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.
July 5, First Friday: First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. It begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for July is Chalk the Walk. The free First Friday family movie at the Canton Palace Theatre is “Wonder Park,” and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. downtowncanton.com
Denise Hallett was reading the newspaper when she saw an article that spoke to her heart. The Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem program was seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for children in Stark County who have been neglected, abused or deprived of parental support.
The vision for the area bordering Market Avenue N on some First Friday of the future is hazy and dreamlike. Details of the vision, like most dreams, still are fuzzy in the dusk-like light of the final stages of planning for the redevelopment of the Market Square green space area between Third and Fourth streets NW.
Thomas Bernabei became Canton’s 60th mayor in January. The inauguration served as a homecoming for the 1964 Lehman High School graduate who served the city for two decades before taking over as the interim leader of the county’s transit system and being elected Stark County commissioner.
ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins has seen firsthand the transformation of downtown Canton in the last decade. Now he hopes the change not only attracts new visitors to the Canton Arts District but also helps downtown Canton progress even further.