The Joy of SMARTS


JOIN US as we celebrate with art, music, & merriment to support SMARTS in honor of the legacy of our friend & past SMARTS Circle member, Joy White. Bid on your favorite works from local and regional artists, enjoy live music by local band Black Wolf & the Thief, watch live art demonstrations, & purchase art and swag from the SMARTS Store. This is an adult event, so be ready to enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar featuring a bourbon taste, wine, and beer!

WHEN: Friday, June 21 5:30-9:30 pm

VIP Preview Party - 5:30-6:30 pm

  • Meet the artists! The VIP hour includes delicious hors d'oeuvres, live music and arts demonstrations, access to early bidding opportunities, a cash bar, and the opportunity to mingle with the artists whose work you will bid on throughout the evening!

Main Event - 6:30-9:30 pm

Tickets are limited - get yours now!
$55 VIP        $30 Main Event

Meet the band: Black Wolf & the Thief! 

Black Wolf & the Thief is a percussion driven, female-fronted, keyboard saturated group from Warren, Ohio. The band’s genre is hard to pinpoint; taking inspiration from indie groups like MGMT & Glass Animals and mixing them with the sounds of R&B artists like Leon Bridges, they have been called by some “the David Lynch of music.” Whatever you call it, their original music captures all of the emotions of being a human. Their live show is a fluid, high energy experience that brings that music to life and invites listeners along for the ride.

Call to Artists: artwork needed!

We are seeking emerging and established artists in our region, asking that you consider donating one (or more!) pieces of your original artwork OR pieces from your collection of other artists' work that you may not have use for any longer. Our goal is 120 unique pieces. Read the call to artist letter below for more information!

What you get: a VIP ticket to attend for free, recognition in our digital event program and other marketing materials, and the opportunity to network with other artists during the event VIP hour.

Sponsor this event!

We need your support! SMARTS Fundraising goal for the 23-24 year is $70,000 - a fraction of what it costs to support SMARTS free programming. Click on the sponsorship letter below to see all sponsorship opportunities. Call Sarah at 330.574.2787 Ext.1 with any questions!

What you get: VIP tickets to attend for free, ad space & recognition in our digital event program, on our website, and SMARTS-affiliated social medias,  and the opportunity to mingle with other sponsors and artists during the event VIP hour.


The Joy of SMARTS was renamed in honor of past SMARTS Circle member and longtime friend, Joy White, who initially started this event in 2014 because of her vision for SMARTS' future and belief in SMARTS' Mission of providing quality arts education.

Photo by Little Blackbird Photos (@littleblackbirdphoto)

Thank you to our sponsors!

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