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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions at CMA

Museum Update for 4/01/2020:

• Canton Museum of Art is Temporarily Closed to the Public Until Further Notice. 


• All Programs, Events, and Classes Are Cancelled Through May 1. See Below for School of Art Spring/SummerClass Details.


• Go virtual with your CMA throughout this temporary closure! Look for us on Facebook every Wednesday at 12 noon for Live events, and throughout the week as we post additional content.  You can also Explore the Museum’s Collection in our online collection area. Plus, Museum To Go virtual tours and art-making activities, art therapy relaxation, and other content is being regularly posted at our CMA From Home page here.


• Further Updates Will Follow as the COVID-19 Pandemic Evolves and CMA has Guidance from Public Health Officials.


• The Staff and Board of the Museum THANK YOU for Your Support and Understanding During this Time. Stay Safe and Stay Healthy, and We Look forward to Welcoming You Back to CMA – “Where Art Meets Life”


  * * CMA will continue to post any updates on this page. * *

School of Art Classes Update for 4/01/2020:

Spring classes and workshops for children and adults in the CMA School of Art are canceled through spring and summer of 2020. As of right now we are still planning on running Summer Art Camps in June and July.  **Please read below**


Dear School of Art Students,

In light of developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided for the safety of our students and instructors that we will be canceling spring classes and workshops. As of right now we hope to continue to hold summer camps in June and July.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. The Canton Museum of Art is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on class registration purchases. The Canton Museum of Art will continue to pay its instructors for the canceled classes, and we hope you will consider donating the cost of your registration or holding onto your registration now to take classes and workshops in 2020-2021. The fall session will be starting back up in September, and we will email the new offerings to registered students giving them first priority sometime in May.

**Please choose from the options below in regards to your School of Art Class or Workshop.**

  1. I would like to donate the cost of my registration to the Canton Museum of Art (this donation is tax-deductible).
  2. I would like to keep my registration money through a gift card to be used for another class or workshop in 2020-2021 or any other purchase at CMA.
  3. I would like a refund at this time.

*Please respond with the class and the name you are registered under/for at*

Thank You,
Erica Emerson
Education Director


A Message from the Director:

Dear Friends of the Museum,

The Canton Museum of Art is a place where people love to be and to connect with art and with each other. At this time, public health experts tell us that limiting gatherings is the best way to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As you know, the Museum is temporarily closed to the public and all classes are suspended through April 12th.


Temporarily closing the Museum, however, does not mean we will stop fulfilling our mission to be “the place where art meets life” and bringing you inspiring connections to art and the arts.


In fact, CMA is working alongside other arts organizations in the community to bring you art at home or wherever you may be in the coming weeks. We are creating and sharing online virtual exhibition tours and art-making activities as part of our Museum To Go program, taking in-depth looks into parts of the CMA Collection, and a wide range of other content to engage, entertain, and educate families, children, and everyone. Look for us on Facebook every Wednesday at 12 noon for Live events, and throughout the week as we post additional content.  You can also Explore the Museum’s Collection of American artworks in our Online Galleries, including classic paintings by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Alice Schille.


We know that there will be further changes in this situation, and we are monitoring daily developments through our public health and government officials. Please look for ongoing news and updates about the Museum’s classes, new exhibitions, and events through our regular channels, including our website and social media. Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we work together to help all of our community stay safe and healthy.


Warm regards,

Max R. Barton II

Executive Director


News Release 3/18/2020:

Area Museums Collaborate to Provide Online Education and Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 18, 2020, Canton, Ohio –As the community works together to keep COVID-19 at bay, Stark and Tuscarawas County museums have organized to present content to their audiences in the comfort and safety of their homes or offices. 


To stay informed, engaged, and entertained, log on to the Facebook pages of the McKinley Museum and Presidential Library, Massillon Museum, Canton Museum of Art, National First Ladies' Library, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum for content that will be posted daily at noon. Each institution will provide a virtual program that varies from week to week on a prearranged schedule.


Massillon Museum executive director, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, said her museum peers had been calling and emailing one another as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated to keep each other apprised of their public messaging, and to strategize on how they could work together to maintain visibility and serve the community in fulfillment of their missions. She says, "The museums in our community are here for the public benefit. Just because our doors are closed does not mean our responsibilities to the public diminish. In fact, we could argue our value is more important than ever, as we have resources in place to make content available online."


On Mondays, the McKinley Museum and Presidential Library will present information about presidential history, pioneer life, astronomy, and the animals in the McKinley Museum’s Discover World. (


Each Tuesday, the Massillon Museum will focus on objects in its new permanent collection galleries—the 1908 Jewel automobile, the six-foot carved dragon from an 1890s mansion, 19th- to 21st-century paintings and sculpture, American Indian artifacts, and more.  Its March 24 and April 28 Brown Bag Lunch programs will be presented virtually as well. (


The Canton Museum of Art’s Wednesday posts will share virtual exhibition tours and art-making activities as part of its Museum To Go program, take in-depth looks into parts of the CMA collection, and feature a range of content to engage, entertain, and educate people of all ages. (


Every Thursday, the National First Ladies’ Library will celebrate women’s history, the Saxton McKinley family, and the library’s 2020 themes—women’s rights, the suffrage centennial, campaigning first ladies, and women running for office. It will provide content to listen to as well as interactive lessons and activities for adults and youth. (


The 100+ years of professional football history will be the Friday focus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Facebook programs. (


On Saturdays, the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum will address topics such as railroad history, World War II, canteen history, railroads, amusement parks, and Bing—the museum’s World War I mascot. (


“Visit Canton and the entire tourism industry applaud the partnership and creativity to continue to bring programming to our community and guests during this unprecedented time,” said Ally Bussey, president of Visit Canton. “We are so proud of our amazing tourism assets and the value they add to our lives, and we hope that our communities will rally around these treasured institutions and continue to support them as we navigate this challenging environment.” 


Visit Canton encourages residents to stay informed of interim opportunities like this collaboration as well as other ways to support local businesses on its website,, or on social media at #visitcanton.

CMA COVID-19 Measures & Public Resources

In response to the rapidly changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in our region and community, the Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is following guidance from our public health authorities as well as government recommendations, including continuing to proactively clean all public spaces and surfaces, encouraging staff to work from home, and reminding everyone about the importance of frequent hand washing.


Preventative Actions from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the virus:


  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If hand washing is unavailable, use hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


We encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19. Here are links to additional health resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

Ohio Department of Health -

World Health Organization -


More information from Canton / Stark County Ohio public health authorities:

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