Annual Make Mine With Ice festival held Saturday
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Group files objection to magistrate's ruling
The struggle persists over the relocation of a historic Kent house to a cherished piece of greenspace. Kent attorney John Plough, representing members of the group Save the Standing Rock Garden, who oppose the relocation of the Kent Wells Sherman House to 247 N. Water St., has filed an objection to a magistrate's decision in the court case about the issue. In December Portage County Magistrate Kent Graham denied three injunction requests made by Save the Standing Rock Garden in an effort to stop the relocation of the house to the lot, which has been used — but not owned — for decades by members of neighboring Kent arts group Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Plough had asked the court for injunctions in November against the Kent Wells Sherman …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
"Active imagination" is the only prerequisite for children ages 6-17 who want to learn how to write and stage a play.
Standing Rock Cultural Arts is now enrolling students ages 6-17 for its New World Children's Theatre Playwriting Workshop, whose first session will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the North Water Street Gallery. Jeff Ingram, New World Children’s Theatre director, said the workshop will culminate in three performances to be staged between May 17-29 at the African Community Theatre, located in Oscar Ritchie Hall at Kent State University. The workshop group will meet twice weekly to write a play. Ingram said the sessions will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, although there will be some schedule flexibility. Once the play is written the group will meet three times weekly to rehearse and create sets …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Magistrate's order issued Wednesday, made public today
A Portage County magistrate has ruled that several requests for an injunction to stop the relocation of the Kent Wells Sherman House to 247 N. Water St. have all been denied by the court. Portage County magistrate Kent Graham issued his ruling in the case Wednesday, and the order became public for the first time this afternoon, essentially allowing the relocation of the house to the vacant lot between the Scribbles Coffee building and the Standing Rock Cultural Arts gallery. Kent residents under the banner Save the Standing Rock Garden filed requests for injunctions last month against the Kent Architectural Review Board, Kent Planning Commission and the Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc., board to try and stop the relocation of the historic …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Traditions unearthed during Dia de los Muertos art exhibition at Standing Rock
I'm always glad when October rolls around. Not only is the air fresh, the trees gorgeous and the food scrumptious, but there's also Halloween! I love this holiday because it's time to let our hair down and welcome a little fantasy and creativity into our lives. This year Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Stone Tavern will resurrect SCRA's decade long tradition of honoring the dead through a creative celebration of life with the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Art Exhibition. The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout the world on All Saints' Day (Nov 1) and All Souls' Day (Nov 2). And while it's fun to dress up like vampires, zombies and the other various other states of undead on Halloween, Dia de los Muertos has a slightly …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Arts group pleads with city council to consider working with Kent State to use lot at 202 N. Lincoln St.
The director of Standing Rock Cultural Arts made one last push Wednesday to try and stop the relocation of a historic Kent house to greenspace adjacent to the arts group's gallery. Jeff Ingram, director of the SCRA, urged members of Kent City Council to stop the relocation of the Kent Wells-Sherman House to the lot at 247 N. Water St. Ingram asked council to consider an alternate site for the historic house, which already has the necessary approval from several city commissions to be moved to the space next to the North Water Street Gallery. He suggested the house be moved to the vacant lot at 202 N. Lincoln St., which is owned by Kent State University and was formerly home to Hillel at Kent State. "North Lincoln over North Water has many …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Planning commission approves site plan for house at 247 N. Water St.
After months of debate, members of the non-profit Kent Wells Sherman House Inc. have the OK to move a historic house with ties to the city's namesake family to the lot at 247 N. Water St. The Kent Planning Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a site plan for the lot that situates the house 13.5 feet back from the sidewalk. The lot is the green space between the Standing Rock Cultural Arts gallery and the Scribbles Coffee Company building downtown. The issue has appeared before several of the city's citizen planning boards in recent months as members of the non-profit worked to save it from demolition. The house had to be moved recently to make way for Kent State University's Esplanade extension, which saw the demolition of several of …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Friends of Kent Wells-Sherman House presented altered site plan for 247 N. Water St. lot
The historic Kent Wells-Sherman House is one step closer to relocating to 247 N. Water St., the site preferred by the non-profit group working to restore the house. The Kent Architectural Review Board issued a certificate of appropriateness to the Friends of the Kent Wells-Sherman House, Inc., for a site plan that puts the house on the vacant lot between Scribbles Coffee Company and Standing Rock Cultural Arts North Water Street Gallery. The project's site plan will next go to the Kent Planning Commission for consideration on Sept. 4. But there's a catch. The architecture board recommended the house be set back between 12 feet and 15 feet from North Water Street. And the planning commission already voted this summer to reject a site plan …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The animated film "The Iron Giant” will be shown on a big screen at Hometown Bank Plaza.
This article was updated at 11:30 a.m. to reflect that this event is on July 27. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head to Hometown Bank Plaza at dusk on Friday, July 27, for a free screening of the animated film "The Iron Giant” – and munch on some free pizza donated by Little Caesars. The Sidewalk Cinema event is a rite of summer produced by Standing Rock Cultural Arts and downtown businesses through D.I.C.E. (Downtown Innovative Community Event). "The Iron Giant” (1999) is based upon the 1968 story, "Iron Man," by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The 86-minute film is rated PG. Here's a plot summary provided by SRCA: This is the animated story a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Planning Commission turns down site plan for North Water Street relocation of historic Kent Wells Sherman House.
Three of five Kent Planning Commission members chose green-space preservation over saving a Civil War-era home from possible demolition by rejecting plans Tuesday for relocating the Kent Wells Sherman House to a vacant North Water Street parcel. Commission members Anthony Catalano, John Gargan Jr. and Peter Paino voted against approving a site plan for the non-profit Kent Wells Sherman House Inc., a group formed in March to save the historic structure found to have ties to the Kent family and other prominent citizens. Voting in favor of the site plan were commission members Gregory Balbierz and Melissa Long. The house relocation from East Erie Street is necessary for construction of The Esplanade extension, a Kent State University led …