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"Halim El-Dabh Day!"
- A Celebration

"2nd Annual Robert E. Wood Legacy Project"
- Art Exhibition

"Go With the Flow"
- Earth Day Fundraiser

"Call for Art!"
- Juried Art Exhibition - "Lost and Found"

"Ohio Arts Council Sustainability Grant"
- Grant Summary


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

The 10th Annual "Go with the Flow" Watershed Awareness Local Brew and Wine Tasting
-Fundraiser for The “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival

Saturday, March 24th, 2018. 7-10pm
300 N. Water Street Gallery, Suite H, Kent OH 44240

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!


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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)

-Halim was a University Professor Emeritus at Kent State University
-Halim was one of the premier classical music composers in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
-Music Performance by Bryan Thomas and Jexo of Halim's work titled, “Aapep and Ra"
-Music Performance “Lost and Found” by Ron Slabe of unreleased recordings from 2005.
-Videos of past performances.

Sunday, March 4, 2018. 7:00pm
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St, Suite H., Downtown Kent


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

2nd 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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018. 7-10pm. Opening Reception

-Food, Beverages, Music!
-Exhibit Runs through March 30, 2018
-North Water Street Gallery & FJ Kluth Gallery. 300 N. Water St. Kent


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Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Downtown Businesses present

14th Annual "Make Mine with Ice"  Ice Carving Exhibition
-A Downtown Innovative Community Event (D.I.C.E.) Happening
-Ice Carving Demonstration by Mitch Schrader and The University of Akron Ice Carving Club

-Coincides with Main Street Kent's Chocolate Walk. http://www.mainstreetkent.org/chocolate-walk/

Saturday, February 10, 1-4pm
Hometown Bank Plaza,  corner of Water St. and Main St. in Downtown Kent


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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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