Published April 8, 2016
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA—The organizing committee for Native POP: People of the Plains, a Gathering of Arts and Culture have teamed up with the Rapid City Arts Council to produce the annual Native art market and cultural celebration. Rapid City Arts Council (RCAC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and one of the oldest art councils in South Dakota, takes on the responsibilities of event coordination and fiscal sponsor.
Peter Strong, Native POP committee chair, is enthusiastic for the possibilities. He states, “We believe that we have found a strong community partner with a long track record in producing arts events. We share core goals of promoting Native arts and cultures, encouraging intercultural dialogue, and also strengthening and building community. The committee looks forward to continuing to build our national-caliber showcase of Native arts and cultures from the Great Plains with the Rapid City Arts Council.”
This year marks the fourth year for the free and family-friendly annual event at Main Street Square in the heart of downtown Rapid City, South Dakota on the third weekend of July. Native POP is a one-day, juried Native American fine art show featuring original work by established and emerging Native visual artists with a focus on Great Plains culture. Native POP also features top Native performing artists as well as cultural demonstrations by tribal members such as regalia making, storytelling, and flute making.
“For the fourth year, Native POP celebrates the visual and performing arts of the People of the Plains, and the Rapid City Arts Council is honored to be invited to support the event as coordinator and fiscal sponsor,” said Pepper Massey, RCAC executive director. She elaborated, “We believe that the arts are a power tool, and that through art we can embrace our differences, similarities and our humanity. This partnership offers us the opportunity to both serve our mission and impact our community.” The RCAC’s mission is to bring art and people together to encourage diversity through dynamic partnerships that strengthen the communities we serve.
Native POP will hold a ticketed artist awards reception, with $17,000 in awards, in the Mark & Carolyn Mollers Cyclorama Mural Room and Galleries at the Dahl Arts Center on the Friday evening before the show. This year the Native POP art market will take place on July 16, 2016 from 10am-6pm; performances will run throughout the day and continue from 6pm-8pm.
Native POP’s mission is to encourage intercultural dialogue by sharing cultures from the tribal nations of the Great Plains through a juried Native American fine art show and cultural event in Rapid City, South Dakota.