ArtsinStark is a nonprofit organization that awards grants, manages the Cultural Center for the Arts and runs the annual Arts Campaign.



ArtsinStark is a nonprofit organization that awards grants, manages the Cultural Center for the Arts and runs the annual Arts Campaign.


ArtsinStark began in 1968 with the dream of members of the Timken family to build a cultural center alongside Canton Memorial Civic Center, which is owned by the city of Canton.


ArtsinStark relies 100 percent on private donations earned through the annual Arts Campaign and occasional grant awards throughout the year. It is not a government-supported agency, even though the tagline “county arts council” is part of its description. As such, the best way for others to help is through cash donations, accepted all year.


Although donations are the No. 1 need, a close second is people to participate in the arts. Attend a show, concert, play, art film. Take part in a First Friday. Sign yourself, your child or your grandchild up for a class at one of the museums, the ballet, our theaters or learn to make jewelry, blow glass, create a found-art collage. Buy local art for birthdays, graduations, weddings — or just because.


1. In the last six years, ArtsinStark has invested $250,000 in 50 county schools and 15,000 kids through the SmArts program.

2. The Grants Program awards $1.25 million in grants annually.The first $1.1 million goes to the seven largest arts groups — Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Palace Theatre, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Players Guild Theatre and Voices of Canton. The next $150,000 is given in 100 smaller grants to 250 county nonprofits, artists and schools never funded before.

3. ArtsinStark was the recipient of a 2012 Governor’s Award for the Arts.

4. AIS launched the 2020 Vision Program for Arts and Economic Development in Massillon, Alliance, Louisville, Minerva, Jackson and downtown Canton — plus targeted programs for tourism (Canton Loop), public art (the Eleven) and innovation.


WHAT: The arts umbrella for Stark County, directed by Robb Hankins, president and CEO.

BOARD MEMBERS: Mark Wright, chairman; Barbara Abbott, Emil Alecusan, Paula Blangger, Laura Brady, Dan Bryan, Shelly Chadwick, Jan Clark, Vicki Conley, Janet Weir Creighton, Joe Daleiden, Linda DeHoff, Maxwell F. Deuble, David Dingwell, Charles Ducey, Domenic Ferrante, Lurene Gasser,T. Stephen Gregory, Faye Heston, Jill Hogan, Michael Hostetler, Ann Hunt, Marilyn Thomas Jones, Jennifer Kessel, Emily Klink, Carmela Lioi, Greg Luntz, Jacqueline A. Musacchia, Lucia Pileggi, Debra Reho, Robert E. Roland, Gary Sirak, Susan Steiner, Robert R.Timken, Dustin Vrabel and Sharon Young.

PROCEEDS: Funds go toward the arts programs in Stark County.

DONATIONS: To make a donation, go online at or send to ArtsinStark, 900 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44702.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass