Works by Kent Artist Audrey Henry: "Painted longboards on display" (article in the Record-Courier)

New World Children's Theater: "Children's play explores divorce, poverty" (article in the Record-Courier)

Standing Rock: A pillar of the arts community in Kent (article in the Record-Courier)

A Vimeo interview with Standing Rock Cultural Arts co-founder
Gary Lockwood for the Arts Quest television show !

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To Build Community Through The Arts and arts access for all.

To nourish the spirit of creativity by providing art and educational activities that allow children and the general public to explore the arts.

To provide opportunities to artists to bring their work to the community through exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops, performances, festivals, public art projects and special events.

Greetings and welcome to the home of Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Gary Lockwood and Jeff Ingram founded Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Jeff’s dining room after many hours spent talking about what is important to them. Standing Rock Cultural Arts is the combination of Gary and Jeff’s vision for a stronger and more unified community in which they live. Our vision is providing our community with well rounded cultural arts programming to supplement our City Schools and Kent State University. Standing Rock Cultural Arts offers workshops, Youth Theater, Adult Theater, Multimedia Performance Art, Spoken Word Programs, a community art gallery, fund raising benefits, and consulting. The vision includes a Cultural Arts Center in down town Kent, Ohio. A Place to give area Artists a place to show their art, teach, perform, produce, and direct in their own community. How many talented people do we lose because we have no place for them to follow their dreams? We educate them in our City Schools and at Kent State University then we lose them to other cities that do have Cultural Arts as part of their community.

In the year 2000 there was a program called Destination 2006 in which there were four town meetings to find out what was important to our community and at the top of the list at each was a Cultural Art Center in downtown Kent. This CAN HAPPEN if the community wants it to happen. We the people have the power to make it happen. We elect those who govern our town and if they don’t do what the people want then we can replace them. Let your voice be heard. Call your local representative and ask what they are doing to support the arts in your community. Email the Governor and your Senators, Congress men and women and ask them what they are doing to support the Arts in your community. Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE so please give freely to support this type of programming. Let’s make this vision a reality in our community.

We can DO THIS if we come together with one voice and say “We want cultural arts in our community.” For more information you can contact Gary Lockwood at 330-903-2055 or email at

Read more about Co-Founder and Executive Director Jeffrey P. Ingram.

Read more about Co-Founder and Arts Consultant Gary Lockwood.

CLICK HERE for information on our Board.


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




September 30, 2014

Greetings, Friends of Standing Rock Cultural Arts!

We reach out with bittersweet yet exciting news. After 22 years at our 257 N. Water Street location, the last 14 years as a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, we have been notified that our home has been sold. All tenants must vacate the building within the month.

Although SRCA shares many fond memories at 257, we are ecstatic to announce that we have secured a prime gallery and workshop space nearby, in a solid, historic building with beautiful character at 300 N. Water. This space is directly next to our friends at the FJ Kluth Gallery.

To build on that potential, SRCA has set a goal of raising $5,000 by October 30, 2014 to match previous funds given in support of this great new space. In order to open doors to the community on November 1st, SRCA needs your support! We need to purchase an access ramp for differently abled guests and artists. Our ultimate goal is to implement a city-approved permanent ramp. We are also renovating aged flooring, and need to purchase track lighting.

Funds in excess of the $5,000 goal will be placed into an earmarked account, the Building Promise Fund, for current and future facility needs. SRCA continues to plan for an all-inclusive structure to house the arts in all forms as we move into the next phase of our development.

As you may know, communities with successful arts organizations have less crime, a stronger local economy, and students with higher test scores. And as we all know as arts lovers, the arts open avenues and worlds to all of us no matter what our walks of life.

SRCA believes programs, such as our New World Children’s Theatre, Downtown Innovative Community Events, poetry readings, workshops, exhibits, music concerts, dance performances, and film festivals contribute to the quality of life in Kent. Most programming is friendly for all ages and celebrates the wealth of creative talent in our area. SRCA believes the cultural, educational, and economic value is evident.

We ask friends like you who support this mission to contribute a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more today. If you are not in a position to give $25, please consider giving $5 or $10. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made by check payable to SRCA or by Paypal (see "Donate" button below).

As an incentive for your donation of $15 or more, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes worth $25 value or more. SRCA looks forward to the next 22 years of building community through the arts and providing arts access for all. Please join us in this exciting new phase!

Community through the Arts!

Jeff Ingram
Executive Director


Standing Rock had been a Council Place for Tribes Before White Men Settled the area in the late 1700's.
Here it is as it looks today, Standing in the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Ohio.



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