The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has received a Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative mini-grant from the First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, Colorado. This $2,000 professional development grant, made possible through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, will ensure that the youth project’s staff receives critical arts training this year to support its ongoing youth arts programming.
In the next two months, six staff members will learn graffiti and street art history and techniques, and they will work with local artists to learn traditional Lakota beading styles and quill work. They also will work with local pottery artists to become more familiar with basic pottery techniques and all the necessary equipment.
“We’re thrilled to receive this grant from the First Nations Development Institute,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These funds will allow us to continue building our arts initiatives here at our campus, from our summer arts program to our many arts-related activities and events throughout the year.