Connection and Opportunities Project

The purpose of the "Connections" component of the project is to encourage high school and college Native American students who are interested in a career in the arts by partnering them with mentors and organizations that can create opportunities for students by involving them in unique arts activities. The hope is that the students will experience a long and successful career in the arts, while sharing a Native American perspective through their work, and, in doing so, promoting an awareness of Native American culture and its rich contribution to the arts.

The purpose of the "Opportunities" component of the project is to support Native American artists by providing educational opportunities in the form of scholarships. These scholarships are for college students studying visual art, art education, and/or museum studies and are intended to provide financial support to Native American artists and cultural bearers through programs such as Artist in Residence, One Person Shows, and Summer Lecture and Performance Series. Also, as part of this component of the project, funds are available to artist and cultural bearers in the form of Continuing Education funding for workshops, conferences, and/or classes through which recipients can increase their skills, add to their marketing and sales knowledge, and/or learn how to more effectively manage their careers.

One Person Show

This program provides twelve artists each a one-month exhibition in order to market and sell their art in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® from January through December. This exhibition provides opportunity for the artist to connect to the many visitors that only the Crazy Horse Memorial can provide. Artists will be required to attend the opening reception held on the first Sunday of the month of the exhibition. For more information on the program and/or to apply, please click here.

Mentoring One to One

Native American students (high school and /or college) will be paired with experienced, respected Native artists and/ or culture bearers (mentors) for 100 hours of one-on-one learning in the following areas:

Traditional Art — for individuals interested in learning and continuing the practice of traditional Native American art, which may include, but not be limited to beading, quilling, hide tanning, making clothing and other culturally-specific objects.

Storytelling – for individuals interested in a valued way of passing on cultural traditions and beliefs, in particular for individuals who have the potential and desire to become culture bearers in families and communities.

Studio Art — for individuals interested in art mediums that may include but not be limited to painting, sculpture, and/or printmaking.

For more information on this program and/or to apply, please contact us.

Summer Lecture and Performance Series

Native Artists, historians, cultural bearers and/or performers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors to Crazy Horse Memorial through one-hour lectures or performances. Each Thursday evening from June – August, the program will provide an educational opportunity for visitors to learn and interact with the professional. For more information on the program and/or to apply, please click here

Continuing Education


Continuing Education Grants are designed to provide financial support to Native American artists who are committed to improving artistic skill and their careers. This grant provides professional development funds to support artists by providing funding to attend workshops, classes and/or conferences, or for purposes of marketing existing works to new audiences. Click here for more information on the program or to apply.

Artist in Residence


The program provides six artists a one-month residency in order to market and sell their art in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® from May through October. This residency provides opportunity for artists to connect to the many visitors that only the Crazy Horse Memorial can provide. For more information on the program and/or to apply, please click here


For more information and/or for applications for each program  contact Mary Bordeaux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Hillary Presecan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 605-673-4681 and ask to speak with Mary or Hillary.

  • “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

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 26-29
    2017

    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 26-Oct 1
    2017

    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: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 9
    2017

    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.