Connection and Opportunities Project Article

February 07, 2015

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 mary.bordeaux@crazyhorse.org , Hillary Presecan at hillary.presecan@crazyhorse.org, or call 605-673-4681 and ask to speak with Mary or Hillary.