2020 has been a challenging year – but we haven’t let that stop our mission to provide empowering and life affirming arts education and opportunities to Lakota kids! We have been working on our biggest project ever!
Our Hoye Wayelo (“ I Am Sending A Voice”) School Art Program launched this fall and has supplied over 1,200 students with Art Kits and online weekly art classes!
We had been working on plans to offer year-round arts programming for kids by partnering with reservation schools. Our plans included providing curriculum, training workshops, and art supplies to schools so teachers could have the support, means, and materials to provide regular art curriculum to their students. When it became clear that the pandemic was not subsiding – we knew that the in-class model was not going to be an option. So we made the ambitious leap to creating an online program that would provide individual art kits to students and filmed lessons that teachers could download and use with their students in their online teaching platforms. These lessons would also be available to use in the classroom when in-person teaching became an option again.
Our deepest thanks to Lo Sprague and the Sprague Family Foundation for making this possible!
We will share a Behind The Scenes look into the process soon. But in the meantime – please enjoy the short intro video to the program – illustrated by our student Nora Marshall – who is an 8th Grader at Loneman School in Oglala.