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September is Wakagapi Wi, the Month of Creativity!

September is Wakagapi Wi, or the Month of Creativity, at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte. To commemorate the occasion, the nonprofit youth organization is hosting a variety of art classes for young people ages 13-18 at its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.

The classes include mixed media art, ribbon-skirt making, native fashion and graffiti art. Guest instructors include visiting artists Kazilla, East and Scape Martinez and local artists Bonnie LeBeau and Gina Still Smoking.

“Spots are limited, so we encourage teens to contact Jerica Widow at 964-8200 as soon as possible to secure their places,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “These classes will provide important opportunities to learn about new artistic mediums, share creative ideas, and explore personal style. We also have stipends available.”

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Now Available: Schedule for RedCan 2017

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has just released the schedule of events for its upcoming 2017 RedCan graffiti jam. The eagerly anticipated arts and culture festival is scheduled for June 29-July 1 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Thirteen headline artists from eight states and Switzerland will attend this year’s RedCan event. More than half have indigenous heritage, including Taino, Hawaiian, O’odham, Yacqui, Cherokee and Lakota; in addition to painting at mural sites around town and in CRYP’s free public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, they also will be painting alongside local native artists, attending the teen art interns’ exhibition as honored guests, leading youth art workshops, and giving young people the treasured opportunity to paint alongside their heroes.

Featured artists this year are Estria from Hawaii; East from Denver; Serval from Switzerland; Scribe from Kansas City, Missouri; Kazilla and ER from Miami; Cyfi, Wundr and Biafra Inc. from Minnesota’s Twin Cities; Scape Martinez from San Francisco; Dwayno Insano from Tucson, Arizona; and Siamese and Rehst from Rapid City.

“We’re stunned at how quickly RedCan has gone global,” said Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “In just two short years, we’ve reached artists around the world with our message, and they’re contacting us to express interest in attending. It’s incredible.”

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RedCan 2017: CRYP Releases New Details and Teaser Trailer

RedCan is rising: This summer, graffiti artists from around the world will converge once again in a small town on the South Dakota prairie for a groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind arts celebration: the third annual RedCan graffiti jam at the Cheyenne River Youth Project®. The nonprofit organization has just launched a new teaser trailer for RedCan 2017, available here on the CRYP website and on YouTube.

The RedCan gathering, scheduled for June 29-July 1 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park and at sites throughout the Eagle Butte community, is unlike any other public graffiti event in the country. Here, on the remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Lakota reservation, graffiti culture and Lakota culture come together in an explosion of culture, artistic innovation and creativity, and multicultural fellowship.

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 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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    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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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 Hosts RedCan, Graduates First Art Interns, and Receives $100K NEA Our Town Grant!

CRYP Hosts RedCan, Graduates First Art Interns, and Receives $100K NEA Our Town Grant!

It’s been a thrilling month for the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Not only did the 26-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots youth organization host the groundbreaking RedCan graffiti jam and graduate its first cohort of teen art interns, it earned a $100,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

According to NEA Chairman Jane Chu, CRYP was one of 275 applicants for this year’s Our Town awards, and it’s one of 69 award recipients nationwide. The grant program is designed to support creative place-making projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places — with the arts at their core.

It’s a perfect fit for CRYP. In just one year, the innovative youth project has launched an ongoing teen arts internship program; dedicated its 3.5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park, which is open free to the public; and created the nationally recognized RedCan graffiti jam, in which acclaimed artists from around the country converged on South Dakota’s remote, 2.8-million-acre Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation for an unprecedented merging of graffiti culture and Lakota culture.

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