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"If the World Were Square" (Trouble on the Cube)
- New World Children's Theater World Premier!

"Silent Art Auction Benefit"
- Women's Art Recogintion Movement

"A Stroll in the Rose Garden: Exquisite Sounds of Persian Music"
- Around the World Music Series

"Open Poetry Readings"
- Fridays at Last Exit Books

"Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant"
- Grant Summary


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Women's Art Recognition Movement(W.A.R.M.) present

Silent Art Auction Benefit
- Paintings, Sculpture,  Photography, Multi-Media by various artists!
-proceeds benefit Safer Futures

Saturday, May 13,  7-10pm.  Opening Reception
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH
-Exhibit runs through May 27


CLICK HERE for more information.






Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The New World Children's Theatre present

"If The World Were Square" (Trouble on the Cube)
-An Original Two Act Play written by the students of The New World Children's Theatre
-A World Premiere!

May 19-21, 2017
-Friday, May 20. 7:30pm
-Saturday, May 21. 7:30pm
-Sunday, May 22. 3:00pm

African Community Theatre, Terrace Drive. KSU Main Campus
-Oscar Ritchie Hall at KSU, Kent, OH


CLICK HERE for more images from this play.







Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series presents

"A Stroll in the Rose Garden: Exquisite Sounds of Persian Music" featuring

Dariush Saghafi, santur (hammered dulcimer)
Yahya John Golestan, tar (long-necked lute)
Bijan Ranahosaini, tombak (goblet drum)
Ghasem Parva, daf (frame drum)
and special guest vocalist
Momtaz Charepoo from St. Louis, Missouri

8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017
North Water Street Gallery

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

17th Annual Group Environmental Art Exhibition
- Paintings, Sculpture, Multi-Media by Vince Packard,  Chuck Slonaker,  Sara Tomiolo, Megan Shane Jim Vandenboom,  FJ Kluth, 3rd Graders in Local Elementary Schools, and more!!!
-In conjunction with The 11th Annual "Who's Your Mama" Earth Day Festival
-Featuring 20 Poems from the Tree, by Kent 3rd grade students,
-Featuring Work by Jim Vandenboom

April 1 to May 6 , 2017
Saturday, April 1.  7-10pm.  Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through May 6
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH


CLICK HERE for more information.






Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

14th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival WRAP UP
Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 2017 at 8:00PM
THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO www.kentstage.org


The 2017 Awards:

(The audience voted at the intermission for a favorite out of the 11 films in the competition)


(Jurors who teach film and video chose this award according to three criteria: Originality, Cultural Significance, and Technical Expertise.)



For more information about this year's film festival, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for an article about this year's film festival in the Record Courier newspaper.




November 2, 2016

Greetings, Friends of Standing Rock Cultural Arts!

SRCA’s second year in our new space has been amazing! We are reaching out to ask you to join us in continuing this trajectory.

In order to continue to build on the potential this space and offer the community the best possible cultural art experience, SRCA has set a new goal of raising $7,500 by December 3, 2016, and we need you!

Up to $5,000 of this earmarked amount is sought in the crucial effort to add a permanent, city-approved accessibility ramp to our building so that guests with disabilities are easily welcomed to our facility. Last year, we were able to raise $5,000 toward this goal.  We now have an architectural blueprint for the ramp and have placed $4,000 into a capital improvements account for this project.

It is important to all of us at Standing Rock Cultural Arts that the building be accessible to all. This remains priority #1 as we reach out to ask if you can help us meet our goal.  We have received one bid for the project totaling $9,000 including hand rail and city permits.

We ask people who support this mission to contribute a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more today via our secure PayPal at www.standingrock.net or via check or money order payable to SRCA. If you are not in a position to give $25, please consider a $5 or $10 donation. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. As an incentive for your contribution, a drawing of prizes will take place for donations of $15 or more, as well as something special for our major contributors.

Our secondary goal for a secure outer deck that overlooks the river echoes visitors’ suggestions over the past year.  We envision this deck as a place where plant life can serve as a creative oasis for artists of all genres as well as outdoor workshop space for our New World Children's Theatre.

Regardless, the first $5,000 will be earmarked for the permanent access ramp.  The additional $2,500 of our goal will be assigned to the rear deck project. Amounts beyond $7,500 will be placed into operating reserves or the Building Promise Fund for future needs including the possibility of an all-inclusive permanent structure to house the arts with a full performing space, green outdoor creative respite area, and dedicated parking space. All funds that are raised will be used for capital improvements or programs. No contributions ever benefit staff.

Another way to support our mission is to become a member of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.  Membership begins at $10 for students and climbs to $500 for corporations. Details and benefits of SRCA membership can be found at www.standingrock.net, or call Jeff at 330-673-4970

SRCA looks forward to continuing to build community through the arts and providing arts access for all for many years to come.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization.   Donations are tax deductible.

Community through the Arts!

Jeff Ingram
Executive Director



We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2016-2017 season of the "Around the World" Music Series (all performances start at 8 p.m., preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring refreshments):

Sat., October 8, 2016 - The Five Islands (stylish calypso instrumentals from the golden age of Trinidadian music, played by a 5-piece acoustic band)
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Paul Stranahan solo and Lisa Miralia/Paul Stranahan Duo (imaginative and otherworldly improvised soundscapes performed on an array of Chinese gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and home-built electronics)
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - The Lori Cahan-Simon Ensemble (Yiddish classics of yesteryear sung by one of the tradition's foremost interpreters, accompanied by violinist Steven Greenman and accordionist Walt Mahovlich)
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Druk Fusion Band (traditional and popular music of the Himalayas, performed on familiar and exotic instruments by an ensemble from Akron's Nepali Bhutanese community)
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Journeywork (traditional music played by three of the area's finest Irish performers: uilleann piper Brian Bigley, guitarist/singer Ruairí Hurley, and flutist Brian Holleran)
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Yahya Golestan and Dariush Saghafi (timeless classical music and poetic songs of Persia, played on tar and santur



Friday Open Poetry Reading at Last Exit Books


Upcoming Dates

January 20

February 17

March 24

April 14


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Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant

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 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  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. small-sized but powerhouse organization
b. strong letters of support that demonstrate their community value
c. good relationship with city and Kent State University
d. articulate definition of artistic success that directly relates to mission
e. standard yet solid planning and evaluation methods
f. some written evaluation responses were lengthy; encourage addition of quantitative response
items and data-gathering
g. additional in-kind support beyond volunteer hours would have strengthened application

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.

Thank you for supporting the arts!

Jeff Ingram/Executive Director





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)
300 N. Water St, Suite H.
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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