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Visionary placemaking in Lakota Nation

August 25, 2017

By: Justin Chotikul

The Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) manages two youth centers on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation that have underutilized art space as well as a graffiti art park. Classes taught by local and regional Native and non-Native artists include fine art, Lakota art, graffiti art, and media. The Lakota Youth Arts Institute is an investment in the future of the Cheyenne River youth and community by ensuring they have consistent access to the education and training that will deepen and strengthen their connection to Lakota art and culture, the community’s greatest asset. Each year, for the past 4 years they have hosted the amazing RedCan Jam. This ‘Graffiti Jam’ is the proving ground for the latest experiment in creative placemaking, a burgeoning discipline examining how arts and culture can help achieve community outcomes, especially when artists are embedded in the planning process. Our roving reporter Justin Chokitul visited RedCan, hung out with the community and artists and took these amazing photographs. 

Learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and RedCan here.

An upcoming version of this story will appear in the next issue of Forecast Public Art’s beautiful glossy magazine Public Art Review