At its December 11 board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,189,000 in grants to 66 organizations and individual artists across Stark County.  Grants were awarded in four categories: Major Arts Organizations (7), Special Projects, (19) SmArts (22), and 20/20 Vision (18). “This roughly $1.2 million is all raised through the Annual Arts Campaign each spring” says ArtsinStark board chair Brian Zimmerman, “In fact, 75% of the dollars we raise each year go across Stark County to change lives through the arts.”

Majors Arts GrantsAmountDescription
Canton Ballet$130,500To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
  school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
  to more than 300 students.
Canton Museum of Art$256,800To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
  community events, classes and outreach programs
  for more than 30,000 participants.
Canton Symphony$329,300To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
  range of intimate musical performances and
  interactive programs for young audiences.
Massillon Museum$64,800To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
  collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts
  and numerous community lectures and workshops.
Palace Theatre$44,800To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
  concerts, dance performances and special events at
  its historic theatre.
Players Guild Theatre$191,800To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
  K-12, along with classes and workshops.
Voices of Canton$43,500To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
  educational outreach to schools.
$1,061,500

 

 

The first category is Major Arts Organization Grants which go to the seven major arts organizations.  “These big arts organizations attract more than 150,000 people a year,” says committee chair Duncan Darby, “and much of that audience is tourists whose economic impact is growing every year.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second category is Special Project Grants which go this year to 19 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and totals $33,000.  The Alliance for Children & Families got a grant to create artwork in new homes for families who were formerly homeless.  The North Canton Public Library received funds for a new “artwalk” as part of the annual Main Street Festival.  Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon was awarded dollars to present a live theatre series.  “Over the last 14 years we’ve awarded more than $2 million in 900 Special Project Grants to every single community in Stark County,” says committee chair Vicki Conley, “and the impact on families and kids has been amazing.”

 

Special Project Grants
 Organization/ArtistAwardCityNew Project
1Alliance Area Preservation Society$    1,000AllianceTo create signage and brochure for downtown historic district
2Alliance for Children & Families$    3,500AllianceTo create artwork in new homes of families formerly homeless
3Aultman Hospital$    3,500CantonTo provide a music therapy program for patients
4Bluecoats$    3,500Co-WideTo hold summer clinics for high school marching band students
5J.R. Coleman Sr. Outreach Services$    2,600CantonTo host an intergenerational program for seniors and preschoolers
6Domestic Violence Project$    2,400CantonTo provide jewelry making classes to victims of domestic violence
7Early Childhood Education Alliance$     1,000AllianceTo hold an art demo and lesson with author Jamey Christoph
8Early Childhood Resource Center$     1,000CantonTo host a painting workshop with artist Kat Francis
9Goodwill Industries$     1,000CantonTo present a monthly lunchtime concert series
10Kent State Univ – Stark$     1,657Co-WideTo produce Black History Arts lecture & music events
11Martin Center$    2,750CantonTo present spoken word poet Donte Clark
12Massillon Public Library$     1,000MassillonTo conduct family stories workshop as part of The Big Read
13McWhorter, Jack$     1,000Co-WideTo conduct a student mural project focused on watersheds
14North Canton Public Library$     1,000N. CantonTo provide an art walk during the Main Street Festival
15Resch, Barb$     1,000CantonTo publish and distribute free books to schools & libraries
16Robinson, Chrystal$     1,000AllianceTo provide live entertainment at Historic Main Street festival
17Spring Hill Historic Home$    2,093MassillonTo present a live theatre series in collaboration with community
18Timberlake, Brenda$     1,000CantonTo provide painting classes for a domestic violence shelter
19YMCA, Paul & Carol David $     1,000Jackson TwpTo design an art themed little free library
$  33,000

 

SmArts Grants are the third category.  They go to school systems that want to partner with ArtsinStark to supercharge learning.  “We’ve put 250 SmArts projects for 30,000 kids in every one of the 17 public school districts in Stark County and all the Catholic Middle and Elementary Schools,” says committee chair Livvy Mull.  The chart below shows all the SmArts Grants processed to date with more still coming.

 

Partnership GrantsProjectAmount
1Alliance City SchoolsTo teach language arts to 3rd graders by producing a poetry café performance.1$     2,500
2Canton City SchoolsTo provide 12 varied residencies in elementary and middle schools.1$   22,000
3Canton Local SchoolsTo support an in-house performing arts residency. $     2,500
4Fairless Local SchoolsTo strengthen language arts through a district wide family art competition. $     2,500
5Holy Cross AcademyTo provide arts focused learning in all elementary and middle schools.1$     5,000
6Jackson Local SchoolsTo support 1st grade writing skills through the art of storytelling. $      1,000
7Lake Local SchoolsTo support in-house visual arts team. $     2,500
8Louisville City SchoolsTo create outdoor art with 2nd graders to learn mapping skills.1$     2,500
9Massillon City SchoolsTo use varied art forms to teach math, and science to 3rd & 4th graders.1$     4,000
10Minerva Local SchoolsTo teach 5th graders science concepts through various arts disciplines.1$     2,500
11Osnaburg Local SchoolsTo provide a variety of residencies for all 1st-3rd grade students. $     2,500
12Plain Local SchoolsTo teach 3rd and 4th language arts through producing an art installation.1$     2,500
13Sandy Valley Local SchoolsTo host multiple residencies for all 1st-5th grade students in school. $     2,500
14Stark County ESCTo work with artist Kris Kiko-Cozy to reach a variety of academic goals. $     2,500
 $   57,000
 
Mini GrantsProjectAmount
15Heritage ChristianTo learn Greek history by creating clay story pots with 1st-6th graders. $         750
16Marlington Local SchoolsTo provide storytelling performance for both elementary buildings. $         750
17North Canton City SchoolsTo create an in-house project with art teacher Candice Hall. $         750
19Perry Local SchoolsTo strengthen 2nd grade language arts skills through theater. $         750
20Tuslaw Local SchoolsTo use theater to teach language arts to 2nd graders. $         750
 $      3,750
 
Special GrantsProjectAmount
21PathwaysTo provide visual art and music residencies for youth at summer camp.2$     4,000
22EnrichmentTo provide visual arts residencies for youth at summer camp. $      1,000
 $     5,000
Notes: 
1) Combination of new dollars and dollars remaining from previous years$   65,750
2) Because on different fiscal years, represents only portion of what is being spent for total 12 months 

 

The fourth category is 20/20 Vision Grants.  In 2012 ArtsinStark completed a countywide arts and economic development plan called 20/20 Vision.  “One of the focuses was revitalizing downtowns,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. Halloweenfest in Louisville got funding to host a one-day event around the grand opening of the new UnHitched Brewery and the upcoming “Umbrella Alley.”  Another grant went to Jupiter Studios in Alliance to host an OddMall Fest in their downtown.  The North Canton Playhouse received funding to present a series of acting workshops for young people.  The chart below represents 20/20 Vision grants allocated to date, with aggregate projects indicating a number of grants were made to support a larger effort.

 

 20/20 Vision Grants 2020  
#Org/ArtistCityProjectAmt
1Ahh Gallery*LouisvilleTo provide live music at openings $      300
2American Legion Post #44CantonTo produce 4th of July celebration $      500
3Art at Airport *CountyTo host multiple exhibits at airport $  1,300
4Artful Living & LearningCountyTo support artists at early learning centers $  5,000
5Artist Career Workshop*CountyTo assist artists to market themselves $  1,133
6Carmany, TimCantonTo implement an Artist career marketing grant$ 1,000
7Halloween Fest*LouisvilleTo produce October streetfest downtown $  6,693
8Ford, Julie Canton To implement an Artist career marketing grant $  1,000
9Jupiter StudiosAllianceTo host Oddmall fest downtown $  1,000
10North Canton PlayhouseNorth CantonTo host acting workshops for young people $  2,500
11Phillips, Scot Canton To implement an Artist career marketing grant $  1,000
12Stark Cty Fatherhood Coalition Canton To host arts workshops for families $      500
13Stark Econ Developmt BoardCountyTo help artist small businesses $      500
14Thompson, AlaskaCantonTo produce Fusion fashion show $  2,000
15Various Artists* Canton To feature live musicians at AiS board meetings $      200
16Waalkes, Michele* Minerva To repair public artwork in Minerva/Alliance $  1,843
17Walker, ClintCantonTo produce sculpture of letters “Art” $      400
18Williams, KellyCountyTo host Hip Hop workshop and concert $  1,500
 $      28,369

 

ArtsinStark uses the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.   We are a 50 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, owns and manages the Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program, the Genius Project, 20/20 Vision, the ELEVEN, and the Canton Music Block).  Our annual budget is $3 million.  What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  In May 2019 we raised $1.66 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 14 years in a row.  More at www.ArtsinStark.com.