RAPID CITY — Rural America Initiatives announced the return of the Black Hills American Indian Winter Art Market on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Ballroom. Following two successful years, the market has become an unmatched destination for shoppers to meet artists and to purchase high quality, authentic Native American arts and crafts.
Over 40 tribally enrolled artists will participate, including Donald F. Montileaux, Jim and Gerald Yellowhawk, Jennifer White, Mike Marshall, Mitch Zephier and Paul and Linda Szabo. Artists will sell hand-made, one of a kind arts, crafts and gifts. Bird Cage Book Store and Mercantile will offer books written and illustrated by Native authors.
Thanks to a grant from the Bush Foundation this market has been advertised and promoted nationally. The intent is to grow this market as a buyers’ destination with a positive economic impact for both the artists and Rapid City.
The idea for a winter market began with artist and educator Rosalie Little Thunder and Rural America Initiatives’ Executive Director Bruce Long Fox over twenty years. This years’ market is dedicated to Rosalie’s memory, and an honoring in her name will be held.
In addition to the Bush Foundation, funding is provided by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Visit Rapid City, Scull Construction, Regional Hospital and KEVN.
Rural America Initiatives has been serving Rapid City’s Lakota youth and their families since 1986 through educational programs including Head Start and Early Head Start for children pre-natal through age five, and Ateyapi (Lakota for “fatherhood”), a positive role-modeling mentorship program in Rapid City’s elementary, middle and high schools.
Contact: Deborah Gangloff 🙁605) 341-3339, dgangloff@qwestoffice.