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"The Art of Robert Wood"
Drawing, Paintings and Prints: A Retrospective

All Events Subject
To Be Rescheduled

"Chocolate Fundraiser"
For Children's Theater

"Ohio Arts Access Grant"
- Grant Summary


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Latest News

Standing Rock Cultural Arts
presents a Virtual Exhibition
and Guided Art 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 current 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.

The Chocolate Fundraiser
for the
New World Children's Theatre
continues online through April 6th!

Visit the Malley's Fundraiser Page
to support the kids and get your chocolate!

The New World Children’s Theater began as The New World Puppet Theater at the North Water Street Gallery in Kent, Ohio, in January of 1993. Originally, it was comprised of home-school children. Throughout the years , however, it has grown to include public-schooled children as well. Eventually, the troupe outgrew the puppets and the ensemble became The New World Children’s Theater, which has produced 32 plays since 1994. In addition to the emphasis on original play writing, the company is dedicated to using recycled materials in the construction of its sets and props. This fosters an understanding of a sustainable planet as well as an understanding of how to work with limited resources. The only requirement is a creative mind.

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

  • Gallery hours are suspended for the next two weeks.
    We shall work on having a virtual exhibit up
    and running by the end of the week!

  • The gallery is showing a lot of previously unseen work of
    Robert E. Wood including a lot of work from his early years as a teenager.

  • The 20th Annual Environmental Art Show will go up on April 11, but will not have an Opening Reception at this time.

  • 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 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.

    Saturday, February 22, 2020. 7-9pm.
    Opening Reception

    Exhibit runs through March 28, 2020

    300 North Water Street Gallery
    in Kent, Ohio

    The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee is proud to present a wide array of
    artistic works by the late Robert E. (Bob) Wood. The Robert E. Wood
    Legacy Committee was formed to commemorate the uniqueness which was
    Robert E. Wood. Not only was Robert deeply entrenched in Kent culture,
    but his art and philosophies struck a chord with many of the city's
    residents. On the evening of February 23, 2019, we invite you to join us
    at 300 North Water Street, Kent to share in the "Struggle and Risk" that
    Robert experienced.

    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 honored to present
    Writers Workshop
    We welcome Writers of all genres!

    Every other Tuesday
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020. 6:00pm
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 6:00pm

    300 North Water Street Gallery in Kent, Ohio

    Do you have some writing to share?

    Standing Rock Cultural Arts invites you to enroll in

    The New World Children's
    Theatre Playwriting Workshop
    Enrolling Students Age 6-17

    Classes begin
    Saturday January 11, 2-3pm

    The Workshop will culminate in 3 performances

    May 15 to 17, 2020
    The African Community Theatre, Oscar Ritchie Hall
    Pan African Studies Department
    Kent State University Main Campus

    in Kent, Ohio

    Classes meet twice a week to write play.
    (Sessions are 3:30- 5pm on Thursdays and 2-3:30pm on Saturdays).
    Once the play is written, the kids meet three times a week
    to rehearse and create the sets for the play.


    COST: $200.00 Per Student
    -Arrangements can be made for low-income families.
    -Scholarships Available

    SIGN-UP: To learn more or to sign-up, contact
    Jeff Ingram at 330.673.4970 or info@standingrock.net

    The New World Children's Theater began as The New World
    Puppet Theater at the North Water Street Gallery in Kent, Ohio,
    in January of 1993. Originally comprised of home-school children,
    it has grown to include public-schooled children as well.
    Eventually, the troupe outgrew the puppets and the ensemble became
    The New World Children's Theater, which has produced 34 plays since 1994.
    In addition to the emphasis on original playwriting, the company
    is dedicated to using recycled materials in the construction of
    its sets and props. This fosters an understanding of a sustainable
    planet as well as an understanding of how to work with limited resources.
    The only requirement is an active imagination.

    The New World Children's Theatre is always looking for donations to support
    students from low income families as well as our our ongoing activities.

    Donations are tax deductible and can be made to Standing Rock Cultural Arts,
    300 N. Water St., Suite H Kent, Ohio 44240.


    Friday Open Poetry Readings



    Upcoming Dates

    Event suspended during quarantine

    April 10, 2020

    Jawbone May 1st through 3rd

    The monthly open poetry reading series, which began at the legendary Captain Brady’s and ran there through 2002, is now in its 35rd year. We are currently gathering at Last Exit Books, 124 East Main Street in Kent, Jason Merlene proprietor. We still do it in the round, round the room, roundabout, no list, no mike, call and response, poem answering poem, a conversation of poems, ongoing, a poets’ cooperative, in league with Standing Rock Cultural Arts, monthly, 8:00 P.M., always on Fridays.




    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.

    • Basic Art Supplies will be provided. Or you can bring your own. Please wear something that can get messy.
    • Maximum # of participants: 15
    • Sign Up or Questions: call 330-673-4970. or email info@standingrock.net
    • Hosted by amazing artist, Emily Anne Buckingham.


    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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