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    CRYP Announces Launch of Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute

CRYP Announces Launch of Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced the official launch of its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Arts Institute. The institute, according to CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau, is a natural evolution of the youth project’s existing arts programming, which incorporates the free, public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, the annual RedCan graffiti jam, and an extensive—and innovative—teen art internship program.

As it grows and develops, the Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute at CRYP will incorporate fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. The long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program.

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    2nd & 3rd Cohorts of Teen Art Interns Prepare for Upcoming RedCan Exhibition

2nd & 3rd Cohorts of Teen Art Interns Prepare for Upcoming RedCan Exhibition

The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that its second and third cohorts of teen art interns are preparing a formal exhibition of their work, which will be open to the public. Their artwork will be on display from Wednesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 9 in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center’s classroom.

CRYP is inviting all the interns’ families to attend a special opening reception and honoring ceremony at Cokata Wiconi on Wednesday evening, which also is the first night of the eagerly anticipated RedCan graffiti jam. Guests may view the teens’ framed artwork and enjoy refreshments while mingling with youth project staff and visiting artists.

Also on hand will be Peyton Scott Russell from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, a returning RedCan artist and the lead instructor for CRYP’s innovative, 18-month-old art internship program. This comprehensive program gives Cheyenne River teens the opportunity to build their skills in a variety of artistic disciplines, including traditional art, graffiti art, and street art.

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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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Teen Interns Experience Weekend Art Retreat in Minneapolis

On November 13-15, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® took its second cohort of art interns on a weekend art retreat that gave the eight teenagers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the Minneapolis art scene. CRYP staff members accompanied Xzanndria Norris, 15, Jaymalee Turning Heart, 14, Tori Jensen, 16, Ranger Gunville, 16, Nathanial Fast Wolf, 13, Donovan Moran, 13, Maxwell Peacock, 14, and Edward Norris Jr., 13, on their two-day adventure in the big city, which is home to two of their art instructors.

After arriving at the Hyatt and enjoying a movie night on Friday, the teens embarked on their art tour Saturday morning with a two-hour stop at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, followed by beverages and lunch at Espresso Royale and Uncle Frankie’s Hot Dogs. During the afternoon hours, they had the chance to tour the art studio belonging to Peyton Scott Russell, their lead art instructor, and tour some of the city’s most famous murals with Peyton and with Biafra, also a CRYP guest instructor.

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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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    RedCan Graffiti Jam Will Feature Artists from Across U.S., Plus Skateboard Exhibition

RedCan Graffiti Jam Will Feature Artists from Across U.S., Plus Skateboard Exhibition

It’s almost here. Indian country’s first-ever graffiti jam is just three weeks away, and it’s built incredible momentum. The Cheyenne River Youth Project® staff reports that acclaimed artists, valued supporters and friends will converge on Eagle Butte, South Dakota, from around the world.

The revolutionary arts event, titled RedCan, is scheduled for July 8-9 in Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where activities will take place in CRYP’s 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park and at select sites around the community. From there, artists will head west for a second RedCan event in Rapid City’s Art Alley.

Headline artists include East Foster from Denver (pictured here), Kazilla from Miami, Meme from southern California, Tyler “Siamese” Read from Rapid City, and Peyton Scott Russell, Biafra Inc. and Wundr from Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Also on hand will be a variety of native and non-native artists, hip-hop groups, native drum groups and native dancers.

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    Interns Learn Arts of Stenciling & Paper Collage From Acclaimed Guest Instructors

Interns Learn Arts of Stenciling & Paper Collage From Acclaimed Guest Instructors

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s first cohort art interns had a busy spring, studying the history of graffiti and street art, learning the art of creative lettering, and exploring how community art parks like CRYP’s new, 5-acre Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park can be tools for critical change. In late April, the six art interns delved into stenciling with guest instructor Biafra Inc., an accomplished stencil artist based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities; currently, they are working on collage with fellow Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor Peyton Scott Russell.

During his April course at CRYP’s East Lincoln Street campus, Biafra introduced the staff and interns to common stenciling tools such as knives, papers and paints, and then they had an opportunity to practice making lines and curves. They worked on understanding, locating and cutting bridges — the most complicated part of the process — and practiced on images and letters that would be used in their final project.

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    Teen Interns Learn Graffiti Art from Some of the Country’s Top Talent

Teen Interns Learn Graffiti Art from Some of the Country’s Top Talent

The Cheyenne River Youth Project®’s first art interns are now deeply involved in their internship coursework, thanks to several renowned professional artists who are teaching them the basics of graffiti and street art. They include lead instructor Peyton Scott Russell, a Minneapolis-based artist and art instructor; Tyler “Siamese” Read, an artist who also serves as the arts education engagement coordinator for the Rapid City Arts Council; and Biafra Inc., who also is based in the Twin Cities and has exhibited his work around the world.

Peyton (as he is known professionally) taught “Graffiti: The Art of Creative Lettering” at the CRYP campus on March 27-28. During the three-session course, he shared the method he developed to help fledgling art students understand structure, balance and space for drawing and painting letters. And it involves much more than writing.

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Support RedCan Graffiti Jam Today Through Crowdrise!

South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation comprises two of the poorest counties in the United States, yet it is imaginably rich with the strong, beautiful, enduring Lakota culture. In a sense, Lakota culture and graffiti culture have much in common — graffiti culture also has proven to be so powerful that the poverty in which it has been immersed cannot hold it back.

These two worlds will collide for the first time this summer at RedCan, Indian country’s first-ever graffiti jam. The event will take place on July 8-9 in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (“Winter Count”) Art Park in Eagle Butte and on July 11 at Art Alley in Rapid City. And the 26-year-old, not-for-profit, grassroots youth project has launched a Crowdrise campaign to help raise funds.

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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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