• Gallery
  • Decks for Days
  • D.I.C.E. Sidewalk Cinema
  • New World Children's Theater
  • North Indian classical music
  • OAC Grant


"Decks for Days"
- Art Exhibition

"North Indian classical music"
- Around the World Music Series

"Wannabe Singer (The Musical That Almost Wasn't)"
- New World Children's Theater

"Kung Fu Panda"
- D.I.C.E. Sidewalk Cinema

"Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant"
- Grant Summary


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

A program of North Indian classical music

featuring Samuel Salsbury, sarangi
with Josh Sherman, tabla

8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 (final concert of the 2017-2018 season)
-preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)

The final concert of our third season will be a special program of Indian classical music performed by Samuel Salsbury on the sarangi, a rarely heard bowed string instrument of North India, with tabla accompaniment provided by Josh Sherman.

The evening will include exquisite selections from the Hindustani tradition of North India, to which Salsbury has devoted intensive study since 2014. Using an instrument that is 125 years old, he will present a full classical raga and two bhajans (devotional songs). Following the performance (which will be presented in one set, without intermission), Salsbury will share stories and photographs from his many extended stays in India, and authentic Indian food from Namaste Cuisine will be served.


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses

Sidewalk Cinema screening of  “Kung Fu Panda”
-bring a blanket or a lawn chair
-Free Cookies from Insomnia Cookies

Friday, June 29, Dusk
Outdoors at The Hometown Bank Plaza
-corner of Main and Water Streets in Downtown Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

Cost: Free


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"Decks for Days”
-painted Longboard Skateboards by Audrey Henry

June 1, 2018.  Opening Reception 6pm
-Exhibit part of Main Street Kent's First Friday Art Walk
-Exhibit Runs Through July 28.

The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH


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

East: Asian and Jewish Music for Mountain Dulcimer
featuring Alex Lubet, mountain dulcimer
with special guest Hovancsek, koto and percussion

7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio

$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:00 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The New World Children's Theatre present

"WannaBe Singer” (The Musical That Almost Wasn't)
-An Original Two Act Play written by the students of The New World Children's Theatre
-A World Premiere!

May 18-20, 2018
-Friday, May 18. 7:30pm
-Saturday, May 19. 7:30pm
-Sunday, May 20. 3:00pm

African Community Theatre, Terrace Drive. KSU Main Campus
-Oscar Ritchie Hall at KSU, Kent, OH

ADMISSION: $5 General. $3 Students/Seniors.


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Click here for Maj Ragain, reading his Edwin George mural poem at Scribbles Coffee Shop, 257 N. Water St., Downtown Kent, OH, October 2017

“Bettin on Maj Ragain”_

If I were to bet on a horse
I'd bet on Maj Ragain

He's an Iron Horse
with a Gentle Jaw

He overcomes obstacles
Every Day

as if they didn't exist.

Challenges us

the students
the veterans
the people

to be winners
even when we are chosen to lose

even when the odds aren't good

To Maj, I say,


- from Jexo  2-1-10








Jawbone Oopen Poetry Readings

Last Exit Books
124 East Main St., Kent, OH.


For thirty years poets have gathered here in Kent, Ohio, for a weekend long spring word fest, a series of open poetry readings, volunteer, self sanctioned, welcoming traverlers, local folk, expatriates to this common ground. No mike. No list. The Jawbone Open. Well Come. Jawbone.


Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Due to the expected larger than usual participation in this year's Jawbone Open Poetry, the readings scheduled for Last Exit Books will be moved 2 doors down to a space occupied by Idea Base, 138 E. Main St., 2nd Floor.  It is wheelchair accessible and there will signs at Last Exit Books with directions to the space.








Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

10th Annual Vegan Iron Chef  Competition
-HEADLINE Event for the 12th Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival. www.whosyourmama.org
-Silent Auction to benefit Kent Social Services and The Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day Festival
-Vegan Samples provided

Canal Park Stadium.  300 S. Main St., Downtown Akron
Thursday,  May 10, 6-9pm

Wrap Up of this years Event:

We had a smashing great time at The 10th Annual Vegan Iron Chef
competition last night at Canal Park Stadium in Downtown Akron! The
chefs arrived with rolling carts, dollies, caddies, schleppers, and
roadies full of pots, pans, and utensils, marching past the rows of hot
dogs and draft beer to the culinary arena of knives, flames, pinchers,
and fresh asparagus from Bluebird Farm in Brimfield.


Congratulations to:

Juried Choice: Xavier Smith, Executive Chef from The New Center in Rootstown.

People's Choice: James Crookston from Bringing Abundance Catering based in Canton


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

15th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival
Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries and more!

SATURDAY, February 3, 2018 at 8:00PM
THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO www.kentstage.org

15th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival WRAP UP


Thank you to all who came out on a wintry night to the Kent Stage for our 15th Annual International Shorts Festival. We had an enthusiastic audience and had a great time celebrating video and filmmakers from around the world. Submissions from Germany, France, Italy, Japan, UK,  Canada, Hiram, Cleveland, and Akron, Ohio brought us all together for a few moments to revel in the collective spirit on a global scale.

Having said that, every entry was a winner just by being shown at the festival. Congratulations to all the visual artists who presented their work on Saturday night. You made for an exciting event on a spectacular evening in Kent.  Cindy Penter's world premiere, multi-media work titled “Earth Prayer: An Incantation in Movement, Sound, and Images” featuring dancer Hope Schultz, and sound sculptress, Lisa Miralia was fantastic and deserves another performance, if not a tour.

I applaud all the creative works submitted...but still...there were a few that stood out from the crowd. It gives me great to pleasure to announce the winners of The People's Choice and Juried Choice Awards.


1.  "To Your Liking" Dan Nelsen.  Akron.

2.  "Es Tu Vida" Johanna Rousseau.  Grenoble, France
3.  "Say That Again"  Charlie Wirfel. Hiram


1.  "Say That Again"  Charlie Wirfel. Hiram

2.  "Spring Time Old Man"  Hoji Tsuchiya. Japan
3. "To Your Liking"  Dan Nelsen. Akron

Special Thanks to Tom, Richelle, Ian, and Ethan Simpson , Devlin Charlton-Denis, John on sound, and Kyle on lights, for the Kent Stage hospitality.

Thank you again to all who came out to support the festival. See you next year!

Jeff Ingram/Producer
Standing Rock International Shorts Festival


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents


"Lost & Found"
Entry Deadline: 4/2/18

Juried by artist, Marie Bukowski, Director & Professor, School of Art, Kent State University, and organized by Standing Rock Cultural Arts, Kent, OH.

Concept: This exhibition will explore the ways that culture, religion, and politics affect current day society. Understanding that differences in religion and politics have evolved over time and vary between cultures, this exhibition invites artists to consider cultural constructions and asks “How do we receive messages about our contemporary global society and how are we affected within our local communities?”


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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED OUR RECENT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN!    We were able to raise $6,800.00 toward the Wheelchair Access Ramp including the $2,500 match from the Kent Rotary Foundation.  We shall continue to raise funds for this effort until the construction is actually complete, hopefully in June 2018.  Feel free to make a tax deductible donation here.  Thanks again!




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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