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20th Annual Environmental Art Show
Virtual Tour: Love Your Mother!


May 4th Tribute
Film by Prof. Emeritus Drew Tiene

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To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary,
Standing Rock Cultural Arts is honored to present
the words and film of KSU professor emeritus, Drew Tiene.

The Story of the Kent State Shootings Part One

The Story of the Kent State Shootings Part Two

Lessons to be Learned from the Kent State Shooting Incident

Dr. Drew Tiene
Professor Emeritus: Kent State University

How does the shooting of student protestors at Kent State fifty years ago relate to our lives today as American citizens? Clearly there are a number of important lessons to be learned. First of all, it was an instance of what would now be called political spin. The facts of the case were misreported, misinterpreted, and manipulated by both the media and government officials. At first, it was inaccurately reported in some newspapers that guardsmen had been shot. Then there were false claims that a sniper’s presence on campus had prompted the shootings. Guard commanders insisted that their soldiers had been attacked by the demonstrators and fired in self-defense. These misleading claims ultimately became the basis of their legal defense in the courts. The contentious and questionable public discourse that followed the shootings helped confuse Americans about the nature of the incident for the ensuing decades, right up until the present day.

The gunning down of political protestors has been practiced by autocratic regimes throughout history. Recent examples can be seen in countries like Iraq, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Chile, Iran, and Ecuador. Those of us in the Kent State community appreciate the official recommendation to “Learn, Inquire, & Reflect” that is etched into the memorial built to honor those who were shot. Many of us feel that an equally important message should be “Never Again.” Such practices should have no place in the United States.

The incident at Kent State University in 1970 was a violation of Constitutional rights cherished by American citizens. The campus protest on May 4th was an exercise of the First Amendment right “peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Students were practicing their freedom of speech guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. If the United States is going to uphold these traditions, it needs to allow political dissent without interference or intimidation on the part of law enforcement. The shooting of anti-war demonstrators at Kent State will hopefully be remembered in American history as both an aberration and an anomaly.

None of the Ohio National Guardsmen who fired their weaponry at unarmed students were ever held legally accountable. Their “self-defense” argument is sadly still with us today, having been used repeatedly in similar types of cases over the ensuing decades. Police who face charges for shooting civilians have repeatedly claimed they thought their victim was reaching for a gun, even when there was no weapon. The Black Lives Matter movement has hopefully raised the nation’s awareness about these issues and the need for accountability. An often underappreciated legacy of the Kent State shootings was the manner in which the justice system failed afterwards.

The Kent State shootings were a result of opposition to an unpopular, unsuccessful war conducted in Asia. Unfortunately, over the course of the past half century we have witnessed a number of similar overseas military misadventures, wherein we have lost many American lives, killed thousands and spent huge sums in the process. The famous quote by historian George Santayana that “those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” surely applies here. Another lesson associated with the Kent State shooting incident might be that war not continue to be waged in other countries whose citizens prefer to determine their own destiny.

Finally, the Kent State shootings took place in a political context wherein a president sought to enhance his power, silence the media, and punish his enemies. That president, Richard Nixon, ultimately had to resign during impeachment proceedings against him. The parallels to today’s Trump administration are difficult to miss. It is clear that, like Nixon before him, Trump intends to disrupt the traditional balance of power between the executive, legislative and judicial branches. The enormous powers of the U.S. presidency have been abused in the past, and they can be abused again.

Hopefully the Kent State shootings will never become an obscure footnote in American history. The incident represents an inappropriate use of deadly weaponry to silence dissent, followed by misrepresentations of facts and a miscarriage of justice. Such challenges to our democratic values seem particularly relevant in today’s “post-truth” political era. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings can serve to preserve the heritage of freedom that the United States of America represents, both for its own people and as an example to the rest of the world.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts
welcomes you to enjoy a Virtual Tour of the
20th Annual Environmental Art Show!

Love your Mother!


Chuck Slonaker Art Statement


After the death of my sweet mom last year, I tried to return to painting landscapes and cityscapes, but I quickly found out that it was unfulfilling and meaningless to me. I came across a statement by animal rights activist, Bradley Trevor Grieve, and decided to embrace this statement as a direction for my art. Mr. Grieve said, and I paraphrase, that animals will not fight or argue for their survival. They will just disappear without our interventions. As species go extinct on a daily basis due to our overconsumption, I will join the other conversationists to be a champion for these fellow creatures.


Fred Pierre Art Statement


Fred Pierre creates optical art, or op-art, through a computerized compositing technique. Digital compositing is done by layering multiple images, one on top of the other. At the base of these images is a collage. To create depth in the image, Fred leverages the power of optical illusions. Color is important to his work, and Fred incorporates nature into every piece. Contemplate these pieces and you will see dozens of animals and plants. By sharing his love of nature, Fred hopes to inspire others to revere our planet and its ecology. We don't want to lose these beautiful creatures.

