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  • OAC Grant



"Open Mic"
- Music, Poetry, Storytelling

"Pie Festival & Silent Art Auction Fundraiser"
- Fundraiser for SRCA

"Call For Films!"
- 15th Annual International Shorts Festival

"Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant"
- Grant Summary


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Matt Waxman present

Open Mic



Friday, December 8, 2017
North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH

7 - 11 pm



Pie Festival and Silent Art Auction Fundraiser
-20th annual Pie Festival/Silent Art Auction fundraiser for SRCA
-Jewelry, Ceramics, Photographs, Paintings, Prints and more
-In conjunction with Downtown Kent's Annual Festival of Lights


Saturday, December 2, 10am to 6pm
North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH

Proceeds provide exciting cultural activities for our area in 2018, including:

-New World Children's Theatre program
-15th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival
-Downtown Innovative Community Events.(D.I.C.E) "Make Mine with Ice" Ice Carving Exhibition and other Events Year Round.
-12th Annual "Who's Your Mama?" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival. www.whosyourmama.org.
-Around The World Music Series
-Monthly Open Poetry with Maj Ragain
-Public Art Projects, Murals, Historical Plays
-Monthly Art Exhibitions and a whole lot more!


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Celebration of Life for Halim El-Dabh

Sunday, November 19, 2-6pm.  2017

Doors open at 1pm.

Cartwright Hall, Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive, Kent, OH

Music, Video, Speakers, Food, Beverages.  Dress colorfully.



October 31, 2017

Greetings, Friends of Standing Rock Cultural Arts!

SRCA’s 3rd year in our new space has been truly amazing! We are reaching out to ask you to join us in continuing this trajectory. The addition of The Around The World Music Series and the use of the gallery space for Fundraising benefits for earthquake and hurricane victims has solidified our standing as a leader in the effort to build community through the arts in our area.

In order to continue to build on the potential this space and offer the community the best possible cultural art experience, SRCA has set a goal of raising $5,000 by December 3, 2017, and we need you!

We will use funds raised in this crucial effort to add a permanent, city-approved accessibility ramp to our building so that guests with disabilities are easily welcomed to our facility. Last year, we were able to raise $3,200 toward this goal.  We now have an architectural blueprint for the ramp and have placed $5,452 into a capital improvements account for this project.  The City Engineer and The City Council have approved the project and we are set to go before the Architectural Review Board on November 7, 2017.

We are pleased to announce that the Rotary Foundation of Kent has offered to match any funds raised, up to $2,500! It is important to all of us at Standing Rock Cultural Arts that the building be accessible to all. This remains priority #1 as we reach out to ask if you can help us meet our goal.  We have received one bid for the project totaling $9,000 including hand rail and city permits.

Our secondary goal for a secure outer deck that overlooks the river echoes visitors’ suggestions over the past year.  We envision this deck as  outdoor workshop space for our New World Children's Theatre.

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

As mentioned in the past, studies have proven that communities with strong arts organizations have less crime, are more attractive to economic development, and have students with higher test scores. And as we all know as arts lovers, the arts in all forms open avenues and worlds to all of us no matter what our walks of life.

SRCA believes our arts and educational activities, such as The New World Children’s Theatre, Downtown Innovative Community Events at The Hometown Bank Plaza, and art exhibits to name a few, contribute to the quality of life in Kent and support families, youth, and the community at large. SRCA hopes everyone is able to see the cultural, educational, and economic value of such programming. The majority of programming is designed for the whole family to enjoy and seeks to celebrate the wealth of creative talent we have in the area.

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

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

SRCA looks forward to continuing to build community through the arts and providing arts access for all for many years to come. To help us continue to achieve this goal to offer quality arts and education programming to Kent and surrounding communities, SRCA needs your support. Please join us at this exciting time of growth and renewed success!

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

Community through the Arts!

Jeff Ingram
Executive Director










FEE:  APPLICATION FEE IS $10 (Ohio Residents) $15 (Outside Ohio)

-November 30, 2017(preferred)
-December 31, 2017 (final)





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Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant

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

The Sustainability Grant will help cover our operational expenses for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.  We are honored to be one of the selected arts organizations to receive funding for this competitive grant.

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

Panel Meeting Summary Comments:

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

OAC Sustainability Grants

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

Thank you for supporting the arts!

Jeff Ingram/Executive Director





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

CLICK HERE to view our Membership Brochure !


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

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

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

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

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


Standing Rock Cultural Arts’ programming includes:

•New World Children’s Theatre Playwriting Workshop & Performances

•The Annual Standing Rock International Short Film/Video Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Public Murals

• Pro Arts Consulting






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