Who We Are
We have several projects underway
Web Site & Online Stores
The PRCAC is beginning virtually. We launched our web site and online store, www.PineRidgeArtCenter.com and our Facebook presence, PineRidgeArtCenter, in 2014 and have opened online stores on Ebay and Etsy in 2016.
We expect the Web Site and Online Stores to employ one person full time to start, up to three people full time and hope to provide the necessary training and resources to create these paid positions by the end of 2016: Online Manager, Shipping Clerk, Photographer.
This activity is in keeping with our charitable and educational purposes since the vast majority of Lakota 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.
The PRCAC will provide all related services (photography, web design, web production, shipping, etc) and selling fees (e.g., web hosting, Ebay and shipping fees). An important part of this program will be training: We intend to continually train individuals in these skills and encourage participants to start their own businesses whenever feasible. In addition, the PRCAC intends to make resources (Internet access, computers, cameras, etc.) available to those wishing to explore online opportunities.
Art Center Store
The PRCAC intends to open a gallery in a visible location in or near the town of Pine Ridge for the purpose of selling arts and crafts handmade on the Reservation. We expect the Art Center Store to employ one person full time to start, up to three people full time: Store Manager, Assistant Manager, Clerk.
Slated for 2016, the Art Center Store is in keeping with our charitable and educational purposes since currently most artisans in Pine Ridge have a very limited (local) market, often selling on the streets, which affects their asking prices significantly. We believe the Art Center Store will provide a more productive, dignified and lucrative way for Lakota artisans to sell their work to a wider market. This activity will be funded by donations.
Arts & Crafts Supply Store
The PRCAC intends to create a supply store in the town of Pine Ridge offering arts and crafts supplies commonly used by Lakota artists at cost. The Art Supply Store will not provide an income to the PRCAC, but will be self-supporting within the organization. Inventory will include tanned leather, sinew, porcupine quills, beads and beading supplies, regalia supplies, art papers, paints, quilt fabrics and supplies, framing supplies and more.
The Supply Store furthers our charitable and educational purposes because without bank accounts, credit cards and Internet access, limited funds (and with no supply store in Pine Ridge), many Lakota Artisans experience difficulty in obtaining supplies.The Supply Store will provide training in basic business and finance and empowerment for artists wishing to start a business.
Arts and Crafts Shows
The PRCAC will coordinate and subsidize booth space and facilitate participation at regional arts and crafts shows and powwows.
Advertising & Marketing Services
The PRCAC intends to provide additional advertising and marketing services and benefits to Lakota artists, such as sponsoring local arts and craft shows and marketing to retailers.
Art Center Products
PRCAC will develop and produce Art Center products for the purposes of employing artists and benefitting the organization.
Oglala Lakota tribal members living on the Pine Ridge Reservation will be employed hourly to produce any products we are able to market widely. We believe this will be a very positive, community-building program. The initial goal for hourly wages is $12.50/hour.
This activity will not begin until we have investment capital and a location on the Reservation large enough to support it. Once underway, we expect this activity will be mostly self-supporting. Art Center Products will further our charitable and educational efforts by providing employment, 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.
Children’s Tipis, Tipi Furnishings, Doll Tipis, Doll Tipi Furnishings, Dolls, Cradleboards, Doll Accessories Greeting Cards, Note Cards, Christmas Cards, Calendars, Art Packaging
The PRCAC intends to provide studio space free of charge or artists and crafters living on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This activity will be funded by donations and will require a location large enough to support it (2016 or 2017). This activity furthers our exempt purposes because it will provide much-needed workspace, as most homes in Pine Ridge are terrifically overcrowded and currently no public studio space is available.
The PRCAC intends to provide Education (informal classes, workshops and events), which instruct in and explore all aspects of Lakota arts and crafts traditions including music, dance, culinary arts, painting, bead work, quill work, leather work, tipi building, etc.
This activity will be initiated by PRCAC Principals, carried out by Tribal Members and will be funded by donations; a nominal fee may be charged for Education. This activity will likely not begin until we have a location on the Reservation large enough to support it (2016 or 2017). These activities will constitute the main portion of our exempt educational purposes.
The PRCAC holds as a long-term goal the capacity to provide scholarships to Oglala Lakota tribal members pursuing education in the arts.
PRCAC Events will be open to everyone and it is the intention of the PRCAC to bring awareness of Native American arts and crafts traditions to the general public though PRCAC Events.
Culinary: Kitchen / Garden / Produce / Catering
The PRCAC hope to create a kitchen and garden for the purpose of education in Lakota culinary traditions, for the benefit Art Center participants, and for promotion and enhancement of Art Center events and programs.
The PRCAC hopes to create and staff an art-centered kids’ space, which will provide child care during Art Center classes and activities. Kids’ Space will be funded by donations.
The PRCAC hopes to partner with Tribal housing authorities on Lakota Architecture and Studio Concept Homes.