The Cheyenne River Youth Project® has announced that it will be hosting a one-day, invitational Lakota Graffiti Jam in conjunction with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s annual Fair, Rodeo and Powwow weekend. The invitational graffiti jam is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 1 in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park.
Painting in the park will be local Lakota artists Rehst and Leland Benoist, as well as 15 teens who are participating in the nonprofit youth project’s art internship program. The First People’s Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts bus will be on site for youth art activities, DJ Micah will be spinning tunes for artists and guests alike, and Dakota South Records will take the stage for a free public concert at 4 p.m.
“We’re really excited to host the Lakota Graffiti Jam for our community,” said Tammy Granados, CRYP’s youth programs director. “We’re all looking forward to taking this time to celebrate our local Lakota artists of all ages, enjoy music in the art park, and spend time with our friends and neighbors during the annual fair. It’ll be a beautiful way to end the summer season.”
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The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities.