New Museum Programs

The Connection and Opportunities project has two components:
The purpose of the Connections portion of the project is to encourage high school and college Native students interested in a career in the art by partnering them with mentors and organizations that can make valuable experience available to students by involving them in arts activities. The hope is that they will have a long and successful career in the arts providing a Native perspective throughout their careers while prompting an awareness of Native culture and its rich contributions to the arts.
The purpose of the Opportunities portion of the project is to support Native American artists by providing educational opportunities in the form of scholarships for college students studying visual art, art education or museum studies; supporting native artists and cultural bearers economically through Artist in Residence, One Person Shows and Lecture and Performance series and by granting funds for Continuing Education in the form of workshops, conferences or classes they can increase their artists skills, add to their marketing and sales knowledge and learn how to effectively manage their careers.

Each of the artist programs are slated for artist that must be an enrolled in a federally recognized tribe from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Each program has their own selection criteria or eligibility and funding amount. I can be contacted as well as Hillary to receive the specific applications and the hope is to get them up online soon.
Mary Bordeaux, Museum Curator and Director of Cultural Affairs - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext 286
Hillary Presecan, Administrative Assistant – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ext 256

One Person Show
The program provides twelve artists each a one month exhibition, to market and sell, in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® from January through December, to a portion of the one million visitors we received each year. This exhibition provides time for the artist to connect to the many visitors that only the Crazy Horse Memorial can provide. Artist will be asked to attend the reception held on the first Sunday of the month of the exhibition.

Summer Lecture and Performance Series
Native Artists, historians, cultural bearers and / or performers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors of the Crazy Horse Memorial by offering a one hour lecture or performance. Each Thursday evening from June – August, the program will provide an educational opportunity for visitors to learn and interact with the professional.

Continuing Education
The Continuing Education Grants are designed to provide financial support to Native artists committed to improving artistic skill and their careers as artists. This grant provides funds to support artists by providing funding to attend workshops, classes and/or conferences, or for marketing their existing works to reach new geographic or social audiences. Other related ideas and purposes are welcomed.

Artist in Residence
The program provides six artists a one month residency, to market and sell their art, in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® from May through October, to a portion of the a million or more visitors who visit each year. This residency provides time for the artist to connect to the many visitors that only the Crazy Horse Memorial can provide.

  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681


Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 25-28

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 25-Sep 30

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here:
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 8

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.