Lakota Arts Fellowship

The CRYP Lakota Arts Fellowship is a 9-month Fellowship Program within our Waniyeto Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. 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.

The 9-month program provides a mentor, trips and opportunities to expand their art skills in a variety of disciplines, including graffiti art, digital arts, traditional arts, sculpture, stenciling, graphic arts, screen printing and more.

Fellows learn the business side of art with classes that include public speaking, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and merchandising.

The impact of public art, discovering how art can foster healing in communities and how youth leadership can make a difference in those communities are explored as well.

Teens are encouraged to apply using the form below or by visiting CRYP in-person.


Apply for the 2021-2022 Arts Fellowship

Meet the 2019-2020 Fellows

Roberta High Elk

Roberta High Elk’s relationship with art began in 4th grade, drawing frequently and with intent. Although art is her main passion, she has been heavily involved with many activities including band, volleyball, Destination Imagination, and cheerleading. Roberta has participated in several art internships at CRYP, as well as being a participating artist in multiple RedCan Graffiti Jams. Roberta will use the fellowship to explore the possibility of professional art sales and teaching. She hopes to make art that feels “monumental” to the viewer.

Emanual Semon

Emanual Semon, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has participated in multiple art internships. Emanual has had past experience in videography, photography, and other art mediums. He hopes to learn new art forms and techniques and how to best combine his interests with videography and illustrations to make a future career path for himself.

Kailey Carter

Kailey Carter was selected for the fellowship because of the skills she displayed previously in their art internship program. She started her journey with art when she was very young, always drawing whatever she found inspiration in. She was never taught how to draw, but learned by pictures and comparison. She was so interested in art and sketching, she would sometimes draw instead of work. “Now, I don’t have time to draw anymore in school, so that’s why I’m glad I’m in the art fellowship to further improve my art skills. I always wanted to go to art college so the fellowship helps me prepare for that, and to sell my artwork in the future which I’m grateful for.” says Kailey.


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.