Published June 6, 2018
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — Artspace Projects announced today $150,000 in capital grant awards from the HRK Foundation, in support of the Oglala Lakota Artspace building on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. An LLC partnership among First Peoples Fund, Lakota Funds, and Artspace will develop the Oglala Lakota Artspace, creating space for Native artists to work and showcase their art within the Pine Ridge Reservation. HRK capital is provided from both the HRK and MAHADH Funds; with the latter made in memory of HRK trustee Martha Hulings Kaemmer.
The grant awards allowed the Oglala Lakota Artspace partners to set Sept. 27, 2018, as the date for the Ground Breaking Ceremony, with construction to immediately follow. The event will feature live performances, storytelling, food, and more, celebrating the first-ever center for artists on Pine Ridge. The building expands services provided by Rolling Rez Arts, a mobile arts and financial literacy vehicle. Over the last two years, the Rolling Rez has traveled more than 8,000 miles, reaching more than 500 people and providing nearly 50 art classes, business of art workshops, and banking across the vast Pine Ridge Reservation. Oglala Lakota Artspace will build on this work by providing a fixed location with studios, computers, classrooms, a gallery, and garage space for the Rolling Rez.
“The Artspace team deeply admires the level of artistry we have been fortunate to encounter on
the Pine Ridge Reservation,” said Kelley Lindquist, Artspace President. “I am grateful to the
HRK Foundation, which has emerged as a key partner in advancing the buildout of an artist
center so that these talented Native artists can access resources and exhibit their art.”
“HRK Foundation has been a partner to all three of our organizations, and has traveled to Pine
Ridge over the years. We are delighted that they have joined the capital campaign,” said Lori
Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund.
“We are proud to support this transformative project made possible by the collaboration of three
of our long-time partners: First Peoples Fund, Artspace, and Lakota Funds. We hope that others
will join us in learning about and supporting this important work,” said Julia Kaemmer, HRK
Foundation Board President.