All cultures utilize the arts to provide social commentary, whether it is the expression of emotions, the documentation of historical events, or the preservation of heritage. The Lakota, also, have a rich history as crafts people and artisans, a tradition that the Cheyenne River Youth Project respects and promotes in its activities.
Volunteers include Arts in Crafts in our daily program because it encourages creativity, provides a healthy outlet for the children and gives us another avenue to discover the talents of our children, talents which we can further and inspire. These activities might include painting a mural, working with plaster molds, or making puppets. Tables covered in supplies are placed around our large activity room so that the children have plenty of space and all of the tools that they need to create their masterpieces.
All of our supplies are donated from all over the country. We have been fortunate enough to have a wonderful selection for our kids, including glitter-glue pens, fabric, felt, craft buttons, beads, feathers, paper of all sizes and colors, and plenty of markers and crayons. The kids exhaust these supplies at a fantastic rate, and new supplies are constantly in demand. We keep a steady eye on the conservation of resources to make sure that all of our supplies last as long as possible, but the kids create faster than we can hang their pictures on the walls.
All of our young artisans consistently impress us with their work, and whatever we cannot fit on our walls is donated to the local elderly housing to brighten their hallways. The kids truly love creating and we never tire of helping them to reach their potential and discover their talents.
See our needs list for more information about what supplies and materials that CRYP can utilize in the Arts and Crafts Program.
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All cultures utilize the arts to provide social commentary, whether it is the expression of emotions, the documentation of historical events, or the preservation of heritage. The Lakota, also, have a rich history as craftspeople and artisans, a tradition that CRYP respects and promotes in its activities. Learn more about Arts & Crafts at the Main.
At CRYP, literacy is not just about reading. It’s about developing comprehension skills, exploring new ways to express yourself, and appreciating different forms of communication. And, it’s about having fun. Learn more about Literacy at the Main.
A healthy body is vital for improving self-esteem, gaining confidence and keeping the mind open to new ideas and information. Through our Wellness activities, our children enjoy recreation, mentorship and teamwork while learning new skills. Learn more about Wellness at the Main.
Through an innovative series of staff- and volunteer-taught classes in a variety of subjects, our award-winning Main University enhances children’s current school experience—and lays the groundwork for the whole new world of higher education. Learn more about Main University.
We encourage children to attend The Main on a regular basis through our fun, creative and educational Clubs. In each session, the kids build on what they learned the previous week, and they strengthen their connections to their mentors, peers and Lakota values. Learn more about The Main’s Clubs.