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Open Poetry Chapbook Competition
-Call for Submissions

Independent Short Films, Videos, & Digital Shorts
-Call for Submissions

Poetry Reading
- by 2013 SRCA Chapbook Competition Winner


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Poetry Reading by 2013 SRCA Chapbook Competition Winner
-Elizabeth Kerlikowske, the 2013 winner of the SRCA Open Poetry Chapbook Competition, will read from her 2014 winning title "Last Hula" at Last Exit Books in Downtown Kent
-Books will be available for sale and signing at a meet and greet with the poet. The event is free and open to the public!

Saturday, October 4, 7pm
Last Exit Books, 126 E. Main St. in Downtown Kent


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Upcycled: A Chair is A Chair is A Chair...”
-Painted Furniture by Cheryl Green

The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St. Kent, OH

Opening Reception September 13 , 2014, 7pm
-Exhibit runs through October 25th

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts and with the support of Downtown Businesses present

Kent’s 11th Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

-A Downtown Innovative Community Event (DICE)
-Ice Cream at 25 cents a Scoop
-Free Ice Cream for Senior Citizens
-Hand Crafted Music Box Playing Old Time Songs
-Music by The Kent Shindig All Stars
-Music by The Little Tango Orchestra
-Children’s Activities
-50/50 Raffle

Saturday, August 16, 1-4pm

Hometown Bank Plaza, Intersection of Main and Water Streets in Downtown Kent

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Auditions for “Tarot Cabaret” an Original Musical Play by Jeff St. Clair
-Open Auditions held Sunday, August 17, 3-5pm
-Performance to Open October 30 and run 4 week-ends

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SRCA Rock In The River Annual Open Poetry Chapbook Competition

Call For Submissions

July 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014

Winning chapbook will be released as the 2015 title in the Rock in the River Literary Series

CLICK HERE for information on submissions, prizes, fees, judges, and more!

Kent Wired article - CLICK HERE







Friday Open Poetry Readings
8:00 PM - Last Exit Books

JULY 18 and AUGUST 22

The monthly open poetry reading series, which began at the legendary
Captain Brady’s and ran there through 2002, is now in its 30th year.
We are currently gathering at Last Exit Books, 124 East Main Street in
Kent, Jason Merlene proprietor. We still do it in the round, round
the room, round about, no list, no mike, call and response, poem
answering poem, a conversation of poems, ongoing, a poets’
cooperative, in league with Standing Rock Cultural Arts, monthly, 8:00
P.M., always on Fridays, meeting in the Back Room. All welcome.

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Sustainability Grant from the Ohio Arts Council

August 28, 2013

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is proud to announce that we have received a Sustainability Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for our future operations and programming.

The Sustainability Grant will help cover our operational expenses for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.  We are honored to be one of the selected arts organizations to receive funding for this competitive grant.

This is what the OAC Panel said in their evaluation of our application:

Panel Meeting Summary Comments:
a. strong evaluation methods outlined in application
b. great organizational partners involved in programming
c. impressive amount of programming generated on small budget
d. organization continues to minimize cultural barriers to access programming
e. evidence of successful partnerships
f. applicant encouraged to update website and remove outdated information
g. marketing initiatives needed to broaden audience and increase attendance at events
h. organization is innovative; takes artwork into the community
i.  great track record interacting with kids

OAC Sustainability Grants

The Sustainability program provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations across Ohio that make important contributions to the health and vitality of our communities. Sustainability grants ensure that public support of the arts continues to play an integral role in celebrating the rich past and sustaining the vibrant future of Ohio’s cultural legacy through flexible and reliable funding for annual arts programming. A rigorous application and review process assures citizens and legislators that Sustainability grantees use public funds resourcefully and responsibly. Organizations must demonstrate excellent artistic, educational and cultural value; responsiveness to their community; credible planning and evaluation strategies; and a high level of financial and managerial accountability. When these characteristics are in balance, organizations are well-positioned to provide Ohioans with diverse opportunities to participate in the arts and enjoy their benefits throughout their lives.



Be part of something amazing!
Become a MEMBER of Standing Rock Cultural Arts and help support the arts !

CLICK HERE to view our Membership Brochure !


Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) art and education organization based in downtown Kent. Our mission is to Build Community Through The Arts.

We nurture the spirit of creativity by providing opportunities for children and the public to explore the arts. We do this by providing opportunities for artists to bring their work to the community through exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops, theatrical productions, music performances, festivals, public art projects and special events.

In an effort to help support these community-enriching activities, we are initiating a new, low-priced, tax-deductible Membership Plan in 2011 to supplement our other funding. We have student memberships available for only $5 per year and a variety of plans to fit individuals, couples, families, and even businesses! All members will receive special benefits that are not generally available to the public. Please read below to view the current benefits of our membership plan. We look forward to adding additional benefits as they become available and we invite any businesses to partner with us on discounts. Of course, we will also continue, as always, to accept any tax-deductible charitable contributions in order to assist our mission of Community through the Arts.

Again, your membership and/or contribution is tax-deductible and greatly appreciated! Without the generous support of our donors and future members, we would not be able to offer the diverse quality cultural arts programming that we offer continuously throughout each year. There is no greater compliment to our organization about how valued our programming is to our community and area than your ongoing support! Checks may be made payable to:

Standing Rock Cultural Arts (SRCA)
257 N Water St
Kent OH 44240


Standing Rock Cultural Arts’ programming includes:

•New World Children’s Theatre Playwriting Workshop & Performances

•The Annual Standing Rock International Short Film/Video Festival

•The Annual Who’s Your Mama? Environmental Film & Earth Day Festival & Vegan Iron Chef Competition

•Routine Open Poetry Readings & weekend long Jawbone Open Poetry Celebration with Maj Ragain

•Routine Art Exhibitions including charitable collaborations with Hattie Larlham (benefiting differently-abled artists) & W.A.R.M. (Women’s Art Recognition Movement benefiting Safer Futures Domestic Violence Shelter) in addition to other annual exhibitions (Student, Environmental, & Dia de los Muertos), as well as newly themed shows

•D.I.C.E. (Downtown Innovative Community Events) in conjunction with other downtown area businesses

•Workshops (art, drumming, dance, writing, etc. as offered/available)

•Hosting of Around Town Folk Festival Performances & other music acts

•Public Murals

• Pro Arts Consulting











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