Works by Kent Artist Audrey Henry: "Painted longboards on display" (article in the Record-Courier)

New World Children's Theater: "Children's play explores divorce, poverty" (article in the Record-Courier)

Standing Rock: A pillar of the arts community in Kent (article in the Record-Courier)

A Vimeo interview with Standing Rock Cultural Arts co-founder
Gary Lockwood for the Arts Quest television show !

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To Build Community Through The Arts and arts access for all.

To nourish the spirit of creativity by providing art and educational activities that allow children and the general public to explore the arts.

To provide opportunities to artists to bring their work to the community through exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops, performances, festivals, public art projects and special events.

Greetings and welcome to the home of Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Gary Lockwood and Jeff Ingram founded Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Jeff’s dining room after many hours spent talking about what is important to them. Standing Rock Cultural Arts is the combination of Gary and Jeff’s vision for a stronger and more unified community in which they live. Our vision is providing our community with well rounded cultural arts programming to supplement our City Schools and Kent State University. Standing Rock Cultural Arts offers workshops, Youth Theater, Adult Theater, Multimedia Performance Art, Spoken Word Programs, a community art gallery, fund raising benefits, and consulting. The vision includes a Cultural Arts Center in down town Kent, Ohio. A Place to give area Artists a place to show their art, teach, perform, produce, and direct in their own community. How many talented people do we lose because we have no place for them to follow their dreams? We educate them in our City Schools and at Kent State University then we lose them to other cities that do have Cultural Arts as part of their community.

In the year 2000 there was a program called Destination 2006 in which there were four town meetings to find out what was important to our community and at the top of the list at each was a Cultural Art Center in downtown Kent. This CAN HAPPEN if the community wants it to happen. We the people have the power to make it happen. We elect those who govern our town and if they don’t do what the people want then we can replace them. Let your voice be heard. Call your local representative and ask what they are doing to support the arts in your community. Email the Governor and your Senators, Congress men and women and ask them what they are doing to support the Arts in your community. Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE so please give freely to support this type of programming. Let’s make this vision a reality in our community.

We can DO THIS if we come together with one voice and say “We want cultural arts in our community.” For more information you can contact Gary Lockwood at 330-903-2055 or email at

Read more about Co-Founder and Executive Director Jeffrey P. Ingram.

Read more about Co-Founder and Arts Consultant Gary Lockwood.

CLICK HERE for information on our Board.


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




September 30, 2014

Greetings, Friends of Standing Rock Cultural Arts!

We reach out with bittersweet yet exciting news. After 22 years at our 257 N. Water Street location, the last 14 years as a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, we have been notified that our home has been sold. All tenants must vacate the building within the month.

Although SRCA shares many fond memories at 257, we are ecstatic to announce that we have secured a prime gallery and workshop space nearby, in a solid, historic building with beautiful character at 300 N. Water. This space is directly next to our friends at the FJ Kluth Gallery.

To build on that potential, SRCA has set a goal of raising $5,000 by October 30, 2014 to match previous funds given in support of this great new space. In order to open doors to the community on November 1st, SRCA needs your support! We need to purchase an access ramp for differently abled guests and artists. Our ultimate goal is to implement a city-approved permanent ramp. We are also renovating aged flooring, and need to purchase track lighting.

Funds in excess of the $5,000 goal will be placed into an earmarked account, the Building Promise Fund, for current and future facility needs. SRCA continues to plan for an all-inclusive structure to house the arts in all forms as we move into the next phase of our development.

As you may know, communities with successful arts organizations have less crime, a stronger local economy, and students with higher test scores. And as we all know as arts lovers, the arts open avenues and worlds to all of us no matter what our walks of life.

SRCA believes programs, such as our New World Children’s Theatre, Downtown Innovative Community Events, poetry readings, workshops, exhibits, music concerts, dance performances, and film festivals contribute to the quality of life in Kent. Most programming is friendly for all ages and celebrates the wealth of creative talent in our area. SRCA believes the cultural, educational, and economic value is evident.

We ask friends like you who support this mission to contribute a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more today. If you are not in a position to give $25, please consider giving $5 or $10. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made by check payable to SRCA or by Paypal (see "Donate" button below).

As an incentive for your donation of $15 or more, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes worth $25 value or more. SRCA looks forward to the next 22 years of building community through the arts and providing arts access for all. Please join us in this exciting new phase!

Community through the Arts!

Jeff Ingram
Executive Director


Standing Rock Cultural Arts

Article I.
Sec. 1 The name of this organization shall be Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

Article II
Sec. 1  Purpose of Standing Rock Cultural Arts is
1.  To build community through the arts.
2.  To nourish the spirit of creativity by providing events and activities which allow
children and the public to explore the arts.
3.  To provide a forum for artists to bring their work to the public through exhibitions,
readings, performances, workshops and special events.
4.  To evaluate, plan and propose new programs that will make this a beautiful and
efficient region in which the arts can thrive.
5.  To coordinate the projects of local organizations with similar goals.

Article III
Board of Directors

Sec. 1.   Number, Manner of Selection, Term of Office. 
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers and no less than two elected Directors.  The Officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The Directors shall be elected at the annual board meeting, each year, by the current members.  They shall serve a term of one year.  The President shall serve as Chairman of the Board.

Sec. 2.  Qualifications. 
Members who want to be elected to the Board must submit a letter to the Board stating why they want to be on the Board and the resources they will bring to the organization.

