The Update | Zona to Discuss Religious Themes in Art; Scrappers Name Manager

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – From Da Vinci to Dali, spirituality has inspired art through the centuries.

Louis Zona, executive director and curator of The Butler Institute of American Art, will discuss his personal choices of representations of religious themes in art at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the museum’s auditorium. Admission is free.

Zona was an art professor at Youngstown State University since 1970, and still teaches part time.

He received YSU’s prestigious Heritage Award, which honors distinguished former faculty members, in 2016.

He also received an honorary doctorate in 2018 from Thiel College, in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts.

Auditorium seating is limited. Overflow parking will be in the YSU F-1 lot across from The Butler North building.

Checefsky Film Screening Canceled

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The McDonough Museum has canceled tonight’s Bruce Checefsky films screening due to “an emergency,” according to a press release from Youngstown State University.

Scrappers Name Former Big Leaguer Manager

NILES, Ohio – Quinton McCracken, a former Major League player, has been named the manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the MLB Draft League for the 2024 season. 

The outfielder was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 MLB draft. He carved out a 12-year career in the MLB, recording a career .274 batting average, with 359 runs scored; 244 runs batted in; 675 total hits, including 118 doubles, 32 triples and 21 home runs; and 89 stolen bases.

He played in a total of 999 games with Colorado, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Arizona, Seattle and Cincinnati.

Since its inception in 2021, the MLB Draft League has produced 133 MLB draft picks and had more than 70 undrafted free agents sign with a Major League organization.

The Scrappers will open the 2024 season at Eastwood Field on June 7 against the Frederick Keys. Scrappers ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are on sale now. For information, go to

Lecture on Spanish-American War

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Spanish-American war began because the United States had a vested interest in Cuba, which was fighting for its independence from Spain.

While the war took place in Cuba and the Caribbean Sea, the Mahoning Valley played a role in it.  

In the March 21 Bites and Bits of History lecture at the Tyler Historic Center, Traci Manning will discuss the Valley’s involvement in the war. Manning is curator of education of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

Guests can bring a lunch for this educational event, which will take place at noon in the ballroom. Admission is free. The Tyler is at 325 W. Federal St., downtown.

The lecture will shed light on the role local soldiers played in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars through articles in local newspapers and letters. Included will be a special focus on John A. Logan Jr., Medal of Honor recipient.

‘Newsies’ at Canfield High School

CANFIELD, Ohio – Canfield High School’s drama troupe will present “Disney’s Newsies,” a musical based on the newsboys strike of 1899.

Sachin Nallapaneni, a senior, plays the lead role of Jack Kelly as he goes head-to-head against newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, played by senior Anthony Mazzella.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23, and 2:30 p.m. March 24 in the school auditorium, 100 Cardinal Drive.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for students) and will be sold at the door.

Two Exhibitions will Open at The Hoyt 

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Two exhibitions will open March 26 at The Hoyt and run through May 20.

An artists’ reception will take place April 20 from noon to 2 p.m.

“Sculptural Storylines” by Mark and Jan Wiesner will be in the main gallery. The Wiesners, who are married, describe the exhibition as a conversation between two outwardly different bodies of works that are both responding to the world through sculpture.

“Force/Counter Force: Pulling Apart/Coming Together” by Sylvija Singh will be in the Blair Sculpture Walkway. It is a series of porcelains that embody opposite ideas simultaneously.

Pictured at top: Louis Zona delivers a lecture at The Butler Institute of American Art.

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