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    CRYP Announces Dates and Artists for 3rd Annual RedCan, Launches Fundraising Campaign

CRYP Announces Dates and Artists for 3rd Annual RedCan, Launches Fundraising Campaign

It’s the new year, and RedCan is rising once again. With interest in Indian Country’s first and only invitational graffiti jam hotter than ever, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced the dates and featured artists for its 3rd annual RedCan—and has launched the fundraising campaign that will support this year’s event.

RedCan 2017 will take place from June 29 to July 1 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at various sites across the city of Eagle Butte. Featured artists this year are Estria from Hawaii; East from Denver; Serval from Switzerland; Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Scape Martinez from San Francisco; Kazilla and ER from Miami; Dwayno Insano from Tucson, Arizona; and Biafra Inc., Cyfi and Wundr from Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

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    CRYP Introduces an Indigenous Arts “Rezolution” with New RedCan Documentary

CRYP Introduces an Indigenous Arts “Rezolution” with New RedCan Documentary

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has just released its eagerly anticipated RedCan graffiti jam documentary. Available to the public on the youth project’s YouTube channel and through its Facebook page, the approximately nine-minute video introduces audiences to RedCan, its featured artists, CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, and the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

Perhaps even more importantly, the documentary introduces viewers to Cheyenne River’s children—and the critical role RedCan plays in their lives.

“Ever since we founded RedCan in 2015, we’ve recognized that it’s so much more than a graffiti jam,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We’re proud that we created an unprecedented way for graffiti culture and Lakota culture to come together, but as we experienced the first RedCan and then saw the second one completely eclipse the first in terms of outreach and impact, we realized that what we really created is a revolution.”

That revolution also is what Garreau called a “rezolution.” Not only does RedCan expose Cheyenne River’s young people to what has become the largest and longest-running art movement in human history, it encourages them to explore their own unique identities, find their voices, share their stories and truths, and find positive, healthy means of self-expression.

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The RedCan Graffiti Jam is About So Much More Than Art

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.

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    It’s Time for Our 2nd Annual RedCan Graffiti Jam: New Headliners, Old Favorites, Supaman and More!

It’s Time for Our 2nd Annual RedCan Graffiti Jam: New Headliners, Old Favorites, Supaman and More!

Residents of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Eagle Butte visitors and members of the media are all invited to the Cheyenne River Youth Project® on July 6-9 for its 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam. This year’s eagerly anticipated event includes new headliners, returning favorites, a teen art exhibition, live music that includes a Supaman concert, and a visit with the northern Peace & Dignity Journeys runners as they race to Panama to meet their southern counterparts.

“At RedCan, Lakota artists and youth paint alongside some of the most acclaimed graffiti artists in the country, and indeed, the world,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “It’s a celebration of art, music, positive self-expression, exploration of identity and cultural storytelling, and it’s simply revolutionary. Especially in Indian Country.”

RedCan will kick off on Wednesday, July 6 with an opening reception for the Art Internship Cohort II & III Exhibition at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The reception will incorporate a 6 p.m. honoring ceremony for the teen interns, whose work will remain on display through Saturday, July 9.

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It’s Not Too Late to Support RedCan 2016!

There’s still time to support Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s acclaimed RedCan graffiti jam, scheduled for July 6-9 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Through Crowdrise, the nonprofit youth organization seeks to raise much-needed funds to cover the costs of paint, art supplies, food and beverages, and artists’ travel expenses.

Several of the headlining artists have made their own financial contributions and are sharing the Crowdrise campaign through their personal and professional networks. Four of these artists also hail from the Midwest; based in the Twin Cities, they are Biafra Inc., Cyfi, Daesk and Wundr.

These four artists will join headliners Scribe, Serval, East and Kazilla, local Cheyenne River artists, and youth artists of all ages for four high-energy days overflowing with art, music, culture and fellowship.

Not only will the artists be painting in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, they’ll be adding their unique murals to various buildings around the city of Eagle Butte. Community members and visitors also will be able to view 20 pieces of the current art interns’ work in Cokata Wiconi’s classroom space, and on RedCan’s final night, acclaimed native rapper Supaman will rock Waniyetu Wowapi.

