• Gallery
  • Art and Movement Yoga Classes
  • Oleg plays Balalaika
  • OAC Grant



"Art and Movement" Yoga Classes
- Saturday Morning Yoga, Sunday Noon Reiki

"Around the World Music Series"
Featuring Oleg Kruglyakov playing Balalaika

"Call for Films"
International Film Fest

"Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant"
- Grant Summary


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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.

Kumpania and the Standing Rock Cultural Arts present,

"Women's Art Recognition Movement's"
(W.A.R.M.) 16th Annual

Silent Art Auction.

Collection Avbailable 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



Friday Open Poetry Readings



Upcoming Dates

July 21, 2019

July 19, 2019

August 23, 2019

September 20, 2019

October 18, 2019

November 16, 2019

December 13, 2019

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.




Art and Movement Yoga Classes

Morning Asian Yoga with Certified Yoga Instructor Samantha Lingenfelter

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


Saturday, September 21, 10 am

Saturday, October 19, 10 am


There is no cost for these sessions but donations are encouraged.


Reiki Sundays 12 noon - 3 pm




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 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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