Fred Pierre hopes you will find joy in the playful and colorful nature of this environmental art, and encourages you to be inspired by nature to conserve and preserve the flora and fauna of this dynamic and interconnected world.


Joshua Bentley Artist Statement


Joshua Bentley is a multi-disciplined artist and Kent native. He has exhibited works in Ohio, Texas, and New York. Painting is his primary focus though he also works in commercial photography and illustration (including label art for local brewer Crafted Artisan Meadery in Mogadore).

These selected paintings invoke thoughts of the life, love, and beauty that make our earth such an abundantly unique planet and a limitless canvas for co-creation.


Nikki Puccini Artist Statement


Multidisciplinary artist Nikki Puccini finds inspiration from a plethora of imagery references, from music lyrics and song titles to pop culture and nostalgia to growing up in an abandoned city, animals and nature. Her collage work, photography and videography has been featured in galleries around NE Ohio as well as by music videos and promotional material for local and nationally touring bands.


Shura Skaya


Shura Skaya (AKA Chernozatonskaya Skaya) is a multi media artist. She has studied classical music, then painting, and now combines the two, while also making films and performances. Chernozatonskaya has exhibited internationally. Her solo shows include, among others, the “Signals” in the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (2012) and G.R.O.U.N.D (2016, 2018), Open Gallery (2015), Roza Azora Gallery (2011, 2016), in Moscow. She has been living and working in New York since 2000.

MOBY DICK, THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA AND POPEYE: A story was told that sometime in the 1950s, one of my grandmothers received a free trip from the Soviet state to go to some retreat on the sea. She, knowing her motherly duties but not knowing how to swim, bought a book. Every night after the family dinner was over, she would clear the table, cover it with a blanket and lay on top of it with the manual “How to swim” right in front of her. She followed the instructions and moved her arms and legs according to the diagrams. She persisted to do so every day until it was time to travel. Later, when she and her son came to the sea, she went into the water confidently, and swam.


Trey Berry


I recognized at an early age that my passion in life was to create beautiful objects. My work expresses a connection with a higher consciousness. Nothing exists that does not touch the other. I believe, the more we become aware of our inner world, the more our relationship changes with our outer world or reality. The understanding of the subconscious and discovering super conscious symbols that speak to all is the objective. My paintings imagine mystic and symbolic worlds that express wonder not fear of the unknown.

I spend many of my days painting. The experience carries me to places far into my imagination, places that seem to exist more and more closely to reality than the day before. Dreams and visions give me great faith in humanity and a greater knowledge of the immensity of the universe of the inner mind. Creating gives great power to the artist; it allows one to explore all possibilities and have vision of what can be. Remembering those on this path that have gone before us, listening for secrets, seeing visions, smelling the spirits, mixing the medium is a history and ritual as old as man. Magic never evades us. It is all around us, a great river forever flowing through time. With every brushstroke and thought that passes we create our own destiny. I seek experience that not only changes my personal and spiritual views but experiences that rock the very foundations of the soul. Nothing of great value comes without sacrifice. Personal discovery and the resulting destruction of the ego is a calling of the highest order. Let the revolution begin.


Cindy Penter


For this show at Standing Rock Cultural Arts, I chose a number of photographs that illustrate my interest, as a documentary photographer, in the beauty of nature and its changing aspects in our contemporary life. I observe and record what I see in my own locality. My photographs are my my response to what I see and what I feel about the natural world.

I see family farms long abandoned or being sold off, as farmers can no longer afford to make a living on the land. I see larger farms who allow corporations to place cell towers over their homes so they can keep going. I see wild animals who no longer live in forests and meadows but now exist in cities in suburbs as their natural habitats disappear. Wolves domesticated behind fences. I see trees dying. And other signs of devastating change.

I also see signs of hope, companies setting up arrays of solar cells, people gathering to honor the solstice as a way of reconnecting with nature. People stopping to appreciate the flowers. Dancers dancing about the earth. I see beauty and the hope.


Vince Packard


We border the most dubious of the Great Lakes to the north, Lake Erie, and the Ohio River isn’t really considered more than an industrial alley and toxic sewer, as are most our waterways. Our most famous river, the Cuyahoga, earned infamy by catching fire and burning for days in the 60’s. We can brag of the smallest and most fragmented National Forest in the country, the Wayne. It is timbered, drilled for gas, and routinely strip-mined.I love Ohio.

But honestly, this is mostly from the history I’ve learned on my own. I wasn’t taught much of this in school. I suspect this history of the denigrations of the natives and the land might be too subversive to the ever exploitative/consumptive status quo. Suppose we are ever to teach the grand bounty of our original flora, fauna, and human culture that the Europeans first glimpsed in this the “Northwest Territories”. Well, we might suspect something is wrong with a culture that leaves such devastation for the temporary benefit of a few.
I also see signs of hope, companies setting up arrays of solar cells, people gathering to honor the solstice as a way of reconnecting with nature. People stopping to appreciate the flowers. Dancers dancing about the earth. I see beauty and the hope.

It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s when I learned that Ohio was once home to wood bison, cougar, wolf, elk, wolverine, fisher, lynx, etc., etc. Along with giant trees, wild clean waterways, and the epic drama of the Native Americans yielding and suffering the European conquest.

There is a Hopi prophesy,

"At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally,
Least of all ourselves.
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The way of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word "struggle ' from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner
And in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for."



Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents a
A Robert Wood Virtual Exhibition and Guided Tour



This documentary video tells the story of Robert Wood's artistic development. This lovely tribute to his life and work is also a virtual tour of the Fenruary 2020 Standing Rock Cultural Arts gallery exhibit. We hope to provide more virtual exhibits in the next month.

Special thanks to The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee. Learn more about their work below.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts asks for patience
as we navigate the quarantine.


  • Gallery hours are suspended indefinitely.

  • Our 20th Annual Environmental Art Show will be postponed, but we will post an online version for your enjoyment!

  • The 14th Annual Environmental Film Festival is cancelled. But we'd still love you to submit your environmental films for next year. 10 minutes or less!

  • We're working on setting up some virtual live concerts.

  • Check back for updates as we navigate this uncharted territory.

    Thank you for supporting small businesses and non-profits!

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

    Buddhist Music of Vietnam
    featuring Dr. Phong Nguyen

    8:00 p.m, July 18th, 2020

    $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can) preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

    In this special program, world-renowned ethnomusicologist,
    musician, and NEA National Heritage Fellow Dr. Phong Nguyen
    will share his knowledge of Vietnam's wealth of Buddhist
    musical traditions, demonstrating numerous distinct styles
    of recitation, cantillation, hymn singing, and chant while
    accompanying himself with a variety of traditional percussion
    and string instruments. Translations and insights into the
    texts will be provided.

    The chants to be featured in the program will be selected from the following:
    ● Niệm Hương (Offering of Incense)
    ● Xướng Khể thủ (Bowing to the Buddha)
    ● Khai kinh (Opening of the Sutra Chanting)
    ● Kinh Lăng Nghiêm (Diamond Sutra)
    ● Bát nhã tâm kinh (Heart Sutra)
    ● Tán lễ Thích Tôn (In Praise of the World-Honored One)
    ● Án tác (An Tac Chant)
    ● Nguyện tiêu nguyện sanh (Release From Suffering and Rebirth in the Pure Land)
    ● Tam tự quy (Three Refuges)
    ● Improvisation on the đàn tranh zither: "Meditation" mode

    The instruments used to accompany the chants will include chuông (bowl
    bell), mõ (wooden bell), đẩu (hand gong), linh (hand bell), trống
    (drum), and đàn tranh (17-string zither).

    About the performer:

    Born in 1946 into a family of traditional musicians in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, Phong Nguyen (full Vietnamese name: Nguyễn Thuyết Phong) showed early musical talent, and, at the age of seven, his fine singing voice attracted the attention of the Elder Venerable (Hòa Thượng) Thích Thiện Đạo, the abbot of Thiên Phước Monastery and the senior Buddhist monk of the entire Mekong Delta region, who happened to be visiting Phong's home village of Tam Ngãi. The abbot offered Phong the opportunity to become a novice at Thiên Phước Monastery in Cần Thơ Province (located a half day's journey by boat from Tam Ngãi), where he could obtain training in Buddhist chanting, and he and his family accepted. For the next ten years, Phong received a thorough religious (and musical) education from the monks at the temple, while at the same time pursuing academic studies at the local public school as well as learning various genres of traditional music and theater. After seven years, he was ordained as a Reverend Bhikkhu (called Đại đức in Vietnamese). He returned to the temple for further study, eventually being appointed Venerable Bhikkhu (senior Buddhist monk) before assuming the position of principal of a high school in Saigon. In 1974 he received a bachelor's degree in Buddhist studies (with a concentration in Vietnamese Buddhist literature and philosophy) from Saigon University, before leaving Vietnam to pursue postgraduate research in Japan on the subject of educational technology for use in the high school curriculum, under the sponsorship of the Ministries of Education of Vietnam and Japan; while there, he also conducted informal research into Japanese Buddhist chant. In 1982, Phong completed a 466-page Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "La musique bouddhique du Vietnam" (The Buddhist Music of Vietnam), at the Sorbonne University in Paris, which was the first and most comprehensive work published on this subject. His dissertation was given the rare distinction of Mention « Très honorable » (highest honors/summa cum laude). Dr. Phong is today one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject of Vietnamese music. He has taught at the University of Washington, UCLA, Kent State University, the University of Michigan, and Mahasarakham University, and, in 2004-2005, under the auspices of the Fulbright Foundation, he helped to establish the ethnomusicology program at the Vietnam National Academy of Music (formerly called the Hanoi Conservatory of Music), the preeminent classical and traditional music teaching institution in Vietnam. He has contributed articles to such standard reference works as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and an encyclopedia of world music published by the Iwanami Shoten publishing house in Tokyo, Japan. In 1997, in a ceremony held at the White House, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the U.S.'s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Dr. Phong has performed and lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. With his Phong Nguyen Ensemble, he has performed at such venues as the Cleveland Museum of Art, National Folk Festival, Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress. He has released CDs on the Lyrichord, Music of the World, and White Cliffs Media labels. He has also received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Asian Cultural Council, and Henry Luce Foundation. For the past three years, Dr. Phong's field research has focused on Buddhist musical traditions of Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and the Himalayas, working toward a projected future publication entitled "Buddhist Music: A Global Perspective." Over the past decade, he has also researched the musics of Thailand's minority ethnic groups, and has participated in an ongoing interdisciplinary project called "Song of the Mekong" since 2016.



    Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce:
    The Virtual Jawbone Open Poetry Reading
    A Zoom Meeting
    Friday, May 1st, 7:30pm.

    Take off that Kingston Trio recording of "The Wreck of the Good Ship Jawbone", and tune into the Virtually Jawbone Zoom Reading, this Friday. Your Zoom link will be posted below. Steve Skovensky, who was scheduled to host the live Friday night session, will lead off at 8PM, supported by Brian McDonald, who was scheduled to host Saturday afternoon from up in a tree by the river, and Kathy Korcheck, who would have hosted Saturday evening if the world had not stopped spinning. If you can't make it into Zoom, you can send us what you would have performed via email: jawbone2020poems at gmail dot com.
    Feel free to also send us your work even if you can perform via Zoom. Deadline? We don't need no stinking deadline!

    Zoom: Virtual Jawbone
    Time: May 1, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the cooperation of The FJ Kluth
    Gallery and The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee presents

    4th Annual Robert E. Wood
    Legacy Project Art Exhibition
    Drawings, Paintings, Prints
    by Robert E. Wood.
    (July 20, 1943-February 4,2012)

    Work will be for sale with proceeds
    going into a Robert E. Wood Legacy
    Fund. The purpose will be to construct
    a cultural art center, in Kent,
    that will house a Robert E. Wood
    Gallery in the future.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts is honored to present
    Halim El-Dabh Day!
    A Celebration of Halim El-Dabh
    Friday, March 6, 2020. 7:00pm

    300 North Water Street Gallery in Kent, Ohio

    Halim El-Dabh (March 4, 1921 – September 2, 2017)
    Celebrating Halim's 4,099th Spirit Birthday

    Professor Emeritus at Kent State University
    and Premier Classical Music Composer
    of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Videos of past performances.

    Bring Instruments, Beverages, And Good Vibrations to help celebrate
    the achievements of this incredibly Creative Spirit in our community!

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts
    Around the World Music Series presents

    HearthStone: Three centuries of
    music from Scotland and Ireland
    Saturday, Feb. 29th at 8 pm

    $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
    preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

    The HearthStone duo (Duane and Ginni Dickson) will present an evening of historical and contemporary Celtic music played on a variety of Scottish smallpipes, Border pipes, Highland pipes, tin whistles, and Celtic harp. Their program will include music originating from the Scottish Highlands, Lowlands, and Islands, some from collections such as the William Dixon border pipe manuscript (dated 1733), which comes from Northumberland in the Anglo-Scottish border region. They will also play a few pieces of modern vintage (including "Water Spirit" by Wisconsin-based harpist Kim Robertson), as well as a few Irish tunes.

    About the artists:

    Duane Dickson has been playing pipes in one form or another for 50 years. He has played in pipe bands in the Northeast Ohio area starting with the MacCallum Highlanders, and has played in pipe band competitions with The MacGregor Pipe Band, Clan Moffat Pipe Band, and The Western Reserve Pipe Band throughout the United States and Canada, as well as with the North Coast Pipe Band three times at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. As pipe major, Duane led the MacGregor Pipe Band of Massillon, Ohio to the Grade III North American Championship in 1984. He developed an interest in bellows-blown pipes in the 1980s, and has studied with Hamish Moore and Iain McInnes, among other proponents of the Scottish smallpipes.

    Ginni Dickson has been playing harp since the late 1980s, and plays both Celtic harp and concert grand harp. She has also been a member of The Clan Moffat, Western Reserve, and North Coast pipe bands, playing tenor and snare drum, and even learned to play pipes, winning the 2013 Midwest Pipe Band Association 2013 Solo Championship senior novice division. She has a master's degree in music from Indiana University, with emphasis in piano. Ginni frequently plays contemporary, classical, and Celtic music on harp for wedding ceremonies and receptions, parties, church services, and other events.


    Daniel Johnston's Fever Dreams

      “Fever Dreams: The Early Drawings of Daniel Johnston.” features never-before exhibited sketches from Daniel Johnston's youth, prior to relocating to Texas. Powerful images reflect a beautiful and tormented mind.

