Waniyetu Wowapi Institute and Art Park

Arts Center Capital Campaign

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Donate to the new Waniyetu Wowapi Arts Center today!

On July 9, 2021, CRYP officially broke ground for a new art center on our Eagle Butte campus. This innovative new facility will be the beating heart of our acclaimed Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Institute & Art Park, and we are working toward a grand opening in summer 2024.

Thanks to generous donors across the country, we are more than three-quarters of the way to meeting our fundraising goal. To raise the final $1 million, the Wayfarer Foundation is offering a matching grant of $500,000.

That means that every $1 you donate between now and Dec. 31, 2023 becomes $2 for our new arts center.

How can you support our Arts Center Building construction?

Please mail your check with “Arts Center Capital Campaign” in the memo line to:

P.O. Box 410
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Or visit our Give page and select “Art Center Construction” in the Gift Designation field.

Vibrant New Spaces for Exploration, Expression, and Wólakȟota

The new Waniyetu Wowapi Arts Center will provide dedicated spaces for our youth and community members to learn, explore, create, collaborate, and express themselves in positive, healthy ways. Here, traditional Lakota arts and culture will intersect with contemporary mediums and styles, giving art students access to a variety of resources, tools and inspiration.

The exterior walls will be constantly changing to reflect the vibrant culture of our Cheyenne River Lakota Nation, and generations will gather here to celebrate Wólakȟota, our sacred way of life.

There is no word for “art” in Lakota. Art is simply culture. When we create art and share it, we are reclaiming our ancestral rights, our identity, and our spaces. And together, we are lifting up our community.

We deeply appreciate all contributions to help bring this incredible new arts and culture facility to life — for our young people, and for our community.

Youth learning from art teacher demonstrating technique


Start Small Foundation

Arts Midwest

National Endowment for the Arts

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Schmidt Family Foundation/
11th Hour Project

Vadon Foundation

John T. Vucurevich Foundation

The Wayfarer Foundation

The Mellon Foundation

Sheldon Reese Foundation

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Individual Donors

Blanco Borrero

Brooke Linsenbardt

Colleen Rooney

Daniel Smith

Daniel W. Smith

Erin Archuleta

Hans Linsenbardt

John Roberts

Judith Gordon

Julie Garreau

Kris Oosting

LT Graffiti Podcast

Richard Honish

Mark Zigerelli

Mary Christine

Michael Welch

Nokomis Tattoo

Paul Thibodeau

Patricia Filkins

Richard Marchand

Ron Severson

Sharon Carson

Sheldon Reese Foundation

Todd Truver

Vera Grossman

Winston Sparks