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Lake High School Art Student Receives
1st Place Award at Annual High School Art Exhibit

26 Years of Celebrating Stark County Student Talent with Over 100 Works of Art

April 12, 2017, Canton, Ohio — The Canton Museum of Art, supported by Cleveland State University, University of Mount Union, Malone University, Kent State University Stark, Walsh University, Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, and Columbus College of Art & Design presents the 26th Annual Stark County High School Art Exhibit, on view through April 16, 2017.


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Museums Make the Case for Funding Arts & Humanities

The arts and cultural industry is an economic engine, a $704 billion industry that represents 4.2 percent of our nation’s GDP. Museums are a critical component of that engine, contributing $21 billion a year to the U.S. economy and sustaining more than 400,000 jobs. With funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and many other programs, including affiliate state agencies such as the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) and Ohio Humanities (OH), museums and other arts organizations contribute to our education, cultural identity, and quality of life. If these resources cease to exist, as proposed in the recent budget blue-print submitted by the president to Congress, the loss will be felt right here in our communities—we lose both economically and culturally, and we also lose a piece of ourselves.


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Art for Health & Healing Program

Expressive Art Therapy Program Connects with New Audiences.

In response to the growing need for expressive art therapy services in Stark County, Canton Museum of Art (CMA) began the Art for Health and Healing Program in January 2017. This unique hands-on program was conceived and developed by the CMA staff and local art therapy consultant, Gail Wetherell-Sack.

Group leaders and therapists from local service organizations utilize the Museum’s exhibitions and art therapist-led experience in conjunction with existing therapeutic efforts, or as a way for their patients to visually express themselves and focus on positive life experiences. This program would not be possible without the lead sponsor, Stark County Mental Health Addiction & Recovery.


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Canton Museum of Art

Canton Museum of Art is beyond grateful to have received a thoughtful gift from artist Judith Brandon of her piece Golden Rule, which was recently displayed in our lobby. We greatly admired the piece when it was here for our Three Voices exhibit and know that it will contribute significantly to our Permanent Collection.

Judith Brandon grew up in Ohio, in a house at the bottom of a hill. Every spring, she would have to help her mother “rescue” their basement as it flooded with water. These occurrences helped to inspire the thematic character of her artwork–how nature can sweep us away, stirring up our emotions and causing us to feel helpless or awestruck.


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