Nominations are now being accepted for the fourth annual Music Educator of the Year Award sponsored by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the NEW Art Educator of the Year co-sponsored by the Canton Museum of Art and Massillon Museum.  The awards will be presented at the January 25, 2020 Canton Symphony MasterWorks concert.

With the addition of the Art Educator of the Year Award, the CSO has partnered with Canton Museum of Art and Massillon Museum to celebrate our Art Educators in the region.  “The arts are not only an essential communicative tool, but expressive outlets that foster creativity across all facets of life.  The regional educators who expose young minds to artistic experiences are an inspiration, and should be recognized for their contributions,” said Massillon Museum executive director, Alexandra Coon.   “This collaboration between three of the major arts organizations is encouraging for this region’s artistic growth,” stated Canton Symphony President & CEO Michelle Mullaly.   “The strength of the arts is increased exponentially when we work together.” The purpose of the annual award is to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music and art education as well as to honor those individuals who are making a real difference in our community through their dedication to arts education.

Nominees must be licensed Music and Art Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from all fields of Music and Visual Arts are eligible.  The honored Educators will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community.  All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration.  Former recipients of the award are not eligible to win in consecutive years.

Anyone can nominate a music or art educator for the award.  Nomination forms are available through the Stark County Educational Service Center (email Tom Piccari attom.piccari@email.sparcc.org), on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website (www.cantonsymphony.org/music-educator-year) and at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Links to the nomination forms are also available on the Massillon Museum (www.massillonmuseum.org) and Canton Museum of Art (www.cantonart.org) websites.  Nominations must be submitted by November 15, 2019.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

MassMu is a free art and history museum located at 121 Lincoln Way East in the heart of downtown Massillon. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it hosts a schedule of rotating exhibitions throughout the year, is home to the new Paul Brown Museum, offers a wide range of educational programming for all ages, and established a Sensory Room as part of its recent expansion.

The Canton Museum of Art is recognized for powerful programming, including dynamic exhibitions, an acclaimed permanent collection, popular education programs for all ages, free family events and as an artistic resource for the community. The CMA’s programming “connects art to life” in meaningful ways and is centered around American artworks and themes that allow visitors to explore innovation, social themes, history, and cultural heritage through art. Established in 1935, the CMA is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is located in downtown Canton, Ohio.