s activities will draw visitors to the third annual Relics and Refabs Roadshow.
Artists and vendors focusing on antiques, unique local treasures, and creatively upcycled functional and art objects may apply for 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited. The booth fee is $75 per outdoor space and $125 for a limited number of indoor spaces.
Admission to the event will be free. Verbal appraisals will be $5 each.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Massillon Museum’s Capital Campaign to expand its facility.
More information and vendor application forms are available at massillonmuseum.org/relicsandrefabs or by calling the Museum at 330-833-4061. To be included, vendors may apply immediately.
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. Ample free parking is available on adjacent streets and nearby city lots.
For more information, call the Massillon 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

MassMu to Host Annual Celebration in Art

Each year, the Massillon Museum exhibits artwork by area school children. The gallery bursts with color, imagination, and many more works of art than it usually displays. Art teachers in all schools within and surrounding Massillon have been invited to submit artwork by their students from kindergarten through high school.


The 2018 Celebration in Art show will open on Sunday, February 18, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with a reception for young artists from public and parochial schools throughout Western Stark County. Refreshments will be served in the lobby. The party is free and open to everyone; reservations are not necessary.  The exhibition is supported by Fresh Thyme.


The show will include about 250 examples of two- and three-dimensional student creations. Art teachers from 20 schools have submitted artwork: Amherst Elementary, Edison Middle School, Genoa Elementary, Jackson High School, Jackson Memorial Middle School, Lake Cable Elementary, Lohr Elementary, Northwest Primary, Pfeiffer Intermediate School, Sauder Elementary, St. Mary’s School (Massillon), Strausser Elementary, TC Knapp Elementary, Tuslaw Middle School,  Tuslaw Elementary School, Tuslaw High School, Washington High School, Watson Elementary School, and Whipple Heights Elementary.



Visitors will enjoy opening the door to Oscar the Skeleton’s cabinet, which resides in the lobby during the Museum’s construction project.


The Celebration in Art exhibition will remain on display through March 18. It 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. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.


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. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call 330.833.4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.


Music Educator of the Year Award Finalists Announced

The CSO is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Music Educator of the Year Award.  One of the finalists will named the Music Educator aof the Year at the orchestra’s MasterWorks concert on March 3.  Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann will present the award on stage at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. 
The Finalists are (in no particular order):
  • Richard Kibler – Lake Local Schools
  • Heather Cooper – Canton Country Day School
  • Cynthia Grove – Jackson Local Schools
  • Ralena Dahlheimer – Canton City Schools
  • Brian Kieffer – Plain Local Schools
  • Amy Bush – Canton Local Schools
  • Michele Monigold – Jackson Local Schools
  • Mindy Domer – Carrollton Exempted Village Schools
  • Beth Polen – Perry Local Schools
  • Susan Michaels – Alliance City Schools
Nominations for the award were open from mid-October-December 15, 2017.  The nominees must be licensed Music Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in the area served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  The purpose of the annual event is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to music education.  The finalists were selected by a panel of judges representing the orchestra and community.

Canton Ballet Celebrates Innovative and Diverse Choreography

Canton Ballet will present Celebrate Dance! on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre.  The beautifully restored theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue N., in Canton, Ohio.  The event is sponsored by The Canton Repository.


The repertory program offers pieces hand selected by artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley in a program of classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.  With a focus on innovation, Celebrate Dance! presents modern choreographers showcasing the athleticism, strength and versatility of dancers in a diverse display of dance.


Choreographers are Canton Ballet alumna Joy Raub of Canton, Canton Ballet alumnus Dillon Shifferly of Philadelphia PA, Lauren Smith of Jacksonville FL, Canton Ballet choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo and director Crowley.  Raub and Shifferly were trained by Lemmo, have danced professionally and now have returned to Canton Ballet to choreograph new works for the company.  Smith is with the Regional Dance America choreography connection program.


Admission specially priced for Celebrate Dance! is $10 with all seats reserved.   A group rate is available for 10 or more.  Tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The office is closed Friday and Sunday.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.


The Palace Theatre has a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for walk-ups and will-call sales.


