- 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 2020 winners.
Special Project Grants
Alliance Area Preservation Society
To create signage and brochure for downtown historic district
Alliance for Children & Families
To create artwork in new homes of families formerly homeless
To provide a music therapy program for patients
To hold summer clinics for high school marching band students
J.R. Coleman Sr. Outreach Services
To host an intergenerational program for seniors and preschoolers
Domestic Violence Project
To provide jewelry making classes to victims of domestic violence
Early Childhood Education Alliance
To hold an art demo and lesson with author Jamey Christoph
Early Childhood Resource Center
To host a painting workshop with artist Kat Francis
To present a monthly lunchtime concert series
Kent State Univ – Stark
To produce Black History Arts lecture & music events
To present spoken word poet Donte Clark
Massillon Public Library
To conduct family stories workshop as part of The Big Read
To conduct a student mural project focused on watersheds
North Canton Public Library
To provide an art walk during the Main Street Festival
To publish and distribute free books to schools & libraries
To provide live entertainment at Historic Main Street festival
Spring Hill Historic Home
To present a live theatre series in collaboration with community
To provide painting classes for a domestic violence shelter
YMCA, Paul & Carol David
To design an art themed little free library
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 our 2019 SmArts Grants awarded click here
- To view 2019 20/20 Vision Grants awarded click here.