Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park

The Cheyenne River community chose the name for CRYP’s free, public art park, christening it “Waniyetu Wowapi.” Translated from Lakota, it means “Winter Count”—a year period, from snow to snow, written on something flat. The winter count is how the Lakota Nation traditionally recorded its history, so it was a fitting name for our 5-acre park. 

Located adjacent to Cokata Wiconi, this free public space allows 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.

We believe the park benefits all those who create within its borders, but also those who choose to visit these ever-changing walls of art. To that end, we have built the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Walk, which winds through the park. Not only will community members and visitors of all ages enjoy wandering the maintained trail, they’ll be enjoy moments of rest and quiet contemplation on the art walk’s carefully placed benches.

Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park Gallery

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.