Canton Ballet’s performance season is funded in part by county arts council ArtsinStark; the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; The Canton Repository; Kenan Advantage Group; and the Stark County Foundation

Market Street Art Spot Celebrates 7th Anniversary

What a show we have for you! We at the Art Spot will celebrate our seventh anniversary and enter our eighth year with a grand reception and combined show, a first time event at the Spot.

Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot proudly presents its seven Resident Artists and Claudia Stimer Mullane, the first featured artist of the 2018 season and her outstanding water media painting in an entirely new show entitled Serendipity and the RAs.”

The opening reception at the Art Spot for “ Serendipity and the RAs” will take place Friday, February 9, 2018 from 5 to 9 pm.

In addition to Claudia Stimer Mullane in the Front Gallery, the Art Spot will feature the works of the Art Spot’s Resident Artists Anna Rather (printmaker,painter), Joan Henninger (painter), Susan Crawford (illustrator,calligrapher) ,Michelle Mulligan ( oil painter), Laura Donnelly (potter, painter), Marty Chapman (woodturner), and Judith Singer (raku potter).

For every Anniversary Celebration, the Art Spot has featured the fine artwork of its resident Artists. This is the first such celebration to include the work of another artist. Claudia Stimer Mullane agreed to join us after her featured opening reception on January 12 had to be cancelled because of a snow and ice storm.

Claudia said recently that serendipity is one of her favorite words and speaks well to the way she paints hence the title “ Serendipity”. When she begins to paint, she rarely starts with the end in mind but approaches the end serendipitously. She noted that she experiments with mixed media as well as water media.

Claudia has participated in numerous workshops, classes and critique groups over the years garnering new ideas, techniques and inspiration that have contributed to her style of painting.

Claudia is in her 29th year of teaching elementary art in the Perry Local School District and has shown her work at art galleries throughout the Stark County area

           The Art Spot has showcased the work of its Resident Artists and featured local artists as well as 30 to 35 Display Artists from across Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York for almost eight years.

For 85 consecutive months, the Art Spot has held a Featured Artist Opening reception showcasing the fine art work of local creative artists.

This month will also bring a variety of popular music to the Art Spot with the return appearance of Minerva musician and virtuoso guitarist,  Dr. Tom Freeland.

The Minerva YMCA will sponsor February 2018’s Seventh Anniversary Celebration opening reception and the artwork of Claudia Stimer Mullane and the RAs.

The Market Street Art Spot at 217 North Market Street, Minerva, is a collaborative gallery and continues to be open for regular business on Fridays from 1pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

The display of artwork in the Front Gallery will continue at the Art Spot through March 4, 2018.

As they have done for nearly eight 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.

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.


For additional information or further comment contact:

Marty Chapman- 330-862-2745, 330-592-6306, email: lawmart1@gmail.com

“Do the Mu!”— Birds of a Feather

Participants will create beautiful origami birds at the Massillon Museum’s “Do the Mu!” workshop on Saturday, February 4, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Instructor Gary Spangler will help guests use Japanese origami folding techniques to make representational birds.
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity the first Saturday of every month. Open to participants of all ages, the session is free and all materials are supplied. Guests are invited to drop in any time during the workshop. No reservations are required.
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.  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 Fize, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x112
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with three events Blockbuster event brings gridiron to the dance floor

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


At 7:30 p.m. the HOF Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty tailgate foods, drinks, a cash bar and music by Nikolina, the Mid Day Diva of Q92 Radio.


The Game Day Performance program will open with a collaborative performance of billboard top chart hits by the Canton Symphony Youth Orchestra conducted by Matthew Jaroszewicz and DJ KOB.  Additional entertainment includes NBC’s The Voice singer and songwriter Rudy Parris, award-winning singer and songwriter Marina Strah and New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro.


Game Day Performance judges are 1996 Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, Sr., and Oakland Raiders quarterback E. J. Manuel.