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    CRYP Announces Fundraiser, Headliners for 2016 RedCan Graffiti Jam

CRYP Announces Fundraiser, Headliners for 2016 RedCan Graffiti Jam

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s acclaimed RedCan graffiti jam is just eight weeks away, and staff members have launched a Crowdrise campaign (crowdrise.com/redcangraffitijam2016) to raise the much-needed funds to cover the costs of paint, art supplies, food and beverages, and artists’ travel expenses. And they’re not doing it alone — several artists have made financial contributions, and headlining artist Scribe is selling his “Cante Iyapapi” prints through the CRYP gift shop and online at scribeswalk.com to help support the RedCan fundraising effort.

Twenty-five signed 18×24 prints are available, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit CRYP. Scribe said he’s happy to do whatever he can to support the youth project as it pursues its ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community.

“A lot of my life has been trying to make something bigger out of something that starts small,” he explained. “It seems like CRYP has a similar situation. I admire that type of spirit, and I admire people who invest in the well-being of others. There are a lot of jams currently being used to ultimately help real estate and make an area hip. This is more about uplifting a community as a whole.”

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    Executive Director Julie Garreau Speaks at Texas A&M University History Conference

Executive Director Julie Garreau Speaks at Texas A&M University History Conference

Earlier this month, Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff members traveled from South Dakota to Bryan, Texas, for the 7th annual HGSO/PAT History Conference at Texas A&M University. The theme for this year’s conference was “Community. Culture. Conflict,” and CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau was a featured speaker during the two-day event.

Designed for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research, the conference drew nearly 70 participants from universities in and outside of Texas, according to Brooke Linsenbardt, Texas A&M PhD student and conference co-organizer. She said the organizers sought to do something a little different this year, and that’s where CRYP came in.

“We specifically wanted to be more interdisciplinary and bring in a third speaker who is not part of the academy — not a historian at a university,” she explained. “We all believe that history is important to people in the present, and sometimes, historians forget this. People who engage with communities in the present time are doing very important work, and we wanted to create that bridge between the academy and the communities.”

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CRYP to Host 2nd Annual RedCan Graffiti Jam on July 6-9!

It’s back. This July, graffiti artists from around the world will converge once again in a small town on the South Dakota prairie for a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind arts celebration: the 2nd annual RedCan graffiti jam at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®.

The RedCan gathering, scheduled for July 6-9 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at sites throughout the Eagle Butte community, is unlike any other public graffiti event. On the remote Cheyenne River Lakota reservation, graffiti culture and Lakota culture come together in a creative explosion of culture, innovation and fellowship.

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    CRYP Wins 2015 Bush Prize & Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter Grant

CRYP Wins 2015 Bush Prize & Wellmark Foundation Community Kickstarter Grant

It’s been a huge week for the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, which has served children and families on South Dakota’s remote 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River reservation for 27 years. The not-for-profit, grassroots youth organization has won the Bush Foundation’s 2015 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, and a Wellmark Foundation’s Community Kickstarter grant that will allow it to build the Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Walk.

CRYP is one of eight organizations to receive the 2015 Bush Prize. Along with its fellow award winners, it will receive an unrestricted grant equal to 25 percent of the organization’s budget for the previous fiscal year.

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    CRYP Welcomes Acclaimed Artist Scape Martinez to Cheyenne River

CRYP Welcomes Acclaimed Artist Scape Martinez to Cheyenne River

Earlier this month, CRYP welcomed San Jose, California-based artist Scape Martinez to its East Lincoln Street campus for a week of mural painting and youth arts education. During the week prior to Labor Day, Martinez painted a mural on Eagle Butte’s Main Street, painted a second one in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, and engaged children of all ages in a special Youth Graffiti Jam.

An accomplished multidisciplinary artist and best-selling writer who has been involved in the graffiti art scene since the 1980s, Martinez has pushed the boundaries of both graffiti and street art, bringing them firmly into the fine art, public art and educational arenas. He also has written four books on creating graffiti-style urban art, and he frequently conducts workshops and lectures for teenagers, fellow artists and educators.

During the jam on September 4, Martinez worked with children on small can control exercises, teaching basic can control and effects. According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, one of the jam participants surprised everyone.

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