Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute 

YOUTH ARTS CENTER COMING 2022

Art is not a stand-alone concept for Lakota people. We’ve always expressed ourselves through art. It’s an integral part of our lives. Art is culture, and it’s deeply connected to community, so maintaining those connections and making them stronger is critical for us.

We are dedicated to working with our young people to re-establish and strengthen their connections to Lakota traditions, stories, values and authentic culture identity. We must give them as many opportunities as possible to explore their identities and share their truths, from their own deeply personal struggles to their nation’s experiences with conflict. We also seek to share arts-related opportunities with them, from advanced education to professional development. That’s the only way to foster real healing, and to provide a vibrant and more secure future.

That’s why the Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute felt like an intuitive fit for us. Our institute, which we officially launched in September 2016, has been a natural evolution of our existing arts programming, which incorporates the free, public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park and Art Walk, the annual RedCan graffiti jam, the Lakota Arts Fellowship and an extensive, innovative art internship program.

Youth Arts Center

CRYP has officially broken ground for its new youth arts center which will be home to CRYP’s acclaimed Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute.

The innovative facility is made possible through a $2.5 million grant from #StartSmall, Jack Dorsey’s philanthropic initiative. Dorsey is CEO and chairman of Square, CEO of Twitter, and cofounder of both. He first became acquainted with CRYP in 2017, when Square commissioned the short film “Lakota in America,” and he traveled to Eagle Butte for the film’s premiere that fall.

The Youth Arts Center will feature dedicated facilities for traditional and contemporary art, music, performance art, and more.

The vision for the new youth arts center incorporates circular exhibition spaces, photography dark room, recording studio, screen-printing studio, pottery studio with kiln room, multipurpose space with doors opening to the outside, and individual artists’ studios. What’s more, it’s exterior walls will constantly be changing.

Keep up with the new Arts Center journey by reading the news below. 

ART CENTER NEWS

RedCan 2021 Closes with Art Center Groundbreaking & Sampson Bros. Performance

It’s always exciting when artists, performers, volunteers, and guests gather at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, for the four-day RedCan invitational graffiti jam. But this year, after nearly a year and a half of pandemic life, was...

CRYP Receives #StartSmall Grant, Prepares to Break Ground on New Youth Arts Center

The Cheyenne River Youth Project confirmed today that it will officially break ground for its new youth arts center at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 9. The public is welcome to attend the special groundbreaking event, which will take place during the nonprofit...

RedCan 2021: This Summer’s Featured Artists, Special Guests, and More!

With less than a month to go before the award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced the final lineup of artists and special guests for its four-day arts and culture festival. In addition, the CRYP staff has revealed...

CRYP Retains Pyatt Studio to Design New Art Center

The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced today that it has retained the services of Boulder, Colorado-based Pyatt Studio for the design of its new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. The grassroots, nonprofit organization will...

Coming Soon: A New Home for the Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is pleased to announce that it is building a dedicated home for its acclaimed Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. The grassroots, nonprofit organization will break ground for its new art center during RedCan...

THANK YOU TO THE GENEROUS DONORS WHO ARE MAKING THIS ARTS CENTER POSSIBLE

Start Small Foundation

Arts Midwest

NEA Our Town Grant

SUPPORT THE ARTS CENTER

You may donate to CRYP to support the new Arts Center. Our goal is to raise $250,000. Simply select  Arts Institute Youth Arts Center Construction when you donate via Square or PayPal.