Cheyenne River Youth Project

Instructors

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. www.thecyphershop.com
Biafra Minneapolis, MN Biafra Inc. (pronounced bahy-ah-fruh or bee-ah-fruh) is an artist residing in the Twin Cities. He took his name in part from Jello Biafra from the band Dead Kennedys, the first band he got into that had content in their lyrics. His work is a visual retelling of stories that are apart of his life; much of it takes a critical look at "white" culture. Biafra is a multifaceted artist who uses a variety of mediums, including spray paint, screen printing, stencils, stickers and posters. As his work spreads across North America, he continues to work tirelessly to get his imagery out to the public. “My work is a reflection of the culture around me. I retell stories that I have experienced or been told through my illustrations and large-scale murals.” www.biafrainc.com
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.” www.sm-artgroup.com
Wundr, 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. www.wundr.org

EXPLORE WANIYETU WOWAPI LAKOTA YOUTH ARTS & CULTURE INSTITUTE


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.

Instructors

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 Spaces.

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.

 

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702 4th Street

P.O. Box 410

Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Phone: 1-605-964-8200

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