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  • The Art of Ian Marshall
  • Environmental Art: Vince Packard
  • Environmental Art: Nikki Puccini
  • Environmental Art: Fred Pierre
  • May 4th Tribute: Allison Krause
  • OAC Grant


GLIDE: The Art of Ian Marshall - Open by Appt.


20th Annual Environmental Art Show


May 4th Tribute by Drew Tiene

Buy a Daniel Johnston Print
and Support the Gallery

Ohio Arts Access Grant


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Prints by Daniel Johnston

Pen and ink drawings
from his time in Ohio.

Thank you to the collection's curator
who made this possible.

Prints are 8.5 x `11 full size reproductions
from original notebook and letter size drawings
$20 Unframed

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

GLIDE    Through August 23rd

Paintings and Photographs by Ian Marshall

The gallery is now open by appointment
Call 330-673-4970

Work is large scale and ranges from 28"x28" to 42"x60"

Ian Marshall is a Kent, Ohio-based painter and photographer.
Originally from this small Cuyahoga River town of Kent,
Marshall spent many years carefully observing the town and
watching many changes which unfolded. Along with the changes
included a rebirth of elements; the discarding of withering materials
and their replacement, the neo-genesis of industrialization.

Ian has received numerous awards throughout Northeast Ohio
such as acceptance into the GAR Foundation in Akron along with
Best of Show at Art in the Park in Kent. Ian has also shown work
at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. Marshall completed his
bachelor's in Fine Arts program with a concentration in painting
from Kent State University in May 2017.


To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the May 4th Tragedy
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

    Date to be Announced

    $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:
    ? Ni?m Huong (Offering of Incense)
    ? Xu?ng Kh? th? (Bowing to the Buddha)
    ? Khai kinh (Opening of the Sutra Chanting)
    ? Kinh Lang Nghiêm (Diamond Sutra)
    ? Bát nhã tâm kinh (Heart Sutra)
    ? Tán l? Thích Tôn (In Praise of the World-Honored One)
    ? Án tác (An Tac Chant)
    ? Nguy?n tiêu nguy?n sanh (Release From Suffering and Rebirth in the Pure Land)
    ? Tam t? quy (Three Refuges)
    ? Improvisation on the dàn tranh zither: "Meditation" mode

    The instruments used to accompany the chants will include chuông (bowl
    bell), mõ (wooden bell), d?u (hand gong), linh (hand bell), tr?ng
    (drum), and dàn 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: Nguy?n Thuy?t Phong) showed early musical talent, and, at the age of seven, his fine singing voice attracted the attention of the Elder Venerable (Hòa Thu?ng) Thích Thi?n Ð?o, the abbot of Thiên Phu?c 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 Phu?c Monastery in C?n Tho 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 Ð?i d?c 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.

    PRINTS AVAILABLE! 8.5” x 11”

    Prints of the Daniel Johnston Early Drawings
    $20 Unframed
    Inquiries to info at standingrock.net 330-673-4970.

      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 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.


    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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