New artist market with indigenous artists coming to the Dahl Arts Center

RAPID CITY, SD – The Black Hills Indian Artist Market is hosted this Saturday at the Dahl Arts Center’s John T. Vucurevich Event Center. However, the wait for such an event is long overdue for many of the presented providers.

Over the past year and a half, shows have been canceled that Indigenous artists would rely on to show and sell their creations.

“Many of them depend on it for a living, so we decided to give them this opportunity,” said Co-Coordinator Duwana Two Bulls.

Two Bulls comes from a family of professionals who work in various artistic fields. With the help of her family and the Oglala Sioux tribe, she managed to bring artists back together to support the indigenous art community.

“We reached out to them with the idea and let them know that we were thinking about the artists and how they are affected by COVID and the lack of events to attend to sell their art,” she explained. “So they’ve stepped up and they’re a big part of it. And I’m grateful for that. “

And as for the Dahl and Rapid City Arts Council, the members were fully on board.

“The Rapid City Arts Council has a mission,” began museum director and curator Denise Du Broy. “And part of that mission is taking care of our local visual and performing artists.”

Plans for another art market in March are already underway, according to Two Bulls.

“Making art, creating art, is something special for our people,” she explained. “To get that out into the world, you just feel better.”

The event runs on December 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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