Endowment Fund

Create a Lasting Impression

A bit of history 

Although the name "ArtsinStark" has only been around since 2004, the foundation for what is now the county's arts council began in 1968 with the organization, and two years later, the building of the Cultural Center for the Arts. The focus was on managing a remarkable 330,000 square foot arts facility and running one of the nation's 80 United Arts Fund drives to raise dollars for the five organizations (Canton Ballet, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Museum of Art, Players Guild Theatre, and Voices of Canton, Inc.) who resided at 1001 Market Avenue N.  Today, ArtsinStark has broadened its reach, welcoming two additional organizations (Massillon Museum and Canton Palace Theatre) under our operating grantee umbrella and opening our annual fundraising efforts to benefit a wider range of non-profits, including schools and individual artists.

KIDS: The SmArts Grants Program encourages K-12 classroom teachers, in all disciplines, to integrate the tools and processes of the Arts into daily living and learning.  In the last six years we’ve provided $350,000 in grants to 50 county schools for 15,000 kids. 

JOBS: We revitalize downtowns and promote tourism.  We built the Canton Arts District with 26 art galleries and studios. In Alliance, Jackson, Louisville, Massillon, and Minerva we created 20/20 Vision plans.  In 2009, we co-hosted the Japanese blockbuster KIMONO.  In 2013, we unveiled The ELEVEN, a public art project celebrating the 11 greatest moments in professional football history, with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.    

COMMUNITIES: Today the seven largest arts organizations in the county receive $1 million dollars annually from ArtsinStark (the original five above plus the Massillon Museum and Canton Palace Theatre).  In addition, in 2005, we started a small grants program and have awarded $950,000 to 250 county non-profits, artists, and schools never been funded before. Those programs reach over 200,000 people a year all across Stark County. 

The ArtsinStark Foundation (fund) at Stark Community Foundation

The ArtsinStark Foundation was established at Stark Community Foundation in 2012 as an endowment to help ArtsinStark fund programs and maintain cultural facilities in perpetuity. We recognize endowment building is critically important to the future stability of our organization.

How you can Make A Difference:

·         Start a Named Fund at the Stark Community Foundation (minimum of $10,000)

·         Contribute directly to our existing endowment fund at the Stark Community Foundation

·         Include ArtsinStark in your estate plans 

Your dollars could support Cultural Center renovations, new arts programs in the schools, public art projects, training for artists, or downtown revitalization efforts --- because our job is “using the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.”

There are many ways to make a gift

·         Cash, Check or Credit Card

·         Stocks and mutual funds

·         Planned gifts – bequests, gift annuities, IRA direct transfer, beneficiary designations on           retirement accounts, trusts, life insurance and more.



How to Make a Gift:

Gifts can be made at Stark Community Foundation (330) 454-3426 or https://www.starkcf.org/make-a-gift.  (Please reference the ArtsinStark Foundation.)

You can also contact Robb Hankins at ArtsinStark to discuss specific ideas at (330) 453-1075.

To make a memorial donation on behalf of a deceased loved one or friend, please click here.