What’s new at Mu? Art educators finalists show their debut

The Massillon Museum is presenting the Art Educator of the Year finalists exhibition in its Lower Level Lobby from March 15 through April 1. The Massillon Museum, the Canton Museum of Art and the Canton Symphony have partnered to create awards to promote greater understanding and appreciation of music and arts education, and to honor those individuals who, through their dedication to music and Art education can make a real difference in our community.


The artists in the exhibition are the finalists or the students of the finalists for the 2022 Art Educator of the Year Award presented by the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art.

The finalists are: Matthew J. Ferrell, Instructor of Technical Education, Media Arts and Communications, Massillon Washington High School; Candice Greene, art teacher, North Canton Middle School and Hoover High School; Brian Poetter, art teacher, Jackson Memorial Middle School; Susan Rusu, visual arts teacher, Perry High School; and Stephen Tornero, fine arts teacher, Oakwood Middle School.

Nominees include arts educators who make a difference in the lives of students from diverse backgrounds and abilities, regularly engage with students outside of the classroom, make a significant impact on their community through teaching music or art, and inspire students to achieve appropriately high levels musical or artistic understanding and ability and instill in their students a lifelong appreciation of music or art.

Nominees are licensed arts educators in public, private, or church classrooms in grades K-12 in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center. Finalists and award winners will be selected by a panel of qualified judges from the community.

Why you should attend

Visitors can also see exhibitions at the Paul Brown Museum, Studio M, Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery, Albert E. Hise Fine and Decorative Arts Gallery, Immel Circus, Local History Gallery, and Photography Gallery. Admission is always free.

when you go

WHAT – Finalists for Art Educator of the Year at MassMu

WHEN – March 15th to April 1st

WHERE – Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E.

MORE – massillonmuseum.org or 330-833-4061

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