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First Peoples Fund works to build a creative economy

Tawney Brunsch (Oglala Lakota), Executive Director of Lakota Funds; Kelley Lindquist, President of Artspace; and Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota), President of First Peoples Fund stand beside shovels designed by local artists.

Tawney Brunsch (Oglala Lakota), Executive Director of Lakota Funds; Kelley Lindquist, President of Artspace; and Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota), President of First Peoples Fund stand beside shovels designed by local artists.

PIERRE –The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to First Peoples Fund. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will provide partial support for gatherings to be held across the Pine Ridge Reservation to garner input on future classes that will be held at Oglala Lakota Artspace (OLA) upon its completion.

“Thanks to support from the South Dakota Community Foundation, First Peoples Fund and our partners, Lakota Funds and Artspace, will have the opportunity to deeply engage the artists and culture bearers of the Pine Ridge Reservation in the final stages of planning for Oglala Lakota Artspace, said Lori Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund. “Their voices are shaping the community’s first-ever space for Native artists to create, sell, teach and learn, and grow as entrepreneurs.”

A groundbreaking took place September 27th for Oglala Lakota Artspace which will be built in Kyle. It will be the first-ever arts center on Pine Ridge Reservation. Ten gatherings will be held across the reservation through Rolling Rez Arts to build awareness of Oglala Lakota Artspace and the opportunities it will provide. Information gathered through these community sessions will help shape the development of the content and scheduling of Oglala Lakota

Artspace classes.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with First Peoples Fund as they work to empower and inspire local artists”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “They are not only promoting the arts but encouraging arts related business development on the reservation.”

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. The SDCF awards grants throughout the year to nonprofits that meet vital and diverse needs across the state. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-nonprofits/ sd-fund-grants/

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