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.
Ask Claudette Hankins about her dressing room. It’s her favorite place inside her Lake Cable home. The former spare bedroom was redesigned by Christine Ridgway, principal and lead designer of Empire Designs and Events, and features a chandelier, white antique armoire and wall-to-wall open shelving to perfectly organize and display Hankins’ vast wardrobe, including some of her roughly 120 hats.
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.
Ten years ago, Robb Hankins stepped foot in Stark County for the first time. Surveying downtown Canton, he saw the Palace Theatre, a lone art gallery (Second April Galerie & Studios, then on 6th Street) and five pieces of public art.
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.
When Robb Hankins arrived in Canton from Eugene, Oregon, in 2005, he and his wife, Claudette, drove around downtown and observed the Palace Theatre, a single art gallery called 2nd April, and a few pieces of public artwork.
With so much happening downtown, who are the driving forces behind all of the changes? With the help of the About advisory board, we selected these 10 community leaders to put a spotlight on the positive changes they are making downtown. Here’s who is moving and shaking downtown:
I believe that inventors, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs do the same things. They imagine the new and then make it real. They innovate our lives. America is the world’s birthplace for new ideas and technology.
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