Oglala Lakota artspace is a multifaceted arts facility developed to nurture and support the indigenous arts ecosystem of Pine Ridge.
Currently under construction in Kyle, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala Lakota Artspace will nurture the development of a sustainable and vibrant reservation-based creative economy by serving as a culturally appropriate Native arts center and arts-based business incubator.
The facility will be a Native run program administered by Oglala Lakota Artspace LLC, a partnership between Artspace, Lakota Funds and First Peoples Fund. Oglala Lakota Artspace LLC will partner with local artists to provide artistic, business, and financial services to Native artists across the Pine Ridge reservation.
The 8,500 square foot facility will feature:
Film Editing Studio
Community Gathering Space
Lakota Federal Credit Union Storefront
A garage for the Rolling Rez Arts bus
A homebase for First Peoples Fund’s spoken word youth program, Dances with Words
The building was designed by Encompass Architects, whose co-founder and president, Tammy Eagle Bull (Oglala Lakota) is the first Native woman architect and 2018 American Institute of Architects award recipient. Lakota star knowledge informed the design of the building, making it a building that not only will serve the artistry of the local community, but reflect it as well.