AUGUST 2020 NEWS
TUNE INTO REDCAN 2020 LIVE
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, AUG. 12-15
RedCan 2020 is almost here. CRYP’s 6th annual, award-winning invitational graffiti jam is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 12-15, and the nonprofit youth organization confirmed today that it will incorporate both virtual and in-person elements. 

Thanks to innovative online broadcasting tools and engineering, CRYP will be able to share the excitement and magic of RedCan with audiences around the world. Audiences will be 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.”

Throughout the week, RedCan online broadcasts also will incorporate 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.

Then, of course, there are the artists. RedCan 2020 will feature 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 will formally unveil the final murals in a special closing broadcast on Saturday evening, Aug. 15.

IN-PERSON YOUTH ART WORKSHOPS ALSO WILL BE PART OF REDCAN 2020
At its heart, RedCan is — and has always been — about offering opportunities and mentorship for our kids. During RedCan 2020, not only are select artists offering remote-learning art activities for young people, CRYP is again partnering with First Peoples’ Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts to provide Cheyenne River youth with in-person art workshops. On Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., Wade Patton will teach oil pastels; on Thursday, Aug. 13, Micheal Two Bulls will teach photo transfer printmaking; and on Friday, Aug. 14, Gus Yellow Hair will teach miniature shield making. 

Viewers also may join the RedCan Classroom at 3 p.m. each day.

“We’re excited about this, because audiences will be able to experience the creativity, learning and fun in real time,” said Tyler Read, CRYP’s youth arts director. “The workshops are open to Cheyenne River youth of all ages, but to keep class sizes within Covid-19 health guidelines, we are asking all participants to make reservations to secure their places. If you are interested in reserving a spot, please call the CRYP campus at (605) 964-8200.”

CRYP KEEPS TEENS ENGAGED WITH CREATIVE SUMMER CLASSES AT COKATA WICONI
Due to the number of novel coronavirus cases on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, CRYP stopped all on-site youth programs in early July, including teen internships. In an abundance of caution, the nonprofit youth organization ensured that all of its staff would be tested for Covid-19 the same week.

Fortunately, all staff members’ test results came back negative, and by the end of last month, CRYP resumed its Native Food Sovereignty teen internship and began recruiting for the next cohort of Art interns.

In addition, CRYP has been arranging a series of summer youth art camps: all-natural medicines with Julia Williams, which included sanitizer and DIY all-purpose cleaner, on July 28-30; soap-making with Dawnee LeBeau on Aug. 3-5; storytelling and beading with husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Collins Fields on Aug. 4-6; and moccasin-making with Jozee Campos at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18-20.

CRYP SEEKS FULL-TIME YOUTH ARTS DIRECTOR
CRYP is seeking a full-time youth arts director to oversee programming at its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. The new director will take over from Tyler Read, who has been in the role since 2019.

In the last 12 months, Read has shepherded Waniyetu Wowapi through several cohorts of teen art internships, the inaugural Lakota Art Fellowship, and a wide variety of art-related classes, camps and contests. In addition, he has been leading the CRYP team responsible for bringing the award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam to life once again — no small task during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute is a multidisciplinary, community-based arts initiative that seeks to strengthen the connection of Lakota youth and the Cheyenne River community to traditional culture and life ways through art. It incorporates the teen art internship program, the Lakota Art Fellowship, community classes and events, the annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam, and the groundbreaking Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, which is open free to the public. 

WELCOME TO OUR ONLINE KEYA GIFT SHOP
CRYP is proud to make select items from the Keya (Turtle) Gift Shop available online, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization's youth programming and family services.

By supporting the Keya Gift Shop, you're also supporting local artists and craftspeople; our youth artists, who are learning how their creative passions might translate to possible career opportunities; and our teen interns, who work in our gift shop every day, developing valuable skills in customer service, financial literacy and business management.
SUMMER SPECIAL
Save 10% on CRYP Water Bottles!
GET INVOLVED
VOLUNTEER
While our volunteer program is suspended for the duration of the Covid-19 public health crisis, we are continuing to accept applications, and we look forward to welcoming you to our CRYP campus!
 
If you are interested in applying for our volunteer program, please click here to learn more. And to meet a few of our former volunteers, check out our Volunteer Spotlight.
SUPPORT CRYP
WE NEED YOU!
There are so many ways to support CRYP and our ongoing mission in the Cheyenne River community. If you wish to make a donation, please click here, and you may earmark your contribution for the program or initiative that resonates most with you.

You'll also learn more about planned giving, CRYP's endowment fund, and a special GoFundMe charity that benefits our organization.

Also, what if CRYP earned a donation every time you searched the Internet or made an online purchase? Click here to learn how you can support our nonprofit, grassroots youth organization through AmazonSmile, Capital One, GoodSearch, and GoodShop. It's easy to set up, and with every purchase, a percentage will benefit CRYP.
SPONSOR ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR CRYP YOUTH
CRYP is always looking for sponsors to support art and athletic enrichment activities for our after-school and summer programs. We're deeply grateful for both monetary and in-kind donations; at the link below, you'll also find details about planned giving, our endowment fund, and a GoFundMe charity that benefits CRYP.


IN-KIND DONATIONS
CRYP relies on in-kind donations as well as funding to continue our mission in the Cheyenne River community. If you'd like to help, please click here and scroll down to "In Kind Donations," where you'll find links to our Amazon wish list. 

You also may contact us at (605) 964-8200 if you'd like a copy of our most up-to-date list, as well as and price quotes for particular needs. Thank you for your support!
SPONSOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY
Main Birthday Party 1
Each month, we host a birthday party for children at The Main whose birthdays fall during that month. To offset the cost of each party, CRYP seeks monthly sponsors to contribute $40 for the birthday cake. Although we cannot host our parties currently due to the Covid crisis, we are maintaining our birthday party fund for when our kids can come back. Please click here, select "The Main" for your gift, and mention "Birthday Cake" in the notes. Philámayeye!
CONNECT WITH CRYP
To learn more about CRYP and its programs, call (605) 964-8200 or visit www.lakotayouth.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on social media.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Visit us at www.lakotayouth.org.