Earlier this month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® hosted its 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam, and by all accounts, the second incarnation was even more successful than the first. If last year’s inaugural RedCan was all about introducing the Lakota and graffiti art communities to each other, then this year was about taking the entire experience to the next level.
“You could feel the energy in town,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Everyone knew what RedCan was about, and the atmosphere was buzzing.”
New headliners included Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Serval from Switzerland; Cyfi from Minnesota’s Twin Cities; and ER from Austin, Texas. Returning for a second year were East, from Denver; Kazilla, from Miami; and Biafra Inc., Daesk and Wundr, all from the Twin Cities.
Native artists joined the visiting artists in the art park and around town. Focus and Rehst, both members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, traveled to Eagle Butte from Rapid City, while Leland Benoist and Annie Chasing Hawk call the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation home. (In an interesting footnote, two of the headlining guest artists also have native roots: East has Cherokee heritage, and Cyfi has Yaqui heritage.)
“Being able to paint with the likes of Serval and East, artists I grew up admiring, was a highlight for me,” Focus said.
And the creativity they unleashed together in Eagle Butte was simply astounding.