Cultural Programs at Crazy Horse Memorial Make Dreams Come True For Native Artist

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
December 7, 2017
CUSTER, SD – In 2018, Native performers, artists, and culture bearers can make their dreams come true by applying for six exciting Cultural Programs at Crazy Horse Memorial, in Custer, SD, which include Performers, the Talking Circle Speaker’s Series, Artist in Residence Fellowships, Artist Marketplace, the Mentor/Mentee program, and the Gift from Mother Earth Native and Western Art Show and Sale. Applications for these programs can be found at on the Crazy Horse Memorial website. Please return application materials, by email, to: or send to Loni Manning, Cultural Programs Manager, 12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD, 57730-8900. The deadline for all Cultural Program applications is January 31, 2018, excepting the Mentor/Mentee program which has a rolling deadline.

Individual or group dancers, musicians, singers, and other performers are invited to apply. State or federally enrolled tribal members from North America, including Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, or First Nations of Canada, and Mexico are invited to apply. Performers are needed from May through September for daily performances and for other special events.

Talking Circle Speaker’s Series
Native artists, musicians, actors, historians, cultural bearers, writers, and educators are encouraged to share their cultural knowledge and skill with visitors at Crazy Horse Memorial, through a 40-60 minute presentation on a Thursday evenings from June through August.

Artists in Residence Fellowships
Another exciting program being offered is the Artist in Residence Fellowship program for Native artists, musicians, and writers. Artists in Residence Fellows can sell their art to thousands of visitors, while sharing their art and culture in a workshop or lecture to the public. Artists may apply for one of the four one-month sessions between June and September. The artist is required to be present at the museum a minimum of 120 hours for the month.

Artists Marketplace
We are looking for highly qualified Native American artists, 18 years or older, to sell their authentic and reasonably-priced artwork to thousands of international visitors each day. Applicants must be members of a federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or certified as an Indian artisan. Indigenous artists from outside the United States, are also encouraged to apply for one or more of the five summer sessions between May and September. Artists are required to be on site from 10:00am – 7:00pm, 5 days each work week, with at least one of those days being Saturday or Sunday. Booth space in the Artist’s Marketplace is FREE.

This is a great opportunity for selected Native high school and/or college students to work with respected Native artists or culture bearers. Mentors will work with mentees for 100 hours of one-on-one or one-on-three learning in Traditional Arts, Storytelling, or Studio Arts. Applicants must be residing in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin or be enrolled members of a state or federally recognized American Indian tribe from those states.

Art Show and Sale
The 28th annual Gifts from Mother Earth Native and Western Art Show and Sale juried competition will be held June 15, 16 and 17, 2018. The show is open to all artists, 18 years or older, working in a western or Native-inspired theme.
If you have any questions regarding the application or the review process, please call Loni Manning at 605-673-4681, X 286.

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