Native POP: People of the Plains - A Gathering of Arts and Culture, a Native art market and cultural celebration, is a free annual event in the heart of downtown Rapid City, South Dakota the third weekend of July at Main Street Square. Native POP features original work by approximately 50 established and emerging Great Plains Native visual artists and performing artists as well as tribal culture bearers demonstrating regalia making, storytelling, and flute making.
Native POP: People of the Plains - A Gathering of Arts and Culture is a Native art market and cultural celebration and is a free annual event in the heart of downtown Rapid City, South Dakota the third weekend of July at Main Street Square. Native POP features original fine art by approximately 50 established and emerging Great Plains Native visual artists and performing artists as well as demonstrations by tribal members of traditional and contemporary arts such as regalia making, storytelling, and flute making. A ticketed artists' awards reception with $17,000 in awards is held on Friday evening.
To share cultures from the tribes of the Great Plains and further intercultural dialogue by organizing a successful Native art and cultural event in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Provide educational information about Native Great Plains art and cultures
Provide an open intercultural environment
Promote and engage Native artists
Create market for Great Plains Native art
Share art and culture
Break stereotypes, create positive personal interactions
- Create opportunities for collectors and attract tourists to the region
Native POP grew out of The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water, and sculptor Masayuki Nagase's themes of community hope and transformation. Inspired by Nagase’s themes, Native POP’s organizing committee set out to create the first Native-focused event at Main Street Square in 2013, aspiring to bring recognition and appreciation to the historic and cultural value of Great Plains Native artists, creators and makers. The Sculpture Project is a 21-piece granite on-site work of public art-in-the-making around two sides of Main Street Square. The Square is a downtown public space featuring special events, arts and culture, live concerts, seasonal ice-skating and interactive fountains that draws 500,000-plus people annually.
Native POP is a volunteer-led project. The organizing committee partners with Main Street Square and Rapid City Arts Council for event coordination and fiscal sponsorship. Native POP's organizing committee includes strong community leaders who bring considerable knowledge and influence to the table. They are Native and non-Native, artists and arts professionals, and span a wide range of ages. This diverse leadership results in planning and implementation that is inclusive of large portions of the Rapid City area.
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