East Foster
East Foster, Lead Instructor
Denver, CO

A native of Illiana (Illinois-Indiana) now residing in Denver, East graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine & Performing Arts in 1988. This classically trained scholarship recipient and teacher’s apprentice excelled in the arts of Intaglio printmaking and color theory. His love of technical lines and color spilled over into his passion for urban art, and East became a leading influence in the Illinois underground art scene and is a founder of Midwest graffiti styles. With more than 30 years’ experience, East continues to surge forward — through his consistency and perseverance, he has earned the title “Midwest Master.” Today, he owns and operates the Cypher Shop, Denver’s premium art supply boutique, and he continues to pursue his passion for letters and lettering styles.

Minneapolis, MN

Biafra started cutting stencils as a way to decorate his skateboard in 2003. Cutting stencils quickly turned into an obsession, suddenly the stencils were on stickers and walls and that transitioned into an interest in graffiti and screen printing. He switched my major from education to art and received a B.F.A. with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
He has gone on to paint murals around the country and show is work in galleries as well. All of his original artistic influences, techniques and inspirations are still present in his work and they are things to he teaches to younger artists. He has helped at CRYP teaching and painting for the last 6 years.

Scape Martinez
Scape Martinez,
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Scape Martinez is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist who has been involved in graffiti art since the 1980s. Since then, he has pushed the boundaries of graffiti and street art, bringing this urban style into fine art, public art and education. Scape’s fine-art paintings combine elements of graffiti art and abstract expressionism to create large scale, rhythmic and expressive composition. Over the years, his passion for art has transcended walls and canvas to include public art, writing and art education. He frequently hosts graffiti workshops and lectures for teenagers, fellow artists and educators, and he has written four best-selling books on creating graffiti-style urban art, including “Graff: The Art and Technique of Graffiti,” “Graff 2: Next Level Graffiti Techniques,” “Graff: Color Workbook” and “Colormaster.”

Minneapolis, MN

Wundr is populating the space we live in with his playful, mischievous and always evolving illustrations. The characters he creates are not meant to represent any specific individual, but are stitched together from pieces of all of us. Wundr is currently producing artwork in multiple mediums, including murals, illustration, toys and fine art. Influenced by traditional graffiti, cartoons and comics, Wundr’s work provides a fresh take on designing characters that are constantly creeping into our known habitat.

Austin Red Dog
Austin Red Dog

Austin Red Dog was born and raised on Cheyenne River amongst strong cultural influences. Austin is currently employed as the New Hope Therapeutic Garden Coordinator which provides cultural activities and therapy through the connection that happens between human interactions with the earth and caring of plants. Culture has been a strong influence on Mr. Red dogs life as he has been involved with most aspects of Lakota culture since a very young age such as; Language advocate, traditional singer/drummer, traditional dancer, and has plans to start a 501(c)3 Non – Profit organization that is dedicated to promoting culture all year round. This will serve the community of Cheyenne River to maintain and reinforce cultural identity through various activities for example; Drum making, singing practice, horseback riding, language classes (beginners/advanced), round dances, storytelling, hand games, traditional games, and activities. He is currently the Chairman of the Old Agency Committee which provides an annual powwow during Christmas break for the children and the community of Cheyenne River. Austin is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Business Management with the plan to utilize his education to successfully start and operate the Non-profit organization.

You can reach Austin through email at Yahoo or facebook page The New Hope Shelter and Garden.

Hector Curriel
Hector Curriel

Hector Curriel was born in Lima, Peru, and his passion for the arts started when he was very little. He studied architecture in Lima, Peru. In 2001, he moved to the United States, and studied art at Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, MN.
In 2005, he moved to Sioux Falls, SD where he started to work as a freelance artist, working initially as a political cartoonist for different newspapers around of the States.

He has held several positions as a book illustrator, and fine artist as well.

His artwork has been part of many art exhibits and collections for different places such as hospitals colleges and libraries.

He is also an accomplished school presenter and holds frequent art residence workshops. He is member of the National Cartoonists Society and member of the Artists in residence Program for the South Dakota Art Council.

Jenny Manzel
Jenny Manzel

Aberdeen area graphic and fine artist Jenny Menzel aims to build up South Dakota schools and community organizations by teaching students, staff members and community members how to use basic and affordable everyday supplies and computer programs to create effective marketing materials to promote their ideas, causes, events or even themselves.


During her residency, Jenny will work with students, teachers and/or community members on a project of their choice that can include drawing, painting, photography or graphic design lessons. Jenny’s expertise is in branding identity, which involves being creative and diverse in modality.

Step by step, Jenny will use the custom event or project of choice as an example to take students and/or community staff from concept to completion. She will educate on basic design principles, different advertising avenues and how to refine your message into a simple and meaningful visual product.

Learn how to identify and understand your target market, create clear messages that will capture your audience, and construct clever posters, flyers, social media advertisements, business cards, YouTube videos and other promotional materials that will attract interest and obtain your objectives, all within an affordable budget.

Teaching students how to use visual communication tools to promote an event leads them with ideas and imagination to promote themselves creatively and effectively, giving them the confidence to put their best face forward in their school and community.

Past residencies have included:
• Photography lessons
• How to draw
• Business cards
• Designing an effective slideshow
• Designing graduation invites
• Designing thank you cards
• Logo design
• Video production
• Using color to communicate
• T-shirt design

“Communication is an art. Art is communication.”

Grade levels: Pre-K-12
Graphic Designer, Portrait Artist

Contact: Jenny Menzel
Phone: 605-646-3278


Classes and Workshops

The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute 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 the Classes and Workshops offered.

Lakota Arts Fellowship

The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute has launched a 9-month fellowship program. This opportunity is for teens who have indicated they are considering pursuing a career in the arts. Learn more about the Lakota Arts Fellowship.


The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts and Culture Institute instructors include both national and local/traditional artists. Learn more about the instructors.

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. Learn more about the Art Park.

RedCan Graffiti Jam

Graffiti jams were designed to introduce graffiti as an art form, bringing together people who exemplify the contemporary graffiti art movement and how it has evolved since its inception a half century ago. In the case of RedCan, not only are artists showcasing a global movement, its relevance and how to be part of it, they’re connecting the graffiti world with the indigenous one, allowing Lakota artists to infuse graffiti with their own culture, identities and stories. Learn more about the RedCan Graffiti Jam.