Lakota Arts Fellowship

The CRYP Lakota Arts Fellowship is a 9-month Fellowship Program within our Waniyeto Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. The Fellowship program is designed to build confidence, skills and personal growth for teens who have indicated they are considering pursuing a career in the arts.

The 9-month program provides a mentor, trips and opportunities to expand their art skills in a variety of disciplines, including graffiti art, digital arts, traditional arts, sculpture, stenciling, graphic arts, screen printing and more.

Fellows learn the business side of art with classes that include public speaking, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and merchandising.

The impact of public art, discovering how art can foster healing in communities and how youth leadership can make a difference in those communities are explored as well.

Teens are encouraged to apply using the form below or by visiting CRYP in-person.

 

Apply for the 2021-2022 Arts Fellowship

Meet the 2019-2020 Fellows

Roberta High Elk

Roberta High Elk’s relationship with art began in 4th grade, drawing frequently and with intent. Although art is her main passion, she has been heavily involved with many activities including band, volleyball, Destination Imagination, and cheerleading. Roberta has participated in several art internships at CRYP, as well as being a participating artist in multiple RedCan Graffiti Jams. Roberta will use the fellowship to explore the possibility of professional art sales and teaching. She hopes to make art that feels “monumental” to the viewer.

Emanual Semon

Emanual Semon, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has participated in multiple art internships. Emanual has had past experience in videography, photography, and other art mediums. He hopes to learn new art forms and techniques and how to best combine his interests with videography and illustrations to make a future career path for himself.

Kailey Carter

Kailey Carter was selected for the fellowship because of the skills she displayed previously in their art internship program. She started her journey with art when she was very young, always drawing whatever she found inspiration in. She was never taught how to draw, but learned by pictures and comparison. She was so interested in art and sketching, she would sometimes draw instead of work. “Now, I don’t have time to draw anymore in school, so that’s why I’m glad I’m in the art fellowship to further improve my art skills. I always wanted to go to art college so the fellowship helps me prepare for that, and to sell my artwork in the future which I’m grateful for.” says Kailey.

EXPLORE WANIYETU WOWAPI INSTITUTE & ART PARK

Art Center News

As we embark upon the construction of our new Youth Arts Center for the Waniyetu Wowapi Institute and Art Park, we will keep you updated regularly. Check here for the latest news.

Classes & Workshops

The Waniyetu Wowapi Institute and Art Park currently offers programming in fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts. Our long-term vision includes music and movement, commercial arts, full internships/peer mentor program. Learn more about our classes and workshops.

Lakota Arts Fellowship

The CRYP Lakota Arts Fellowship is a 9-month Fellowship Program within our Waniyetu Wowapi Institute and Art Park. The Fellowship program is designed to build confidence, skills and personal growth for teens who have indicated they are considering pursuing a career in the arts. Learn more about the Fellowship here.

Instructors & Featured Artists

We are deeply thankful for the connection we have to so many incredible artists here on Cheyenne River and across the country. These talented, dedicated individuals teach our children through our Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Institute & Art Park, they share their unique work in our Keya Gift Shop & E-Store, and at every turn, they join with us to lift up our community. Meet our Instructors and Artists. 

Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park

The Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, located adjacent to Cokata Wiconi, is a free public space that offers Cheyenne River’s young people, members of our community, and visitors from other places to express their own unique voices and life experiences in a positive, healthy way. Both traditional and contemporary arts are welcome in this safe outdoor space. Learn more about the Art Park.

RedCan Graffiti Jam

RedCan provides meaningful, lasting inspiration to our young people, who seek to explore their identities, find their own unique voices, and express themselves in a positive, healthy way. It also offers offers an unprecedented opportunity for the Cheyenne River community to experience what has become the largest art movement in the history of humankind. Learn more about RedCan here.