In the second year of the Global Pandemic – 2021 surprised us in many ways! The year has seen dramatic shifts in the way we have worked with our students from the entirely online early Winter months, through the uncertainty and hopefulness of Spring, to the embrace of new in-person programming approaches in Summer, to our largest School Arts Program launch in Fall: 2021 has been a year full of swiftly-changing circumstances. And we have been there every step of the way providing arts education and resources for kids to express themselves as they navigate these rapidly changing and uncertain times.
We started the year off with our Monthly online Hoye Wayelo Arts Academies and with the totally remote 2020-2021 School Arts Program. By Spring we started meeting with schools, community leaders, and Tribal officials to figure out if in-person programs would be at all possible or safe for the Summer. We finally came up with a plan to serve hundreds of kids with in-person and remote learning through our Summer Arts programming.
We travelled to schools and community programs across Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations with our Art Days and pop-up programs.
Our Hoye Wayelo Black Hills Summer Arts Academy was a beautiful reminder of the healing power of art!
Check out more on our summer programs here: https://mitakuyefoundation.com/summer-arts-2021-is-a-wrap/
We were able to expand our Hoye Wayelo School Arts Program for the 2021-2022 school year. Building on what we had created in 2020-2021, we were ale to deliver art supplies to 1,800 students on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations and we recorded a whole new series of lessons for students to follow both in the classroom and remotely for students who were still in an online format.
Check out more on our School Arts Program here: https://mitakuyefoundation.com/school-arts-2020-2021/
We were thrilled to be able to restart our Creators Club programs. Our Fall Art Contest theme was Freedom!
We ended the year off with our Winter Toy Drive and were able to get over 600 creative and educational toys to kids across Pine Ridge and Rosebud.
We are already looking ahead to the new year! We hope you will help us reach even more kids with the healing power of art in 2022!
Your tax deductible, end-of-year donations can be made here: https://mitakuyefoundation.com/donate/