The Massillon Museum is more than an institution filled with art objects and historical artifacts. The museum, housed in a structure that has undergone extensive remodeling in recent years, not only “celebrates local history and artwork,” as its website promises, it also “educates members and visitors in various art forms and historically significant events, creates opportunities for exposure to social offerings and preserves the shared heritage of the Western Stark County community.”
The mission of the Canton area’s foremost dance company is tri-fold in nature. The role of Canton Ballet in the community is to train young ballet performers, encourage the many talented dancers to perform in front of audiences and to inform members of the public about dancing through a variety of educational and entertaining outreach programs. In that, it has achieved commendable success.
For nearly 50 years, ArtsinStark has championed creativity in Stark County. The private nonprofit is on an ongoing mission to “create smarter kids, new jobs and healthier communities,” said President and CEO Robb Hankins.
When we think about “the arts,” often we go huge: the Louvre, Broadway, Swan Lake, Picasso. Perhaps without even realizing it, though, many parents instinctively know the value of the arts and incorporate them into our children’s lives in much smaller ways. Otherwise, why would we give our toddlers that first pack of crayons?
Monday night, I had the honor of attending Art & Ale at Royal Docks Brewing Company. I had always wanted to attend an art and alcohol event, and I was excited to see something happening at one of the new breweries.
Last month, I received an invitation to come to Allen Elementary School in Canton for a demonstration of sorts. Awaiting me inside was a class of preschoolers, ready to show me what it means to live artfully. As is habit, I’m getting ahead of myself.