900 Cleveland Ave. N.W.,
Canton OH 44702

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 ArtsinStark’s programs are designed to:
  • Promote artistic excellence
  • increase accessibility to the arts to the entire community
  • increase artistic productivity and creativity
  • educate the public on the contribution of the arts to community development
  • reflect the cultural diversity of our community

Special Project Grants:
Special Project grants are available to non-profit agencies and individual artists, for arts-related projects that demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence, community impact and outreach.  Proposals must involve  the arts (visual, dance, theatre, vocal, etc.) and will be scored on 1) artistic merit – quality of artists involved, 2) management ability — experience of organization / artist administering the program and 3) impact — number of people served or new areas of county reached.

The application period for 2020 Special Project Grants is now closed. The 2021 cycle will open in September 2020. 

  • Here are the 2019 Special Project Grant winners click here.
  • To submit a final report for a completed project click here.

K – 12 schools located in Stark County are not eligible for Special Project Grants.  Funding to schools is available through the SmArts grant program and comes in two forms:  $750 mini grants and long-term partnerships, both of which involve the superintendent, school administration, teachers, teaching artists and ArtsinStark staff.  Please contact ArtsinStark’s Director of Education for more information.

Major Arts Organizations:

Currently ArtsinStark provides operating support to the seven largest arts organizations in Stark County:  Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Palace Theatre, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Massillon Museum, Players Guild Theatre, and Voices of Canton.  The Major Arts Organizations Grant category is not currently open to any additional organizations.

  • To view the Major Arts Organization Grants click here.


  • To view SmArts Grants we’ve awarded to date click here
  • To view 20/20 Vision Grants we’ve awarded to date click here.