About the Facility

Pegasus StatueThe Cultural Center for the Arts is unique in its architecture and in its purpose.  It is an award-winning designed complex set on more than nine acres near the downtown business and arts districts of Canton, Ohio. In 1970, The Timken Foundation provided the site and the capital to build an integrated complex to hold the offices of the VOCI, The Players Guild Theatre, and The Canton Museum of Art as well as two stages, a recital hall, eleven exhibition galleries, workshops, classrooms, and storage facilities. In 1983, the Canton Ballet took up full residence in an addition to the Center, which provides three studios, offices and a costume shop.

There are currently four RESIDENT COMPANIES with offices and public spaces, inside the Cultural Center.  Each of these entities has their own management and staff, as well as admissions, ticket sales, fundraisers and events. 

Find out more about each of them by viewing their websites!

Canton Ballet

Canton Museum of Art

Players Guild Theatre

Voices of Canton, Inc.


The landlords:  ArtsinStark owns and operates the 330,000 square foot Cultural Center for the Arts and the covered parking deck that connects it to the Civic Center (which is owned by The City of Canton.)

ArtsinStark also owns four smaller buildings around the Cultural Center, including our administrative office with the colorful stripes that sits on the corner of 9th and Cleveland NW., the two properties next to it including a storage annex and the Ziegler Tire building, plus the ArtsinStark Education Center, across from Patrick’s Ice Cream on Cleveland Avenue NW.

(PDF) Download the Cultural Center Rental Contract

Click here to see the specs of the facilities. 

To speak with our rental manager, Anne Ashby, call 330-452-4096. 

Solar Energy Heats up and saves Green


In May 2013, ArtsinStark entered a contract with Carbon Vision to install solar panels on the roof of the Cultural Center parking deck.  These panels will be used to supply a great percentage of heating and electrical power to the 330,000 square foot facility.

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PegasusIn choosing a subject to stand askew in The Cultural Center for the Arts, Mitchell recalled that Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology, had opened a spring called Hippocrene on Mt. Helicon by striking the ground with one hoof, the water from this spring was believed to provide inspiration to the goddesses of the arts, or Muses, who drank it. "It seemed an apt subject for a building combining all their attributes," Mitchell had remarked.

Mitchell's own background included theatre experience as well as sculpture.  Prior to 1948, when he gave up his engineering position with Hercules Motors Corporation in Canton, to begin the study of sculpturing, he had been very active with Players Guild Theatre.

"Pegasus" was cast in bronze at the Brotal Foundry in Mendrisio, Switzerland, where Mitchell and his wife spent part of each year. It was first done in wax, only 11 inches high.  Final assembly was done in Canton, Ohio.

Mitchell's best known works include his Impala Fountain at the Philadelphia Zoo, the Phillips Memorial Fountain at the Philadelphia Museum, the Goat-Dragon at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the flame-like Stevenson Memorial at Illinois State University. 

Pegasus, like the Cultural Center itself, is a gift of the Timken Foundation.