      Daniel Dale Johnston (January 22, 1961 – c. September 11, 2019) was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its "pure" and "childlike" qualities

      Johnston spent extended periods in psychiatric institutions and was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. He gathered a local following in the 1980s by passing out tapes of his music while working at a McDonald's in Austin, Texas. His cult status was propelled when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt that featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You.

    Beyond music, Johnston was accomplished as a visual artist, with his illustrations exhibited at various galleries around the world. In 2005, his struggles with mental illness was the subject of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. He died in 2019 of what is suspected to have been a heart attack.


    Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses present 

    Make Mine With Ice

    Ice Carving Contest

    Saturday, February 8, 1-4pm

    A Downtown Innovative Community Event (D.I.C.E.)

    Ice Carving Demonstration
    by John Dreslinski and Tarah Jenkins

    Location: Hometown Bank Plaza,
    corner of Water St. and Main St. in Downtown Kent


    D.I.C.E. is a grassroots partnership between
    Standing Rock Cultural Arts and downtown
    businesses whose purpose is to revitalize
    Downtown Kent through cultural events.

    All events are Free and Open to the Public and
    take place at The Hometown Bank Plaza, Downtown Kent, Ohio.


    Bad Art Experimental

    Art Making Workshop

    Ages 10-100

    Thurs, February 6, 2020 - 6 to 9 PM

    300 N. Water St.
    $5 to $25 suggested donation per person.


    17th Annual

    International Short Film Festival

    124 East Main Street, Kent

    Short Films from around the world!

    Sat, February 1, 2020 at 8:00PM

    The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio

    $10 General / $5 Students and Seniors.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce
    The 17th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival.
    This popular annual event will feature films from as far away
    as Switzerland, and from as close as Akron, Ohio.
    It will include animation, music videos, short comedy,
    experimental films, documentaries and more.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
    Around the World Music Series presents

    Los Tres Sonidos
    8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21st, 2019

    classic boleros romanticos
    from Latin America

    300 North Water Street Gallery
    in Kent, Ohio

    $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
    preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

    Expressive Abilities
    An Art Exhibition of work by people with disabilities
    who particpate in the
    Creative Arts Program of Hattie Larlham

    7:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturday, January 4th, 2020

    Exhibit runs through February 8, 2020

    300 North Water Street Gallery
    in Kent, Ohio

    Join us for the exhibition of new works created by people with
    disabilities who participate in Hattie Larlham's Creative Arts program.
    Each piece is a unique expression of the individual artists and brought
    to the public with enthusiasm. Gain a better understanding of the
    Creative Arts program and even meet some of the artists!

    Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides medical,
    residential, recreational and work training services to 1,600 children
    and adults with developmental disabilities. The organization provides
    services to children and young adults at the Hattie Larlham Center for
    Children with Disabilities in Mantua, Ohio, and to adults at
    community-based homes throughout Ohio.

    Hattie's Creative Arts assists artists with developmental disabilities
    to create compelling works of art. Dialogues of 'yes or no' questions
    are used to uncover each artist's choice. Hattie's Creative Arts
    participants work in disciplines including painting, ceramics, and music.

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

    Native Flute Improvisations by Billy Crowbeak
    8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2019

    Followed by a Film Screening
    The Authorized Biography of Crazy Horse Part 1:
    Creation, Spirituality, and The Family Tree.
    1 hr. 38 min
    300 North Water Street Gallery
    in Kent, Ohio

    $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
    preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

    An evening of music for the Native American flute, played on a variety of handmade instruments by veteran performer and flute builder Billy Crowbeak.

    Based in Medina County, Ohio, Billy Crowbeak Faluski has been a carpenter and woodworker all his life, but first became interested in the Native American flute and its construction after attending a powwow in the early 1980s. Inspired by such master flute makers as Arnold Richardson (Iroquois), Hawk LittleJohn (Eastern Cherokee), and Mac Lopez (Shoshone/Cherokee), Crowbeak began building flutes of his own, and is today one of the Midwest's most respected players and builders of the instrument, making custom-made instruments from North American woods such as poplar, cherry, cedar, redwood, and sycamore, sometimes in combination with such additional materials as gourd, bone, antler, pewter, or turquoise. Although each of his instruments is unique (many featuring rich inlay work and intricate relief carving of animal figures), he generally voices his flutes in the woodland style of his heritage (he is part Cherokee on his mother's side, as well as part Russian on his father's side).

    Faluski has performed at powwows, festivals, parks, schools, colleges, and public libraries across Ohio, and gave well attended solo concerts for several summers at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm in in Akron, Ohio.

    About his music, Faluski says the following: "The music, being primitive in nature, tends to take listeners and performers to a subliminal place perhaps from distant portions of our past...a sense, maybe, of life in a simpler, easier time. I often joke that Native flute performers are the only performers who do not mind if the audience should fall asleep, as that means they have done their job!! Improvising with this type of flute, called playing from the heart, is easy, as each flute created has its own unique voice...the flute will teach you its song."

