Who We Are
We have several projects underway
Web Site & Online Stores
We launched our web site and online store, www.PineRidgeArtCenter.com and our Facebook presence, PineRidgeArtCenter, in 2014 and opened online stores on Ebay and Etsy in 2016.
Our web site is our most effective tool since so many Native artisans do not have the resources to carry out a viable online business on their own and because bringing income to this greatly impoverished area is a critical first step in accomplishing our other goals.
Our goal is for the online stores to employ one to three people full time and provide training in positions such as Online Manager, Shipping Clerk and Photographer in addition to providing resources for artists to develop their own online presence.
Art Center Store
We may evenually open a gallery We expect a Store would employ at least three people full time and provide ongoing training in positions of Store Manager, Assistant Manager, Clerk.
Many artisans on reservations have very limited (local) markets, often selling on the streets, which affects their asking prices significantly. We believe an Art Center Store will provide a more productive, dignified and lucrative way for Native artisans to sell their work to a wider market.
Arts & Crafts Supply Store
We intend to create a store offering arts and crafts supplies commonly used by Native artists at cost.
Without bank accounts, credit cards and Internet access, limited funds and long distances to stores, artists on remote reservations often experience difficulty obtaining supplies.The Supply Store will increase profitability and provide training in basic business and finance and empowerment for artists wishing to start a business.
Arts and Crafts Shows
We facilitate participation at regional arts and crafts shows and powwows including help with booth fees and food and lodging costs.
Advertising & Marketing Services
We provide advertising and marketing services to Native artists, including marketing to retailers, museum shops and Facebook advertising.
Art Center Products
Seven Fires Art hopes to develop products for the purposes of employing artists and benefiting the organization.
We believe this will be a very positive, community-building program. Art Center Products will provide employment and a safe place for fellowship and meals for a highly at-risk population. This activity will also help instruct participants in many aspects of business.
Art Center Products will include Children’s Tipis, Tipi Furnishings, Doll Tipis, Doll Tipi Furnishings, Dolls, Cradleboards, Doll Accessories, Greeting Cards and Art Packaging.
Long term goals include providing studio space to Native artists. This is much-needed workspace, as many homes on reservations are terrifically overcrowded and and artists have difficulty finding space to work.
Education and Events
Our long-term goals include hosting classes, workshops and events, which instruct in and explore all aspects of Native arts and crafts traditions including music, dance, culinary arts, painting, bead work, quill work, leather work, tipi building, etc.
Events will be open to everyone and it is our intention to bring awareness of Native traditions to the general public though Events.
We hopes to eventually to provide scholarships to students who are tribal members pursuing education in the arts.
Culinary: Kitchen / Garden / Produce / Catering
We intend to create a kitchen and garden for the purpose of education in Native culinary traditions, for the benefit Art Center participants, and for promotion and enhancement of Art Center events and programs.
We hope to create and staff an art-centered kids’ space during Art Center activities.
Architecture & Housing
Seven Fires Art is a supporter of the OST Partnership for Housing tiny homes and studio concept (live-work) homes projects and hopes to help solve the housing crisis on the Reservation through art and design.