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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 Culture Bearer/Performer Application Information

2017 IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

CULTURE BEARERS

Culture bearers are individuals who pass on the traditions and lifeways of their people, or who carry ancestral knowledge and lifeways of generations before them. The purpose of the culture bearer is to share and demonstrate their cultural knowledge and artistry with Native POP visitors throughout the day. In recent years Native POP culture bearers have included traditional games and lacrosse, regalia making, fashion design, bow and arrow making, quillwork, and beadwork. Culture bearers selected for Native POP will be awarded a $500 stipend for their participation between 9am - 6pm at Native POP. The culture bearers primary focus and purpose is educational and the selection process is different from the Native POP juried art show, because of this educational focus, sales are not permitted in the culture bearer area.

Native POP will provide booth space measuring 10’ x 10’ to include table (1), chairs (2) and tent at no additional cost.

FESTIVAL GROUND LOGISTICS
Set-up begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, July 15. Culture bearers 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 one complimentary lunch, water, and breaks throughout the day. There is also convenient, free parking next to the venue. Main Street Square has a  secure wireless network.

SELECTION
Selection of Culture Bearers will be based on quality, creating a diverse lineup and budget.

PHOTO & VIDEO RIGHTS
Native POP reserves the right to photograph any or all culture bearers and their work for publicity.

OUTDOOR EVENT/WEATHER POLICY
Culture bearers must be prepared for sun, wind, hail, rain, and/or other weather conditions. In the case of severe weather, event times may vary. 

INSURANCE
Ideally all culture bearers should carry quality insurance. Native POP assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss, theft or damage. Insurance certificate is not a requirement for participation in Native POP. 

PERFORMERS

Native POP is open to all types of performance art. The goal is to 1) share the broad spectrum of current Native performance trends and 2) highlight the diversity of creative expression of Native performers. Native POP has included Native flute, pow-wow drum, folk, blues, hip-hop, alt-rock and spoken word as previous performances. Native POP will showcase selected performances between 6 - 8pm.

If the performer wishes to have a merchandise booth during the event, Native POP will provide the space, 1 table and 2 chairs at no additional cost. The performer is responsible to staff the booth and provide all additional supplies (cash box, change, etc.). Native POP may be able to assist you with staffing your booth for a fee (advance notice required).

FESTIVAL GROUND LOGISTICS
Load in will begin at 4pm. Sound check will begin at 5pm. Specific time slots and instructions will be provided through email one week prior to the festival. There is also convenient, free parking next to the venue. Main Street Square has a  secure wireless network.

SELECTION
Selection of performers will be based on quality, creating a diverse lineup and budget.

PHOTO & VIDEO RIGHTS
Native POP reserves the right to photograph any or all performers and their performance for publicity.

OUTDOOR EVENT/WEATHER POLICY
Performers must be prepared for sun, wind, hail, rain, and/or other weather conditions. In the case of severe weather, event times may vary. In the case of severe weather, performance may be cut-short, delayed or cancelled. Should this arise performers will be paid 50% of performance fee.

INSURANCE
Ideally all performers should carry quality insurance. Native POP assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss, theft or damage. Insurance certificate is not a requirement for participation in Native POP. 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 500 convenient, free parking spaces for vendors in adjacent parking garage
  • A metro population of more than 130,000
  • Extensive national, regional and local event promotion
  • 10’ x 10’ booths located inside Main Street Square (culture bearers only)
  • Professional, elevated stage (22’ long x 20’ wide) to include state-of-the-art sound equipment and technician (performers only)

IMPORTANT DATES

April 14, 2017        Applications Due
April 30, 2017        Artist Selection and contracts signed

July 14, 2017        Awards Reception \\ 5 pm - 8 pm
July 15, 2017        Art Market \\ 9 am - 6 pm
July 15, 2017        Concert \\ 6 pm - 8 pm

QUESTIONS? 

Please contact us at info@nativepop.org or call Pepper Massey at 605.394.4101 ext 201.