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Art Educator of the Year Award

Fourth Annual Art Educator of the Year & Seventh Annual Music Educator of the Year Awards


Nominations for the 2023 Arts Educator of the Year Awards Are Now Being Accepted!

Nominations are now being accepted for the seventh annual Music Educator of the Year Award sponsored by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the fourth annual Art Educator of the Year Award co-sponsored by the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art. The awards will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at the CSO MasterWorks concert at 7:00 p.m. Nominations for this year’s awards are due by January 12, 2023. Winners of the awards will receive a $500 check. 

Nominees must be licensed Art or Music Educators in a public, private, or parochial school classroom setting in grades K-12 in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from all fields of Music and Visual Arts are eligible.  The honored Educators will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community.  Finalists will be recognized at a reception prior to the concert on March 5. Former recipients of the award are not eligible to win in consecutive years.

Anyone can nominate a Music or Art Educator for the award.  Nomination forms are available via the links below.


Nomination Form Links:

If you would like to access the nomination form(s) in a different format, please email


Previous Art Educator of the Year Award Winners:

2022: Stephen Tornero, Art Teacher at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local Schools

2021: Ashley Kessler, Art Teacher at Oakwood Middle School in Plain Local Schools

2020: Christopher Triner, Visual Art Teacher and District Art Department Chairman at Hoover High School, North Canton City Schools


Questions? Contact:

Stephanie Toole
Education & Outreach Manager
330.833.4061 x104
Email her

Massillon Museum
121 Lincoln Way East 
Massillon, Ohio 44646

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