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Native POP: People of the Plains - A Gathering of Arts and Culture is an annual celebration of Native American arts and culture at Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota every third weekend in July. Art, Performance, Culture, Community.

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Native POP: People of the Plains - A Gathering of Arts and Culture is an annual celebration of Native American art and culture at Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota every third weekend in July. Art, Performance, Culture, Community.

Application Deadline Approaching

Jessica Miller

Deadline is soon to participate in the 2nd Annual Great Plains Native art festival

The deadline is Sunday, March 30, for Native artists to participate in the Gathering of People, Wind and Water, an art market and cultural celebration of the people of the horse and buffalo nations on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Main Street Square.

 

The event reinterprets the traditional art market and recognizes the historic cultural value of Native artists, creators and makers. Artistic categories reflect the cultures of the Great Plains and the way art functions for the people.

 

“In an effort to recognize and stimulate all forms of creativity, we’ve added the opportunity for culture bearers to display and demonstrate their work without offering it for sale,” said Peter Strong, chairman of the Committee for the second annual Gathering of People, Wind and Water.

 

The 2014 event will revolve around the art market and include a Friday night opening event and juried awards with more than $16,000 in prizes; a variety of performances on Saturday with a concert after the market closes; demonstration tables allowing for culture bearers to publicly display their private work; and creative ways to support emerging artists.

 

Participation in the Gathering is open to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes only, with preference given to artists from Great Plains tribes in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. The cost is $75 per space that includes a 10-foot by 10-foot tent. Registration fees and applications are due on March 30. Lunch and water will be provided. No sales commission will be taken.

 

Artists may apply online here. Call 605-646-3090 or email nativeartsgathering@gmail.com for more information.

 

The first ever Gathering of People Wind and Water took place in August 2013 at Main Street Square. Main Street Square is a central gathering place in Downtown Rapid City that attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually.