At noon on Wednesday ArtsinStark hosted a very big celebration at a very small neighborhood art gallery called Alexander’s Art House (2433 Fourth Street NW).  At the party, ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins thanked the Chair of the 2019 Annual Arts Campaign Paul Hiltz, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center for being a true leader for the arts.  “Paul and his wife Chris live in the Arts District and see how art changes lives every day.”  Hankins then announced the campaign had raised $1,660,000 and made its goal.  In doing so, ArtsinStark becomes the only united arts fund drive in America to make goal for the last 14 years in a row. ArtsinStark Board Chair Brian Zimmerman thanked the nearly 2,500 corporate, foundations, and individual donors, as well as the 100 volunteer workers, and the 25 arts workplaces for making history once again.  “Because people see how the arts are changing lives here — one kid at a time,” said Zimmerman who added, “The arts in Canton and Stark County are revitalizing our downtowns and attracting tourists at levels never before imagined.”    Gallery owner Alexander Minturn, who came to Canton from Columbus to open Alexander’s Art House, showed the crowd of 100 people his original paintings and singer/songwriter Steve Farley performed for them.

 

Almost 75% of the dollars raised go to support arts organizations, big and small, who reach more than 150,000 kids and adults every year.  Last year ArtsinStark, and the county’s seven major arts organizations: Canton Ballet, Players Guild, Canton Museum of Art, Massillon Museum, Canton Symphony, Palace Theatre, and Voices of Canton brought the arts to 67,000 kids.  The rest goes to maintain the Canton Cultural Center which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, and to put arts programs in schools and downtowns all across Stark County and the region.

 

ArtsinStark’s mission is to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.   It is a 49 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, owns and manages the Canton Cultural Center, runs the Annual Arts Campaign to raise money for all the arts here — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program, the Genius Project, 20/20 Vision, the ELEVEN, the Canton Music Block).  Its annual budget is $3 million.  What it doesn’t earn, ArtsinStark raises each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  More at www.ArtsinStark.com.

k hosted a very big celebration at a very small neighborhood art gallery called Alexander’s Art House (2433 Fourth Street NW).  At the party, ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins thanked the Chair of the 2019 Annual Arts Campaign Paul Hiltz, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center for being a true leader for the arts.  “Paul and his wife Chris live in the Arts District and see how art changes lives every day.”  Hankins then announced the campaign had raised $1,660,000 and made its goal.  In doing so, ArtsinStark becomes the only united arts fund drive in America to make goal for the last 14 years in a row. ArtsinStark Board Chair Brian Zimmerman thanked the nearly 2,500 corporate, foundations, and individual donors, as well as the 100 volunteer workers, and the 25 arts workplaces for making history once again.  “Because people see how the arts are changing lives here — one kid at a time,” said Zimmerman who added, “The arts in Canton and Stark County are revitalizing our downtowns and attracting tourists at levels never before imagined.”    Gallery owner Alexander Minturn, who came to Canton from Columbus to open Alexander’s Art House, showed the crowd of 100 people his original paintings and singer/songwriter Steve Farley performed for them.

 

Almost 75% of the dollars raised go to support arts organizations, big and small, who reach more than 150,000 kids and adults every year.  Last year ArtsinStark, and the county’s seven major arts organizations: Canton Ballet, Players Guild, Canton Museum of Art, Massillon Museum, Canton Symphony, Palace Theatre, and Voices of Canton brought the arts to 67,000 kids.  The rest goes to maintain the Canton Cultural Center which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, and to put arts programs in schools and downtowns all across Stark County and the region.

 

ArtsinStark’s mission is to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.   It is a 49 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, owns and manages the Canton Cultural Center, runs the Annual Arts Campaign to raise money for all the arts here — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program, the Genius Project, 20/20 Vision, the ELEVEN, the Canton Music Block).  Its annual budget is $3 million.  What it doesn’t earn, ArtsinStark raises each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  More at www.ArtsinStark.com.