    More about the artist: Woodpecker Creations on the Web
    Woodpecker Creations on Facebook
    Billy Crowbeak on Facebook

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

    "22nd Annual Pie Fest"
    December 7th

    Pie Festival and Silent Art Auction Fundraiser

    Jewelry, Ceramics, Photographs, Paintings, Prints and more. Become an SRCA Member and be entered into a drawing to win a Large Screen Digital Projector!

    Saturday, December 7, 2019. 10am-6pm
    North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St. in Kent

    In conjunction with the Downtown Kent Festival of Lights

    Jeff @ 330-673-4970 for info, to donate art or pies.
    Or to order a pie.

    Now in its 22nd year, it's that time again. Pie Time at the gallery!
    Come on down for a slice, or buy a whole pie. We've got apple,
    blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, peach, key lime, sweet potato, organic
    and vegan pies. We've got pies of all sorts to please your palette, pies
    that don't even have a name yet. There will be other donated baked goods
    for sale. And we have some fine art by local artists as well. Ceramics,
    Photos, Paintings, Jewelry, Collage, and more. Bids starting as low as $5.


    Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

    "17th Annual Dia De Los Muertos"

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019. Begins at 7:00 pm

    300 North Water Street Gallery
    in Kent, Ohio

    27th Birthday of The North Water Street Gallery! Featuring Vince Packard, Elizabeth Lax, Trey Berry, Joshua Bentley, Amy Strainer and more! Featuring
    Paintings, prints, collage, puppets, masks, and photographs

    Special Appearance by Mariachi Santa Cecilia!
    ($10 suggested donation)
    Presented by The Around The World Music Series

    We will be taking a collection for the family of Vicente Hernandez who is
    currently being held in detention by ICE in Cleveland. Vicente performed
    last year at the gallery with Mariachi Santa Cecelia and has been a
    beloved member of the community for over 20 years.
    Learn the latest about Vincente's situation.

    WHEN: Saturday October 26, 2019. 7pm-10. Opening Reception
    -Parade to Gazebo. Drummers welcome!
    -Exhibit runs through November 30

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to present
    A Special Musical and Multi-media Performance by

    Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    300 North Water Street Gallery
    in Kent, Ohio

    Led by Songwriter Craig Matis

    From a story by CoolCleveland.com:

    Under the radar but heavily cherished by eclectic music lovers who over the decades have discovered it‘s musical prowess, UZIZI is one of Northeast Ohio‘s more creative and artistic groups.

    Led by songwriter, band leader and multimedia artist Craig Matis, UZIZI comes to Kent.

    "The music is original," said Matis, who is a retired art and music teacher. "I don‘t know if there are any bands in Cleveland that play like we do, that incorporate world music the way we do. I don‘t want to brag, but I think that‘s been the case the entire time we‘ve been around."

    UZIZI was started shortly after Matis‘ 1980 arrival in Northeast Ohio. The shapeshifting act explores an alternative world beat musical aesthetic with percussion and melodies, from Ireland to the Middle East, that seamlessly blend in elements of rock, jazz and folk.

    Expanding and contracting like a breathing organism, the group over the last decade has varied from 10 to 18 members, each incarnation providing a slightly oblique UZIZI experience.

    The current iteration for the upcoming show features CRAIG MATIS (acoustic guitar, banjo, lead singer), MARK NATHANSON (drums), CHARLES KLEIN (bass guitar), KAITLIN EMMERT (violin/fiddle), JIM VAN CLEEF (lead guitar), BERT STRATTON (saxophone, clarinet, blues harp) JORDAN DAVIS (vocals), MATTIE RODGERS (vocals), DENISE WALTERS (vocals), TERRY GUTGSELL (projectionist)

    The show will also feature Original Visuals that accompany the songs.

    "I got tired of exhibiting in galleries, but I wanted my work to be seen, so I thought this is another way for an audience to see what I do," Matis said. "Currently it also pertains to a nine-song cycle called "Crossing the Water," which is about my personal journey with raising a child with mental disabilities." "The visuals start in childhood and go through adulthood. The songs talk about anger, having a little patience and small victories. Overall, I find exhibiting work in a gallery is fine and good, but it ‘s not the same kind of satisfaction I get when I am performing music in front of an audience." When asked if anything surprises him about UZIZI these days, Matis pointed to the recent run of longevity regarding its current lineup. "This last formation has lasted 10 years," Matis said. "Usually every six months the personnel changes, people come and go in this group, but the core has been with me for 10 years. I am very grateful and surprised that it has lasted this long." Musician/artist Craig Matis has been fronting one version or another of his shapeshifting band UZIZI since the early 80s. Back then, its blend of world music, jazz, folk and rock, augmented with visuals based on Matis' own art work, was like nothing else in Cleveland.Learn more...

