A black and white photograph of the exterior of the Oglala Lakota Artspace building in Kyle, SD. The focal point of the photo is a steel sculpture outside of the building that symbolizes Lakota Star Knowledge.

Rolling Rez Arts

Rolling Rez Arts is a state-of-the-art mobile arts space, business training center and bank in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which helps ensure that people all acoss the reservation can access essential services and connect with the community.

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Rolling Rez Arts Concept

Rolling Rez Arts was created in response to a market study by First Peoples Fund, Artspace, Colorado State University, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), and Northwest Area Foundation. The study explored challenges and successes experienced by Lakota artists on Pine Ridge and found that over half of Native households on Pine Ridge have home-based businesses, with 79% in the arts. It also found that 61% of emerging artists earn less than $10,000 per year, but participation in workshops and training, like those offered by the mobile art unit, can significantly increase their income.

Support for Rolling Rez Arts

Rolling Rez Arts was made possible through grants from ArtPlace America, The Bush Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, and USDA Rural Development, who partnered with First Peoples Fund to plan and conduct community outreach, and research. Artspace also received additional funding from The Ford Foundation.

Questions About rolling rez arts?

For any inquiries about the Rolling Rez Arts Program, reach out to us at programs@firstpeoplesfund.org

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