EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – The Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) is harnessing a controversial artistic medium—graffiti—to reclaim and revitalize traditional Lakota narratives and values, as part of a broader strategy to engage, educate, and empower indigenous youth in America’s fourth largest tribal reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

RedCan is a ‘graffiti jam’ spearheaded by the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) a local, grassroots nonprofit with a mission to provide indigenous youth “access to a vibrant and secure future.” RedCan is also the proving ground for the latest experiment in creative placemaking, a burgeoning discipline examining how arts and culture can help achieve community outcomes, especially when artists are embedded in the planning process.

RedCan 2017 took place June 29 – July 1 at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, and at various sites across the city of Eagle Butte. Featured artists: Estria from Hawaii; East (Denver); Serval (Switzerland); Scribe (Kansas City, Missouri); Scape Martinez (San Francisco); Kazilla and ER (Miami); Dwayno Insano (Tucson, Arizona); and Biafra Inc., Cyfi and Wundr (Twin Cities, Minnesota).

Read more about RedCan from photojournalist Justin Chotikul in our upcoming special edition 2018 of Public Art Review, slated for publication this December. Click here to subscribe to Public Art Review by October 30 and receive free shipping.