In an unprecedented year, the Cheyenne River Youth Project joined forces with artists, partners, and friends to create an innovative new version of its annual, award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam. Tonight, that remarkable experience will come to a close.
This final day of RedCan 2020 will incorporate a live broadcast from CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park at 2:30 p.m. During this broadcast, staff members will provide youth with the paint, tape, and stencils they need to design their own skateboards. Youth also will have an opportunity to visit the mural site of Unalee Howe, a Cheyenne River-based RedCan artist who is creating a large-scale artwork in the park.
Tonight is the grand finale: At 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, RedCan 2020 murals will formally be unveiled to the public in eight cities nationwide: Denver; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Seattle; Kansas City, Missouri; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Rapid City, Pine Ridge, and Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Afterward, at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time, viewers will enjoy a special performance by Midnight Express at the Minneapolis mural site, as well as a talking circle with RedCan artists East, 179, Biafra, Chief, Collins, Cyfi, Dwayno Insano, Hoka, Sadat, Scribe, Unalee Howe, and Wundr, all of whom will be broadcasting live from their home communities.
What’s more, this year’s featured artists have created original, limited-edition prints inspired by their RedCan 2020 murals. These prints will be available for purchase through CRYP’s website as soon as the murals are unveiled, and according to Youth Arts Director Tyler Read, interested buyers must act quickly.
“We’ve only created 20 copies of each print, so they’re absolutely limited edition,” Read explained. “They are collector’s items, produced on high-quality archival paper. And proceeds will benefit CRYP’s programming and services, with every contribution making a real difference in the lives of Cheyenne River’s young people.”
The link to purchase prints will be made available through CRYP’s social media channels after the mural unveiling goes live. Interested buyers also may go directly to CRYP’s website at lakotayouth.org.
The schedule for the final day of RedCan 2020:
Today, Saturday, Aug. 15
2:30 p.m. MT — RedCan 2019 Short Film + LIVE Youth Art Activity (Skateboard Design)
6:30 p.m. MT — LIVE Mural Unveilings & Special Midnight Express Performance at the Minneapolis mural site
7:30 p.m. MT — LIVE Talking Circle with CRYP Executive Director Julie Garreau, East, 179, Biafra, Chief, Collins, Cyfi, Dwayno Insano, Hoka, Sadat, Scribe, Unalee Howe, Wundr
RedCan 2020 Will Be Broadcasting Live:
CRYP Facebook Community:
Social Distance Powwow:
CRYP YouTube Channel:
Note: All previously broadcast RedCan 2020 segments will be available at
To learn more about RedCan 2020, visit www.lakotayouth.org/redcan. You’ll be able to view all previously broadcast RedCan 2020 video segments, previous years’ video documentaries and photo galleries, bios for this year’s featured artists and special guests, and more.
To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit lakotayouth.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@LakotaYouth) and Instagram (@lakotayouth and @waniyetuwowapi).
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.