Arts & Culture

Chicago artist Kaye Buchman calls her show "Big Wild." The exhibit opened on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. It features huge sheets of white paper covered with designs drawn with a fine ink pen. Also included are several tiny, bright mixed-media paintings and a triptych, or three-panel painting, built with layers of pigment.

The artist tells SDPB's Victoria Wicks that these works, from the simple to the complicated, are connected by their natural energy.

The exhibit is on display at the Dahl through March 4, 2017.

Courtesy Masayuki Nagase

The fourth year of work on the “Passage of Wind and Water” sculpture has come to a close. The largest privately funded public art project in the country is located at the heart of Rapid City’s Main Street Square. We visited with the artist responsible for the massive granite sculpture to discuss what he’s accomplished and what lies ahead in the project’s final year.

Courtesy Red Cloud Heritage Center

An art exhibit that explores how horses have shaped the history, spirituality, and culture of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people is being presented at the Red Cloud Indian School’s Heritage Center. The exhibit features more than 80 works including paintings, sculpture and beadwork. 

Keith Brave Heart says the idea for the “Horse Nation of the Oceti Sakowin” art exhibit began with his film “We Are a Horse Nation”. He says that project began with the elders.

Courtesy Matthews Opera House

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center has been selected to receive a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant. The $200,000 award will assist the century-old Spearfish landmark to centralize arts within the community. 

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center encompasses an historic opera house, a Main Street arts center for local artists and the annual Spearfish Festival in the Park.

But executive director Sian Young points out that people shouldn’t be turned off by the historic theatre’s name.

Lakota Audio Artifacts Returned To Oglala

Oct 13, 2016
Courtesy Arlo Iron Cloud

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts was in South Dakota over the holiday weekend. Jane Chu visited the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Black Hills Pow Wow and took part in two ceremonies that acknowledged Native American cultures – past and present. SDPB’s Jim Kent has the story.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu was in the Black Hills on a twofold mission. First was the repatriation of Oglala Lakota cultural audio artifacts from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to Oglala Lakota College.

Courtesy First Peoples Fund

First Peoples Fund is presenting its 2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards in Rapid City this weekend. The award is given to Native Americans who have positively impacted their communities. Among this year’s recipients is a husband and wife team who live in Montana…Lynette Two Bulls and Phillip Whiteman, Jr.  

SDPB’s Jim Kent traveled to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to visit the couple.  He has this story.

Brooklyn Jazz Trumpeter Plays In Brookings

Oct 5, 2016
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Pablo Masis was studying to be an orchestral musician when he heard jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton playing in Chicago. The experience changed his life. He switched musical direction and dedicated himself to jazz. He moved to New Orleans where he studied with Terence Blanchard and received a master's degree in jazz studies. He spent some time playing in Omaha where he recorded his first album in 2008. The next year he moved to New York City.

First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Awards

Sep 22, 2016
Courtesy First Peoples Fund

The First Peoples Fund is preparing to present the 2016 Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards in Rapid City next month. These monetary incentives are designed to provide support and a voice to creative Indigenous artists and culture bearers nationwide.

The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards were named after the founder of First People’s Fund.

Spokesperson Lori Pourier says the awards and their recipients are at the heart of the group’s programs.

Photo by Jim Kent

Members of the Barefoot Dance Studio in Rapid City are teaming up with other artists to teach the public about some of the First Ladies of the United States. “The First Ladies Performing Arts Walking Tour” takes place in downtown Rapid City tonight at select statues of the presidents.  The project has goals of both education and entertainment.

Shapeera Good Star is an instructor at the Barefoot Dance Studio. She says this year’s Team Camp summer group project was named by the girls involved.

Courtesy Cannupa Hanska Luger

Two Lakota people are among this year’s recipients of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s National Artist Fellowships. Sixteen artists in 5 categories are selected for the honor each year from the Alaska Native, American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation supports the vision, creativity and innovation of Native artists in a variety of disciplines.

Photo by Karlee Moore

The artist working on the sculpture called “Passage of Wind and Water” at Rapid City’s Main Street Square started the fourth year of his five-year project.

Children are running though water sprinklers at Main Street Square at 10 o’clock on a Friday morning. It’s about to be another very warm summer day in western South Dakota. It's here I meet Masayuki Nagase at his “home-away-from-home” since 2013.

I welcome Yuki Nagase to Rapid City and ask how many stone he plans to work on this year.

Kaitlyn Wayman-Dodd

Artists from as far away as India are on the Pine Ridge Reservation as part of a 2-week program to teach Lakota youth alternative ways to express themselves. The initiative is intended as a way to combat the continuing suicide epidemic that has plagued one of the country’s poorest areas.

The Mitakupi – or “My People” Foundation – is hosting the "I am Sending a Voice" Summer Arts program. Organizers say the goal is to help lift Lakota youth out of the daily task of survival.

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Lakota youth are taking part in the 500-Mile Sacred Hoop Run around the Black Hills this week. The annual event aims to reconnect the youth with their culture, land and history. We caught up with runners on a windy road in Wyoming and filed this report.

 As Darrin Smith takes the helm of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, he inherits a thriving arts community with a reputation for success as well as a history tinged with community skepticism. We’ll talk about Smith’s vision for the Pavilion, his quest to freshen its offerings for a new generation, and the opportunities and challenges of public and private funding. 