Sec. 3.  Vacancies. 
Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled, until the next annual meeting, by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Directors.  Three absences from meetings of the Board of Directors without valid reason shall be cause for dismissal from the Board. 

Sec. 4.  Powers and Duties. 
The Board of Directors shall support the Executive Director and the art and educational programs of the organization.   It shall be responsible for implementing the hiring process for Executive Director in the event of a vacancy.  It shall be responsible for the financial stability of the organization.   It shall be responsible for helping to raise the funds necessary to pay the Executive Director and Artistic Director and annual salary..  It shall serve as ambassadors of the organization to the community locally, and globally. It shall establish such special committees, as it may deem necessary to carry out our programming.   It shall plan and direct the work necessary to carry out plans for actions as adopted by the board.

Sec. 5.   Meetings. 
There shall be six regular meetings of the Board of Directors annually.  The Executive Director or the Chairman may call special meetings of the Board of Directors and shall call a special meeting upon the written request of one of the members of the Board of Directors.

Sec. 6   Quorum. 
A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum.

Article IV.
Sec. 1.  Enumeration and Election of Officers. 
The Officers of the Standing Rock Cultural Arts shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be elected for a term of one year by the general membership at an annual meeting and take office immediately. 

Sec. 2   The President shall act as Chairman of the Board.
The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the organization and of the Board of Directors.  He/She, along with the Treasurer and Executive Director will be able to sign or endorse checks.  He/She will be the ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.  He/She shall have the usual powers of supervision and management as may pertain to the office of Chairman and perform such other duties as may be designated by the Board of Directors.

Sec. 3  The Vice President. 
The Vice President shall in the event of absence or disability of the president possess all the powers and perform all the duties of that office, until such time as the Board of Directors shall elect one of its members to fill the vacancy.  The Vice President shall perform such other duties as the president and the Board may designate.

Sec.4 The Secretary. 
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all general meetings and of all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other functions as may be incident to this office.

Sec. 5  The Treasurer. 
The Treasurer shall be the custodian of the financial accounts of the organization.  The Treasurer will create two financial reports yearly regarding income and expenses.  He/She will maintain records of these reports.  He/She will coordinate with an account to submit the IRS 990 tax form at the end of the fiscal year.


Article V.
Financial Administration

Sec. 1  Fiscal Year.
The fiscal year of the Standing Rock Cultural Arts shall commence on the first day of January of each year. 

Article VI

Sec. 1.  Board Meetings. 
There shall be six meetings of the Board each year, planned as follows: all directors meet every other month beginning in January; all officers/executive committee members meet every month. Special meetings may be called at the request of the President or any two Directors at a date, time, and place to be determined by the conveners.

Se. 2.  Annual Meetings. 
An annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held the second Sunday of January unless otherwise scheduled by the Board.  Officers will be elected and new Board members appointed in November so that the newly appointed begin their term in January when other business as may properly come before it is discussed.

Sec. 3.  Quorum.
A majority of existing members shall constitute a quorum at all meetings of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

Article VII.
Nominations and Elections of Board of Directors

Sec. 1.  Nominations. 
Nominations for Standing Rock Board of Directors shall be made throughout the year and submitted and accepted until the June meeting.  Nominations will be considered and voted on at the following meeting.

Sec. 2.   Elections.  The election shall be by voice vote at the end of the year meeting in November.  A majority vote constitutes an election.   Absentee or proxy voting shall not be permitted. 

Article VIII
Plans for Action

Sec. 1.  Plans for Action 
Plans for action shall be directed to those activities and projects based on the purpose as stated in Article II.   Projects may be proposed by the Executive Director, The Artistic Director, or the Board of Directors.  Normally, one month's notice must be given to the Board of Directors before the meeting at which time a proposal is to be voted upon.  The Board shall oversee committee work and implementation of such plans for action. 


Article IX

Sec. 1. Governance Committees.
     The President may designate one or more committees, each of which will consist of one or more Directors and such additional Directors or other persons as the Board of Directors determines appropriate. There shall be at least two (2) standing committees as follows: 

(1)       Finance Committee. Shall consist of the President (ex-officio), Treasurer (chair),
and up to two additional members as nominated by the President and approved by
the Board of Directors. 

Except for the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, the
Finance Committee shall have all the powers and authority of the Board of
Directors in the intervals between meetings of the full Board of Directors and is
subject to the direction and control of the full Board. This Committee is also
responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, fundraising plans,
and annual budget with Staff and other Directors. 

(2)       Communications and Programming Committee. Shall consist of the President (ex-
officio), elected Chair from the Board, and up to two additional members as
nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. It is charged

a. primary responsibility for publicity and visibility in the community;
b. advising staff in the development and execution of programming. 

Article X

Sec. 1.  Amending By-Laws
These bylaws may be amended by two thirds vote of the board.  Amendments must be submitted one month prior to the vote. 

Sec. 2.  Rules of order
Roberts’s rule of order shall be the parliamentary authority.

Article XI
Effective dates and adoption of bylaws

Sec. 1.   All sections of these by-laws shall take effect immediately upon adoption by a majority of the board at the end of the year annual meeting.

Article XII
Dissolution of corporation

Sec. 1.   In the event of dissolution of the corporation, assets will be distributed to local charitable organizations as seen fit by the board of directors, after all financial obligations are met.



Standing Rock had been a Council Place for Tribes Before White Men Settled the area in the late 1700's.
Here it is as it looks today, Standing in the Cuyahoga River in Kent, Ohio.