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts, The City of Kent,
    and Downtown Businesses present

    "16th Annual Cider Festival"
    (A "deciderly" different event)
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019. 1-4pm

    Hometown Bank Plaza, corner of Main (59) & Water
    (43) Streets, Downtown Kent

    Free and Open to the Public

    DICE (Downtown Innovative Community Event)

    Old Fashioned Cider Press Demonstration
    (Mark & Barb Strickler and company)
    Musical Entertainment by Wilbur and Erin Krebs
    "Dog Friendly" 1pm.
    Activities for Kids (Pumpkin Painting, Face Painting,
    Sidewalk ChalkDrawing)
    Amazing and Unique Kent Businesses Open to Serve You

    This event is one event in a series of annual Downtown Innovative Community Events (D.I.C.E.), a grassroots partnership between Standing Rock Cultural Arts, The City of Kent, and a consortium of Downtown Businesses for the revitalization and continued growth of downtown Kent through cultural arts events. All events take place in the Open Air at The Hometown Bank Plaza and are free to the public. Annual calendar of events is available at www.standingrock.net.

    Ice Carving Exhibition
    Saturday, February 2020, 1-4pm

    Sponsored by The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, The City of Kent, The Kent Parks and Recreation Department, The Hometown Bank, Woodsy"s Music, City Bank Antiques, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Taco Tontos, Ray"s Place, Family and Community Services, Inc, Franklin School of Dance, Off the Wagon, Glanville-Hussing and Family Optometry.

    Kumpania and the Standing Rock Cultural Arts present,

    "Women's Art Recognition Movement's"
    (W.A.R.M.) 16th Annual

    Silent Art Auction.

    Collection Available Sept 28th.
    Opening Reception, Saturday, October 5th, 5:00 pm
    Standing Rock Cultural Arts
    North Water Street Gallery
    300 N. Water St., Suite H
    Kent, OH  44240

    Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm, or by appointment at 330-673-4970


    W.A.R.M. Show
    All Proceeds Benefit
    Safer Futures, Portage County's
    Battered Women's Shelter


    Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

    "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy"
    Book Discussion and Signing

    Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown
    and Author William Matson discuss and sign their book
    based on the family's oral history.

    Friday, October 11, 2019. 7-9pm.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts
    North Water Street Gallery
    300 N. Water St., Suite H
    Kent, OH  44240 - 330-673-4970

    Visit the website of the Crazy Horse Family.

    Lakota Name: Tashunke Witko Tiwahe

    The Crazy Horse Family website is administered by the Edward Clown family (Crazy Horse or Waglula's grandson's descendants) and a representative. Floyd Clown, Doug War Eagle, and Don Red Thunder are family members and administrators to the Crazy Horse Estate.

    "We are members of the Crazy Horse Family and the Edward Clown family. ECF stands for the Edward Clown Family. We are here to tell the truth about Crazy Horse and all our grandfathers and grandmothers from the Edward Clown family. For those who seek and appreciate the truth about Crazy Horse and all our grandparents we encourage you to like our page and read all our posts. Wopila!"


    Standing Rock Cultural Arts and the
    "Around the World Music Series" Presents
    Oleg Kruglyakov, Balalaika Virtuoso from Siberia

    Saturday, September 21, 2019. 8:00 pm.
    North Water Street Gallery.

    $10 Suggested Donation
    Preceded by 7:30 meet and greet

    For the opening concert of our fifth season, virtuoso performer Oleg Kruglyakov will present a fascinating and fun-filled program of diverse Russian music on the balalaika, Russias distinctive national instrument. Kruglyakovs hands make its three strings truly sing, in contexts ranging from lively folk songs to expressive classical pieces.

    Raised in Siberia, Kruglyakov began playing at the age of 7 and eventually became a protege of Yevgeny Grigorovich Blinov, the foremost balalaika virtuoso of the Soviet Union. In the 1980s and 90s he played and toured as soloist with many Russian folk troupes. Now based in Clevelands Slavic Village, he has performed since 2007 (along with pianist Terry Boyarsky) as half of the critically acclaimed Russian Duo.

    Come listen to dazzling playing, spirited singing, and a unique perspective on culture and history.

    More about the artist: http://www.russianduo.com/oleg.html

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    The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.


    Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

    Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

    The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani. The series is made possible by the support of Drs. Terry E. and Sara Stone Miller and the Ohio Arts Council.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts in partnership with
    the dis[place]d: seeking refuge Project present

    "The dis[place]d: seeking refuge Project" Photography Exhibit
    A Photo Journal of Refugees in Crisis.

    Monday, September 16, 2019. 7-9 pm.
    Meet and Greet Reception.

    Tariq Tarey will present his
    work with refugees
    and offer a Q&A discussion.

    Professor Dave Foster will be
    available to answer questions
    about KSU's School of Journalism
    and Mass Communication.


