• Gallery
  • Robert E. Wood Art Exhibition
  • Halim El-Dabh Day!
  • Portraits of Tranqility
  • OAC Grant



"Robert E. Wood Legacy Project Art Exhibition"
- 3rd Annual Exhibition

"The 11th Annual "Go with the Flow" Watershed Awareness " Festival
- Local Brew and Wine Tasting

Halim El-Dabh Day! A Celebration of Halim El-Dabh
-Celebrating Halim's 4,098th Spirit Birthday

"Portraits of Tranquility"
- Art Exhibition

"Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant"
- Grant Summary


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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

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

Korean pansori:  “Sugungga” (Song of the Underwater Palace)

featuring master performer Chan E. Park

8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 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

Pansori (판소리) is a unique tradition of story-singing originating in
South Korea, in which a solo vocalist, accompanied by a single barrel
drum called buk, performs all the roles, as well as the narration. In
2003, UNESCO recognized pansori as a Masterpiece of the Oral and
Intangible Heritage of Humanity.


CLICK HERE for more information.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the support Label Peeler's Wine
and Homebrew Supply invite you to:

The 11th Annual "Go with the Flow" Watershed Awareness
Local Brew and Wine Tasting

-Fundraiser for The “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. 7-10pm
300 N. Water Street Gallery, Suite H, Kent OH 44240

WHY: To promote Watershed Awareness and raise funds for our upcoming
"Who's Your Mama?" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival.

Attention Beer Lovers! Water Lovers!

Come out and Celebrate our Healthy Watershed here in Portage County
because it takes Good Water to make Good Beer!

RESERVATIONS: Call 330-673-4970

-Local Food.
-Live Music (TBA)
-Local Brew Tasting


CLICK HERE for more information.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"Portraits of Tranquility"

An Art Show of works by Avery Galloway
-Paintings, Drawings, and Photos


Opening Reception: Saturday, March 30, 2019.  7-10pm.
Exhibit is up through April 8th, 2019.



CLICK HERE for more information.






Standing Rock Cultural Arts is honored to present

Halim El-Dabh Day! A Celebration of Halim El-Dabh
-Halim El-Dabh (March 4, 1921 –  September 2, 2017)

-Celebrating Halim's 4,098th Spirit Birthday

Saturday, March 2, 2019. 7:00pm
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St, Suite H., Downtown Kent


CLICK HERE for details.


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

3rd 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 houses a Robert E. Wood Gallery in the future.

Saturday, February 23, 2019. 7-10pm. Opening Reception
-Food, Beverages, Music!
-Exhibit Runs through March 27, 2019
-North Water Street Gallery & FJ Kluth Gallery. 300 N. Water St. Kent


CLICK HERE for more information.




Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

16th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival

Short Films from around the world!
Animation, music videos, short comedy, experimental films, documentaries
and more!

SATURDAY, January 26, 2019 at 8:00PM
THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO www.kentstage.org

ADMISSION: $10 General / $5 Students and Seniors.  Tickets can be
purchased at the door or online at www.kentstage.org


CLICK HERE for this year's Winners and more.







Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses present

15th Annual "Make Mine with Ice"  Ice Carving Exhibition
-A Downtown Innovative Community Event (D.I.C.E.) Happening
-Ice Carving Demonstration by John Dreslinski and Crew

Saturday, February 9, 1-4pm
Hometown Bank Plaza,  corner of Water St. and Main St. in
Downtown Kent




CLICK HERE for more inforamation.







Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the support of The City of Kent and Kent Parks and Recreation
13TH ANNUAL "WHO'S YOUR MAMA?" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival.

"Go With The Flow" Watershed Awareness Fundraiser
Saturday, March 23, 2019. 7pm
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Downtown Kent

Environmental Film Festival
Sunday, April 7, 2-5pm
KIVA Auditorium, KSU

19th Annual Environmental Art Exhibit
Saturday, April 13, 7pm
300 N. Water St.
Downtown Kent

Main Street Block Party
Saturday, April 20, 11am-4pm
E. Main Street between Water and Depeyster Streets
Downtown Kent

11th Annual Vegan Iron Chef
Time and Location TBA



Fundrasier Ended

Fundraiser ended August 19.

We are putting out a Call for Individuals and Businesses who would like to Commemorate Maj Ragain with a Brick Engraved on our new Access Ramp

We are building a permanent concrete and brick wheelchair access ramp at our cultural art facility on North Water Street in Downtown Kent, Ohio.

With the support of his wife, LuAnn, we are dedicating the new ramp to our former board member, community mentor, teacher, poet, and friend, Maj Ragain. In order to raise funds for this memorial, we are offering the opportunity to buy a brick for $70 or more. Your purchase allows you to engrave up to 3 lines with 18 characters per line to commemorate Maj and support the SRCA Mission of “Providing Arts Access for All”

Our goal is to raise $2,000.  We can do this if 40 individuals or businesses buy a brick.  (Subtracting the cost of the engraved bricks)





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






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








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