The Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts Institute

Cheyenne River Youth Project

Funding Received: 2016
Eagle Butte, SD
Funding Period: 3 years and 5 months

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 new graffiti art park. CRYP will expand its arts programming and make optimal use of its spaces by creating a Lakota Youth Arts Institute. Classes taught by local and regional Native and non-Native artists will include fine art, Lakota art, graffiti art, media and performance art, among others including artist entrepreneurship.  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


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Oct 17, 2019
Julie Garreau knew something was missing from her hometown of Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The closest movie theater or bowling alley was over an hour... Read More
Apr 24, 2019
Cheyenne River Youth Project has offered teen internships in Native Wellness, Native Food Sovereignty, Social Enterprise, and the Arts for several years; Indigenous Cooking recently... Read More
Dec 10, 2018
This October and November, the Cheyenne River Youth Project hosted five 15-hour Lakota Culture Camps through its new Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts... Read More
Jan 21, 2017
A nonprofit that for almost three decades has provided youth programs on South Dakota's Cheyenne River Indian Reservation is establishing a formal arts institute this... Read More
We asked a few of our favorite organizations who work with Native American and Indigenous communities to share the creative placemaking opportunities, funding sources, and...Read more
RedCan is a ‘graffiti jam’ spearheaded by the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) a local, grassroots nonprofit with a mission to provide indigenous youth “access...Read more