Photo by ​Mikayla St. Pierre

High school seniors are packing away their prom dresses and their suits and storing their memories of when they danced to their favorite music with their best date and spent a night on the town “dressed to the nines”.  But SDPB’s Jim Kent reports from a different kind of prom in the northern Black Hills, where the “seniors” aren’t in high school anymore.

It’s a nasty Spring day outside in downtown Lead. Brisk winds, temperature dropping and light rain just turning to snow. But inside the Homestake Opera House…

Courtesy Red Cloud School

The Red Cloud Heritage Center’s “Our Community Story” project has ended with screenings of students’ interviews of elders, artists and professionals from the Pine Ridge Reservation. We  visited with Lakota parents to see what they thought about the months’ long school assignment and its benefits to their children.

Mitakupi Foundation Presents Art Awards

May 7, 2016
Courtesy Mitakupi Foundation

Representatives from a non-profit group focused on reducing suicides on the Pine Ridge Reservation are in South Dakota this week. The group is handing out awards for its monthly art competition for Lakota youth this week.

The Mitakupi - or “my people” - Foundation was created in 2011 by Jennifer Jessum – an artist, producer, director and educator - after she witnessed the Pine Ridge Reservation’s suicide epidemic.

Courtesy Herb Ryan – Custer Free Press

Fourth grade students from the Pine Ridge Reservation’s Rockyford School are part of program called – “South Dakota's National Park Treasurers: Through the Voices of Our Youth.” Working with a Native American songwriter, the children helped compose songs about their visits to Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks. We attended the students’ performance of their songs.

Redlin Art Center

Terry Redlin, a renowned South Dakota artist, died on Sunday night at age 78.   Redlin retired from painting nine years ago. He died in a Watertown care center after a long-term battle with dementia.

Redlin is known for his oil paintings of wildlife and outdoor scenes. The Redlin Art Center in Watertown features his original work. 

Julie Ranum is the Executive Director of the Redlin Art Center. She says Redlin became an artist thanks to a college scholarship.   

Pine Ridge Students Develop Film Project

Apr 12, 2016
Courtesy Red Cloud School

Students from two Pine Ridge Reservation schools are taking part in a film project aimed at exploring and preserving Lakota storytelling as a sacred form of communication.

Lakota elders have used oral tradition – or storytelling – to pass on the history and culture of their people for thousands of years.

With support from the Better Way Foundation and the Indian Mission School Network, fourth-graders from the Red Cloud and Our Lady of Lourdes Schools launched the “Our Community Story” project.

Photo by Jim Kent

Native American poet Tanaya Winder visited the Pine Ridge Reservation’s Red Cloud School recently to share her work and to hear the poetry of Lakota students.

Having the opportunity to voice her spoken-word poetry for the Lakota youth is as much of an inspiration for Winder as it is for the Lakota students to hear the  poems of A celebrated Native American role model.

Jazz Singer Cyrille Aimee Comes To Sioux Falls

Mar 2, 2016

Over the past couple years Cyrille Aimee’s reputation as one of today’s finest jazz singers has been steadily growing. She’s just released a new album, Let’s Get Lost. It’s receiving positive reviews and finds the 31-year-old singer on the brink of major success. Aimee is currently on tour in support of the album and performs at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls Friday evening at 8:00 for the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society concert series.

Lakota Filmmakers At Sundance Film Festival

Jan 27, 2016
Courtesy Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute’s annual film festival takes place in Park City, Utah this week. Among the hundreds of filmmakers in attendance are a Lakota documentary producer and a Lakota screenwriter. A visit with both examined the benefits of being part of the Sundance Institute while pursuing a career in films as a Native American.

Jesse Short Bull’s interest in filmmaking was sparked in 2006 when he attended his first film festival in Rapid City.

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center

Potato Creek Johnny is featured in this week's Images of the Past.  Jessica Michak, Archivist with the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center shares the story behind the legend.

Courtesy Kevin Pourier

A Lakota artist from the Pine Ridge Reservation is in New York City today to take part in the 2015 Native Art Market. The prestigious gathering brings together Native American artists from North, South and Central America at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center.

SDPB’s Jim Kent spoke to the artist and has this report.

Courtesy Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries

The 25th anniversary of the film “Dances With Wolves” is being celebrated in Rapid City this holiday weekend with day-long showings of the classic Western at Prairie Edge Trading Company and Galleries.

SDPB’s Jim Kent visited with some of those involved in the event and has this report.

Historic Homestake Opera House

Historic Homestake Opera House is the focus of this week's Images of the Past segment. Sarah Carlson discusses the history of the Opera House and the restoration after the 1984 fire.

Lakota Artist Receives Regional Fellowship

Nov 20, 2015
Courtesy Dyani White Hawk

A Lakota woman with ties to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation is one of 7 recipients of the 2015 Regional Artist Fellowship. Awarded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the annual grant recognizes American Indian emerging artists moving into an established career in their area of talent, knowledge and expertise. SDPB’s Jim Kent has more…

Siouxland Heritage Museums

The Rebecca Goodwin bonnet is the oldest artifact at the Siouxland heritage museums. Goodwin was the first white woman in Sioux Falls. Bill Hoskins, Director, Siouxland Heritage Museums, joins Dakota Midday to tell the story of the Goodwin bonnet.

1881 Courthouse Museum

Gary Enright, director of the 1881 Courthouse Museum.  The new “Images of the Past” release is about the Flick Cabin in Custer.  It was built in 1876 and is the oldest known still-standing structure in the Black Hills.

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