2017 is going to be a monumental year, of that we can be sure. As a non-profit, we are expected to not express political views, but when executive orders during the first few days of the new administration are bringing enormous threats to Native American lands, National Parks and Forests, water sources, sacred grounds and natural resources, it is time to take a stand. The health of our Unci Maka, our Mother Earth, is directly linked to our own health and it is time to speak out against actions that will cause irreparable harm to our children and grandchildren.
One of the underlying passions behind the Pine Ridge Art Center is to bring to the world stage the deep connection between art and nature - between Creator, Unci Maka, and ourselves - that is woven into every aspect of the traditional arts of the Lakota people.
In light of the alarming events of the past few days, we at the PRCAC strengthen our resolve to do our part to instruct and guide people everywhere in the vision of our Native ancestors, to protect our sacred water and air, and to defend our Mother Earth
2015 seems to be getting off to a slow start for the PRCAC. Our Board is scattered across the country and several issues make it difficult to do business on the Reservation, especially from a distance. However, big things are happening under the surface! We should receive a response from the IRS regarding our application for tax-exempt status any day! There are numerous opportunities for sponsoring events and supporting artists in the meantime. Plans are underway to sponsor booths at both the Sturgis Bike Rally 75th Anniversary and the Arts Festival at the Custer Buffalo Roundup 50th Anniversary to showcase Lakota art and artisans at these events. Meetings with all interested parties and photo shoots are planned on the Reservation April 24-25. There are retailers and museum stores to contact...Kickstarter video to make...grants to apply for! So much to do. And the need is urgent. The time is now. Take some time to consider how you might get involved. If you have business, accounting, marketing or fundraising experience, we need you! Or perhaps you know someone who has been looking for a deeper purpose or a faith-based group interested in starting a ministry to a Native community? Please contact us at Sales@PineRidgeArtCenter.com or call 515/231-8192.