The 13 couples who will dance at the Game Day Performance are Taylor Adams, Canton Central Catholic High School, and Trey Carl, Minerva; Nicole Belden, Hoover, and Darius Stokes, GlenOak;  Lauren Compton, Canton Central Catholic, and Nolan Goering, Canton Central Catholic; Hannah Dunnerstick, GlenOak, and Clayton Tabler, McKinley; Isabella Hellmann, Jackson, and Dylan Walczak, Louisville; Tamaki Hoshi, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Christian Harwood, St. Thomas Aquinas; Margaret Kingsbury, GlenOak, and Terrance Mack, GlenOak; Emily Kuntz, GlenOak, and Luke May, St. Thomas Aquinas; Morgan Lineweaver, Hoover, and Joe Fuchs, Canton Central Catholic; Anna Mears, Hoover, and Connor Fritz, Minerva; Maria Miller, Kolbe Academy, and Nicholas Oldfield, Alliance; Erika Shi, Alliance, and Lucas McGuire, Massillon Washington; and Aleesha Singh, Jackson, and Dominic Bowman, Perry.


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


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


Admissions are Game Day Performance $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for Preferred Gold seating; HOF Tailgate After Party $25 adult and $15 student. Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.


New this year are the VIP Pre Game Reception sponsored by Robert J. Events and Catering at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus and the VIP All Access Pass with admission to all three events.  Both are  sold out.


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


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


Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.  Canton Ballet is a 501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.  Its studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.  Cassandra Crowley is Canton Ballet artistic and executive director.

Pawsitive Ohio Presents “SHAKE! Shades of Gray.”

Art and animal lovers come together again to create vibrant imagery using senior adopted dogs for “Pawsitive Ohio’s SHAKE! Shades of Gray.” With support from ArtsinStark, Pawsitive Ohio—local organization dedicated to promoting dog adoption, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, pet retention and education—welcomed nine senior rescued dogs back to the photography studio to create splash-tacular images with their color-soaked fur. “This year, not only wanted to focus on our area shelters, but emphasize that adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment” explained Jennifer Harrington, director of Pawsitive Ohio.

To create the collection, senior adopted dogs were covered in pet safe pigments, and as wet dogs do, the artists shook themselves silly, spraying nearby canvases with the mix. Each of the nine featured canine Picassos shook their own combination of hues using an edible mix of cornstarch and food coloring that was developed exclusively for the project. The result is a series of images as random and as beautiful as each furry face. This project was supported by a micro-grant from ArtsinStark allowing photographer David Baio to catch the “shaking” dogs on camera. Christian Harwell of Cyrus Framing has generously framed and matted many of the photographs of our pint-sized Jackson Pollock’s to be exhibited at the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art.

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 lover 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 incredible — the result of his work is astonishing. When we added fellow animal lover, Christian Harwell’s, custom framing to David’s images, we realized that the photographs alongside the canvases truly complete the collection.

The goal of “SHAKE!” is both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless pet population across the county while showcasing the stories of our “artists” and the local organizations who helped them find homes. The community will be encouraged to learn about options available in Stark County and Northeast Ohio. 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.

After their museum tour, the photography and canvases will be auctioned during Pawsitive Ohio’s fundraising event, “SHAKE! Shades of Gray,” on Saturday, April 21 at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts. Tickets for “SHAKE! Shades of Gray.” are available at www.pawsitiveohio.org/shake. The April 21 event will invite attendees to explore the unique artwork collection while enjoying an upscale evening of top-shelf beverages, delicious hors d’oeuvres, music by Rob Thompson, and live and silent auctions.

Pawsitive Ohio offers special thanks to the selfless organizations who provided shelter for our artists until they found their forever homes including the Pitties and Kitties, Canine Lifeline, Save-a-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, the Tuscarawas Humane Society, Second Chance for Animals, Portage APL (Animal Protective League) and One of a Kind Pet Rescue, 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.

Artwork will be on exhibit prior to “SHAKE! Shades of Gray.” event on April 21, 2018 at:

March 9 – 23, 2018     Massillon Museum
Artwork from the collection will be on display in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery

April 10 ­­– 20, 2018      Canton Museum of Art
Artwork from the collection will be on display in the Courtyard area of the Canton Museum of Art