    A collaborative initiative between Columbus-based photographer and videographer, Tariq Tarey and writer and word artist Amanda Erin, this work aims to build empathy and understanding of and between two communities that have had little contact: refugees and rural people, specifically those in Appalachian Ohio. Tariq Tarey displayed dozens of his portraits of refugees, selected from his more than 10 years of experience as a visual ethnographer. These photographs tell the stories of forced migrants, both in refugee camps and those fortunate to be resettled in Columbus, Ohio. Amanda Erin weaves the story of these new migrants finding their way into the story of America, a new chapter in a long history of seeking refuge. This exhibit includes an invitation to the viewers to submit their own ancestral stories of arrival.


    CLICK HERE for more information.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses
    with D.I.C.E and Kent Parks and Rec present

    Sidewalk Cinema "How to Train Your Dragon 2"

    Hometown Bank Plaza

    Friday, August 30, 2019. Begins at Dusk.
    Free - Everyone is Welcome!

    Director: Dean DeBlois
    Writers: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell
    Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
    Rated: PG
    Run Time: 102 minutes

    It's been years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

    THANK YOU TO: The Ohio Arts Council, The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, The City of Kent, The Kent Parks and Recreation Department, The Hometown Bank, Woodsys Music, City Bank Antiques, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Off the Wagon, Rays Place, The Kent Health Care, Glanville, Hussing and Fath Family Eyecare, Family and Community Services

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts in partnership with Xtinguish Celebration,
    West Creek Conservancy, The Ohio Humanities  and The Cuyahoga Valley National Park present

    "Crooked River Contrasts"
    A Photo Exhibit commemorating 50 years of Cuyahoga River Clean-up!

    Saturday, July 6, 2019.  7-10pm.  Opening Reception.

    -Exhibit runs through August 17.

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts
    North Water Street Gallery
    300 N. Water St., Suite H
    Kent, OH  44240

    Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm, or by appointment at 330-673-4970


    Crooked River Contrasts
    A Multimedia Exhibit Celebrating the Cuyahoga

    Presented by Xtinguish Celebration, West Creek Conservancy, Cuyahoga
    Valley National Park and Ohio Humanities

    The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire has become a powerful cultural symbol as
    well as a rallying cry for better water protection. Discover a story of
    extraordinary resilience and recovery, captured by photographers from
    Northeast Ohio.


    CLICK HERE for more information.


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

    Kenge Kenge Orutu System
    (Luo music from Nairobi, Kenya)

    8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019
    North Water Street Gallery
    300 N. Water Street, Suite H
    Kent, Ohio

    $10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

    preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks


    CLICK HERE for more information.





    Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses

    Sidewalk Cinema screening of  “Isle of Dogs”
    -bring a blanket or a lawn chair

    Friday, June 28, Dusk
    Outdoors at The Hometown Bank Plaza

    -corner of Main and Water Streets in Downtown Kent

    THANK YOU TO:   The Ohio Arts Council, The Henry V. and Frances W.
    Christenson Foundation, The City of Kent, The Kent Parks and Recreation
    Department, The Hometown Bank, Woodsys Music, City Bank Antiques, The
    Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Off the Wagon, Rays Place, The Kent
    Health Care, Glanville, Hussing and Fath Family Eyecare, Family and
    Community Services, Inc.


    CLICK HERE for more information.



    Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

    "10 Circles and Lunch"

    Paintings by Xyl Lasersohn

    Saturday, June 1, 2019.  7-10pm.  Opening Reception.
    -Exhibit runs through June 29th.

    North Water Street Gallery
    300 N. Water St., Suite H


    CLICK HERE for more information.



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

    CLICK HERE to view our 2018 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 offering a low-priced, tax-deductible Membership Plan to supplement our other funding. We have student memberships available for only $10 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.

    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


    Ohio Arts Council Arts Access Grant

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts is proud to announce that we have received an Arts Access Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for our operating expenses between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

    In reviewing the SRCA application, the panelists noted:

    1. nice partnerships with local institutions
    2. impressive amount of programming offered
    3. appreciate the diversity of mediums and genres offered through programs
    4. sound practice-based structure in place
    5. concern over lack of paid staff

    We are grateful for all the support the arts receive from the legislators in Columbus and from The Ohio Arts Council. We truly believe the arts benefit all Ohioans culturally, educationally, and eonomically. The Arts Access program supports ongoing arts and cultural activities in all genres that broaden opportunities for the general public to participate in the arts. This flexible two-year funding supports Ohio arts providers as they make artistic experiences available to their communities, positioning Ohio as a vibrant place to live, learn, work, and visit.

    We invite you to come and visit our cultural art center in downtown Kent at 300 N. Water St., Suite H. We have a long term goal of having a larger facility that could serve an even larger audience in Kent and the surrounding areas. If you would like to learn more about our plans or have any other questions, feel free to contact me at any time.

    Thank you again for supporting the arts in Ohio!

    Jeff Ingram/Executive Director

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts
    300 N. Water St., Suite H
    Kent, OH 44240


    Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We invite and welcome sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.





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