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 process for 2021 grants is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted concept forms.

2021 Grant Recipients

Org / Artist




Aultman Health Foundation



To provide art therapy for patients & hospice staff members

Baggs, Damon



To provide a series of dance & music performances exploring African descendants

Into Light



To produce portraits & hold an exhibition addressing Substance Use Disorder

Malone University



To create online art & culture lessons for children with local artists

NEON Theatre



To present a theatre program in collaboration with The Big Read

Project REBUILD, Inc.



To produce a youth building community podcast

Smith, Sammy Kay



To produce a mystery podcast series with local actors & musicians

Walsh University



To host a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, gallery talks & workshops

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.

News & Profile Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in sharing your arts and culture news or profile in ArtsinStark’s feed! Please make sure your news meets the following guidelines before submitting, or we may be unable to include it on our site:

  • News or profile must be related to an artist or organization in Stark County, Ohio.
  • News or profile must be arts, entertainment or culture related. 

Event Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in sharing your event in ArtsinStark’s event calendar! Please make sure your event meets the following guidelines before submitting, or we may be unable to include your event:

  • Priority will be given to events organized by or in support of local non-profit organizations. 
  • Event must take place in Stark County, Ohio.
  • Event must be arts, entertainment or culture related. 
  • Event must be open to the public. No private events.
  • Event can be free or ticketed but must include a link to a website or social media event where more information is available. 
  • Event must be submitted at least one week prior to the start date.