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Cultural Center for the Arts

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Looking for something fun to do this week? Check out our events calendar full of arts events all over Canton and Stark County including music, dance, theatre, and so much more.

Latest News

For the latest news on the arts in Stark County, check out our news page. News from your favorite organizations like the Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, and many more.

About ArtsinStark

ArtsinStark runs one of 60 united arts fund drives in America. The $1.7 million raised through the annual arts campaign supports the area’s largest arts organizations: Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton.

ArtsInStark also provides grants for smaller arts organizations, individual artists, and other nonprofits looking to use the arts to deliver innovative programs. We underwrite the SmArts Program in the schools and help downtowns across the county use live music, public art, and artist studios and galleries to revitalize. We also produce First Friday events and keep the Cultural Center for the Arts, which will be 50 years old in 2020, running.

Our impact…

Camp Jukebox is a unique program offered to individuals age 10-21 with special needs in the community who do not have many opportunities for summer outreach programs. The ArtsinStark grant made it...

possible for campers to attend a week of camp activities with no expense to their families which is not always the case with surrounding summer camps. This is a huge relief on families that need respite care or extracurricular opportunities for family members. With the many program costs involved, grant monies made it possible to help cover these expenses so campers could enjoy the week free of charge. Parents expressed their disbelief, appreciation and thankfulness that grants were secured to make this happen. Campers performed for an audience of 300+ at GentleBrook and First Friday performances.  Lots of smiles of confidence and accomplishment on their faces!!   One young camper got permission to sign “Amazing Grace” at her baptism this year.  She learned to sign the song at camp.  This and other heart-warming tales from parents that go beyond camp week is what grant monies make possible!
Norma Capocci, Camp Jukebox.

The Early Childhood Resource Center’s Shake, Rattle and Roar music program was brought to Jackson Sherrick and Linwood Acres Community Rooms this past summer because of a grant from Arts in Stark. Over 58...

children were delighted with music and fun with their friends! The music sessions provided a language rich environment where children experienced opportunities to listen, follow directions, become creative, learn self-control and self-confidence as they found joy in music.  The drum parade was an example of this as the children marched and patted their “drums” to various rhythms and changed directions with each different song. Lywanda and Nickie regularly bring their six children (ranging in age from 6 months to 14 years) to the daily summer outreach programs.  “The summer programs at Jackson Sherrick have allowed my children to have fun and learn all in the same area.”  Many of the older children, home from school, wanted to participate and did so by helping the young ones with making their instruments and leading the parades.  Lywanda appreciated “that the instruments focused on using common household items,” that the kids could make together. The program was greatly appreciated by the children, as shown by their huge smiles, loud singing and laughter!
Sandy Turner, Educational Resource Center.

The support of ArtsinStark enables Canton Ballet to continue to carry out its mission to provide dance training and performances of the highest quality to the local community. School of Canton Ballet operates a...

year-round program of classical ballet at all levels for 300 students ages two to adult with financial aid available for low income students with the help of AIS. Last fall, nearly 2,000 young students enjoyed our Peter and the Wolf In-Theatre Experience, many of them with free admission made possible by AIS. Professional caliber performances of ballets such as Dracula, The Nutcracker, Snow White, The Little Mermaid and more are brought to Stark County with the support of AIS. Each year we provide three productions…eight performances for the public…three performances for schools…all at the Canton Palace Theatre. Long known both nationally and internationally for its high caliber of dance training and performance, Canton Ballet Company benefits from training by world class teachers who are partially funded by AIS.  Dancers trained at Canton Ballet have joined professional companies, directed their own school and companies and choreographed in many idioms as well as become doctors, lawyers and other professionals throughout the US Canada and Europe.
Cassandra Crowley, Canton Ballet .

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