SRCA 2015 Building Promise & Arts Funding Campaign!
To continue our mission to build community through the arts and provide arts access for all.
Help us meet our goal of $7,500. Campaign ends December 5, 2015.
Main Goal: To fund a permanent accessibility ramp for those with disabilities to promote accessibiltiy for all!
Seconday Goals: Secure open-air deck; funding for arts programming and routine facilities expenses.
Accepting tax-deductible contributions via secure Paypal "Donate" button below, or via check payable to:
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, OH 44240
Pie Festival and Silent Art Auction Fundraiser
-18th 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 5, 10am to 6pm
North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH
CLICK HERE for more information.
October 5, 2015
Greetings, Friends of Standing Rock Cultural Arts!
SRCA’s first year in our new space has been amazing! We are reaching out to ask you to join us in continuing this trajectory. As many of you know, many of the possibilities that we had dreamed for our new center have been achieved and we have indeed found new drive in our arts programming that we had trusted would follow! SRCA is proud to announce that we have, as hoped, solar powered and added sustainable bamboo flooring to our space thanks to all of you.
In order to continue to build on the potential this space and SRCA’s programming can offer the community, SRCA has set a new goal of raising $7,500 by December 5, 2015 and we need you!
Up to $5,000 of this earmarked amount is sought in the crucial effort to add a permanent, city-approved accessibility ramp to our building so that guests with disabilities are easily welcomed to our facility. In addition, SRCA hopes to convert our rear deck into a safe, open-air space. These two goals have been unrealized given last year’s renovation expenses. Finally, $2,500 of the goal would facilitate programming.
As many of you know, SRCA did secure a mobile access ramp with funds raised last year in order to meet our immediate needs for friends with disabilities. While this temporary access has assisted visitors in wheelchairs, it has diminished access to steps creating new accessibility issues for others with mobility issues who are not in wheelchairs and who cannot navigate angled ramps. Concerns equally remain about access for unaccompanied individuals in wheelchairs or on crutches who must manage the sloped ramp independently, particularly in non-powered wheelchairs. 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.
Our secondary goal for a secure outer deck that overlooks the river echoes visitors’ suggestions over the past year, as well as our own eco-aesthetic. We envision this deck as a place where plant life can serve as a creative oasis for artists of all genres.
Regardless, the first $5,000 will go to our earmarked Building Promise Fund. $2,500 more will be assigned to our general operating fund for scholarships, facility and programming expenses, or supplies. Amounts beyond $7,500 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. 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 Home Savings 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 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.
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!
For more on our recent year and growth, please visit our overview at …
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
CALL FOR INDEPENDENT SHORT FILMS and/or VIDEOS
-FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS TO SUBMIT SHORT FILMS, DVD'S, AND/OR DIGITAL SHORTS (15 minutes or less) to
- THE 13TH ANNUAL STANDING ROCK INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION.
-CASH PRIZE FOR PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.
-CERTIFICATE AWARD FOR JURIED CHOICE WINNER
WHEN: THE EVENT WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2016 8:00PM
WHERE: THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO
FEE: APPLICATION FEE IS $10 (Ohio Residents) $15 (Outside Ohio)
-November 30, 2015(preferred)
-December 31, 2015 (final)
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE - CLICK HERE
-or write to: SRCA, 257 N. Water St., Kent, OH 44240
VIEW PROSPECTUS - CLICK HERE
OPEN POETRY BACK IN THE BOOKSTORE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 and
DECEMBER 4, 8: 00PM
LAST EXIT BOOKS, 124 EAST MAIN STREET, KENT.
THE RENOVATIONS ARE DONE (PRETTY MUCH) AND THE CAFE IS OPEN.
CLICK HERE for more information
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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
• Pro Arts Consulting
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