RedCan

Watch the Hybrid Virtual /In-Person RedCan Graffiti Jam 2020 Mural Premier

The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 6th annual, award-winning invitational graffiti jam took place Aug. 12-15, 2020 with both virtual and in-person elements. 

Thanks to innovative online broadcasting tools and engineering, CRYP was able to share the excitement and magic of RedCan with audiences around the world through Facebook, YouTube, and on our home page. Audiences were able to watch live, artist-led discussions involving RedCan 2020 themes: “Changing the Narrative — the Power of Messaging Through Public Art,” “Remembering Your Medicines,” and “Powered by Our Ancestors — How Traditions Inspire Indigenous Artists.” You can watch the recorded broadcasts below.

Not only did select RedCan artists offer remote-learning art activities for young people, CRYP partnered with First Peoples’ Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts to provide Cheyenne River youth with in-person art workshops.

Throughout the week, RedCan online broadcasts also incorporated the original creations of DJ Micah. This talented Oglala Lakota hip-hop enthusiast and turn-tablist has performed at every RedCan since its 2015 inception.

RedCan 2020 featured East in Denver; Biafra, Wundr and Cyfi in Minneapolis-St. Paul; Hoka in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Dwayno Insano in Scottsdale, Arizona; 179 in Seattle; Sadat and Collins in Rapid City, South Dakota; and Wakinyan Chief and Unalee Howe in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. 

CRYP  formally unveiled the final murals in a closing broadcast on Saturday evening, Aug. 15, 2020 (video above). This final broadcast featured special guests, and a special performance from Midnight Express.

RedCan 2020 Broadcasts

Wednesday, August 12

RedCan Mini Documentary & Oil Pastels w/ Wade Patton

Opening Song and Prayer & Panel Discussion: “Changing The Narrative; The Power of Messaging Through Public Art”

Thursday, August 13

RedCan Mini Documentary & Photo Transfer/Printmaking w/ Micheal Two Bulls

Panel Discussion: “Remember Your Medicines; Keeping Our Body And Spirit Healthy Through Adverse Times”

Friday, August 14

RedCan Mini Documentary & Miniature Shields w/ Gus Yellow Hair

Panel Discussion: “Powered By Our Ancestors; Harnessing The Wisdom Of Our People To Empower Our Next Generation”

DJ Micah Presents: Virtual RedCan Mix 2020

Saturday, August 15

RedCan Mini Documentary & Skateboard Design with Our Youth @ Cheyenne River Youth Project & Live Painting w/ Unalee Howe

Live Mural Unveilings from 8 Cities with Scribe, East, Hoka, Chief, Sadat & collinsjordan, Una Howe, 179, and Biafra, Cyfi & Wundr with Grand Finale Guests,  Midnight Express at the St. Paul, Minnesota Mural Site!

Live Talking Circle with Julie Garreau, Executive Director, Cheyenne River Youth Project & Featured Artists

RedCan 2020 Mural Gallery

To see more photo galleries from  previous years, visit our RedCan Galleries page!

What Is a 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.

RedCan provides meaningful, lasting inspiration to our young people, who seek to explore their identities, find their own unique voices, and express themselves in a positive, healthy way. It also offers offers an unprecedented opportunity for the Cheyenne River community to experience what has become the largest art movement in the history of humankind.

Donate to RedCan

Hosting such a major event with acclaimed artists from around the world is no small task, and we need your support! Simply use the form below to make a donation to RedCan. All proceeds will be used to purchase artist supplies, food and beverages, and to help cover the artists’ travel expenses.

For more information, contact organizers at redcan.cryp@gmail.com. In the coming weeks, CRYP will share more details regarding planned activities and performances; until then, please feel free to check out our RedCan photo galleries to see images from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, RedCan documentaries, our lineup of featured artists, our special guests, our RedCan press releases, and more.  Get RedCan updates by signing up for our emails!

And keep an eye out for #RedCanRising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

  

EXPLORE REDCAN GRAFFITI JAM

RedCan Artists

Meet the artists participating in the current year’s graffiti jam.

RedCan Documentaries

Watch the RedCan documentaries.

RedCan Galleries

View all the RedCan galleries, from the beginning.

RedCan Special Guests

Meet the special guests participating in the current year’s graffiti jam.

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.

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.

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 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.