Artist in Schools and Communities Residency Grant
Approved by South Dakota Arts Council
We are excited to announce that the our request for an Artist in Residency grant has been approved by the South Dakota Arts Council! This means that now we will only have to pay half of the artist's fee and the rest will be paid by the Art's Council.
The Allen Youth Center will host 4 weeks of Art Camp with renown Lakota artist, Randy Blaze of Cuny Table.
We invite participants, ages 10 to adult and all skill levels, from beginner to expert from across the Reservation who would like to be part of the fun. There is room for the first 100 applicants to attend.
ONE Spirit will provide the food and transportation for Lakota individuals who wish to participate in the camps.
The Art Camps will be held the last two weeks of June, 2018 and the first two weeks of July for a total of four weeks. The same person can attend all four weeks.
People attending the Camps will with work with multiple media such as drawing, painting, sculpture and pottery! ONE Spirit is purchasing a kiln to be housed at the Youth Center and used by the center and the Art Camps.
Interested in Attending?
Randall Blaze, of Oglala Lakota descent, grew up and graduated from high school in Montana. Then, he enlisted in the US Navy.
Blaze went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the University of Montana in 1977. He has received more than 80 national awards over three decades for his artwork. Blaze has participated in international exhibitions, and his work is represented in numerous public and private collections.
Today, the artist resides in South Dakota on the land of his ancestors. He finds it a peaceful place ... a land of beautiful sunrises and beautiful sunsets.
He has opened a gallery and art center fully equipped with studios for ceramics, metal smithing, painting and two-dimensional design. Oglala Art Center provides intercurriculum workshops for students K-12 and is available for continuing adult education. He also works with children through the artist-in-schools program for the South Dakota Arts Council.
"I travel to schools all over the state, although I am partial to working on the rez, as it allows me to come full circle with my life and heritage. I was taught the concepts and techniques of art by a generation before me, and I will pass that knowledge on to a generation after me.”
“I am creatively aware of the secret workings of nature and natural materials. Every medium manipulated by an artist has its own distinct and special nature. Creatively exploring variations in nature has been my motivation as an artist until 9-11.”
His post 9-11 pieces often portray the human spirit among chaos and destruction.
“Competition is a stimulating and positive aspect of my life. It is a way for me to endeavor to the best I am capable of being as an artist. It makes me think of the pride my Oglala ancestors would feel counting coup. It makes me feel like a modern day road warrior.” (http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8693)
Help with Funding
Even with the Grant we were awarded there will be expenses:
- feeding up to 100 children lunch daily for one month
- transporting participants to and from the center (children with a guardian's permission only)
- paying our half ($4,000) of the artist's fee
- purchasing a kiln.
Will you help make this happen?