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Monthly Archives: March 2015

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    Well-Known Graffiti Artists Meme and Kazilla Join Lineup for RedCan

Well-Known Graffiti Artists Meme and Kazilla Join Lineup for RedCan

In three months, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® will welcome nationally acclaimed graffiti artists from around the country to its East Lincoln Street campus for RedCan, Indian Country’s first-ever graffiti jam. RedCan is scheduled for July 8-9 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park and July 11 at Rapid City’s Art Alley.

As word about this innovative cultural event is spreading, additional headliners have signed on to participate. The latest featured artists to join the RedCan lineup are Meme and Kazilla, female artists who have garnered significant attention in the worlds of graffiti and street art.

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March CRYP Hall of Fame: Joseph White Eyes

This month, we’re featuring a young man who is an alumnus of The Main youth center and the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center. His name is Joseph White Eyes, and we are proud to say that he is a member of our staff.

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Joseph grew up in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, and he graduated from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in spring 2013. As a high school student, he volunteered at CRYP through a variety of teen internship and leadership programs, including the Junior Volunteer program, Youth Leaders in Service, Power of Four, and Community Volunteering.

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CRYP Invests in Valuable Staff Training Opportunities

This spring, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® is investing in a series of valuable staff training and development sessions that will enhance staff members’ ability to serve local youth and their families at every level. The sessions cover a broad range of subjects and are taking place this month and in April.

Already complete is “Compassion Fatigue Training” with Denise Casillas. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota and is currently the director of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Four Bands Healing Center.

The CRYP staff also has completed “Motivational Interviewing,” “Empowering Defiant Teenagers,” “Non-defensive Communication,” “Anxiety in Kids, Teens and Adults,” and “Crisis Intervention” with visiting facilitator Alex “Shoshi” Krosner. This former CRYP volunteer earned her bachelor’s degree in social welfare at the University of Washington in Seattle and a master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania. (Krosner is pictured above during her 2008 volunteer service at CRYP.)

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March Partner of the Month: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

This month, we would like to shine the spotlight on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe here in north-central South Dakota. Over the years, our tribe has supported us in a variety of ways, each of which has been critical as we pursue our mission in the Cheyenne River community.

Not only is the Cheyenne River Youth Project included in the tribe’s general operating budget each year, CRST has provided valuable additional funding through the Tribal Equitable Compensation Act (TECA) in recent years.

CRST’s Tribal Health Department also provides much-needed support for our youth programming and ongoing staff development, primarily through Four Bands Healing Center. And, its Alcohol and Beverage Commission (ABC) provides assistance with food and beverages for special youth and community events.

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    CRYP Art Interns Prepare for Graffiti Workshop on March 27-28

CRYP Art Interns Prepare for Graffiti Workshop on March 27-28

CRYP’s inaugural art internship program is in full swing. Later this month, acclaimed Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor Peyton Scott Russell will travel to the CRYP campus to teach the first of three graffiti art workshops; 10 art interns will be participating in the workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 27-28 at the Cokata Wiconi (“Center of Life”) teen center.

The three 2015 workshops are part of the artist’s innovative “Art of Creative Lettering” course. Peyton (as he is known professionally) said the course allows students to explore graffiti as a fine art form, to define their own distinct identities and personas, to articulate the stories they want to tell, and to create something new and positive with what they’ve learned.

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    Graffiti Culture Will Meet Lakota Culture This Summer at RedCan

Graffiti Culture Will Meet Lakota Culture This Summer at RedCan

This summer, nationally acclaimed graffiti artists from around the country will converge on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation for what will be a first in Indian country: a graffiti jam. Called RedCan, the two-day event is scheduled to take place on July 8-9 at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park in Eagle Butte, and on July 11 at Art Alley in Rapid City.

Featured artists, who will be painting alongside local artists and community members, include: East Foster, from Denver; Peyton Scott Russell, from Minneapolis (see photo); Tyler “Siamese” Read, from Rapid City; and many more. Also on hand will be a variety of hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers, ensuring that RedCan will be a high-energy merging of graffiti culture and Lakota culture.

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