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512 Main St, Ste 980
Rapid City, SD

605.394.4101 ext 212

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.

Important Application Information



In accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, participation in the Gathering is only open to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, with preference given to artists from Great Plains Tribes



Entries in this division will fit the definition: something added to make a person or object more attractive. Items may include (but are not limited to) jewelry, clothing, regalia.


Entries in this division may include (but are not limited to) painting, printmaking, ledger art, mixed-media.


Entries in this division may include (but are not limited to) sculpture, beadwork (e.g. dolls), quillwork, ceramics, carvings, utilitarian.


Entries in this division include artists who take risks and embrace challenges; whose developing voices reveal significant potential; who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production; who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. (Source: Jerome Foundation)

PRIZES & Awards

Best of Show     $2500

Best of Division     $1000 (3)

Best of Emerging     $1000

Division Prizes     $500 (5 each division)

Emerging Prizes     $500 (3)

Innovation     $500

Publicity     $500

People’s Choice*     $500

*Voted on Saturday and announced at concert.


A single booth space measures 10’ x 10’. You may reserve more than one space. Booth space includes display and storage, which cannot extend beyond assigned tent space. The exhibitor’s booth must be open and staffed during all festival hours. Please note that artists must be present at their booths, with the exception of breaks. Exhibitors will be notified by email when they get their specific space assignment. Space assignments are not negotiable. 


Accepted artists may select to share a booth space. Designation will be made on final acceptance form.


Exhibitors must provide their own tables and chairs and 10’ x 10’ tent. Rental of these items is available through Native POP and Main Street Square while supplies last. Exhibitors applying for a booth space with electricity are responsible for bringing their own 100-foot, heavy-duty, three-wire extension cord. Exhibitors must be prepared for sun, wind, hail, rain, and/or other weather conditions and are responsible for making their tents sturdy against the elements by using items such as weights and/or sandbags. Tie-downs are not allowed.


Although having quality insurance should be a concern for every artist and the festival assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss, theft or damage, an insurance certificate is not required to participate in Native POP. 


In the case of severe weather, exhibitor booth fees remain non-refundable. 


Exhibitors must adhere to State of South Dakota sales tax guidelines. Native POP will distribute Department of Revenue worksheets to exhibitors at the event. The exhibitor is responsible for filling out the report and returning it to the local Department of Revenue. 


The fee for each 10’ x 10’ booth space is $150. There is no application fee. Upon acceptance to the show, exhibitors will be notified and must then submit booth fee by May 15, 2017. There are no refunds for cancellations. Additional rental items and lunches may be ordered. Please refer to application for pricing. All prices include 6.5% sales tax.


Set-up begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, July 15. Exhibitors should first check in at the Registration Booth. Additional load-in instructions will be provided through email one week prior to the festival. Vendor hospitality includes two complimentary lunches, water, and breaks throughout the day. There is also convenient, free parking next to the venue. Main Street Square has a secure wireless network. 


Native POP reserves the right to photograph any or all artists and their works submitted for the juried awards exhibit and art market, for publicity.


February 15, 2017: Applications Due

April 3, 2016: Artist Notification

May 15, 2017: Registration Deadline

July 14, 2017: Awards Social \\ 5 - 8pm

July 15, 2017: Art Market \\ 9am - 6pm

July 15, 2017: Concert \\ 6 - 8pm


Please contact us at or call Katie Adkins at 605.394.4101 ext 212.