Native POP: Art Market and Cultural Celebration 2017

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - The fifth annual Native POP: People of the Plains Art Show and Cultural Celebration is set to takeover downtown Rapid City. The event will feature original artwork from Great Plains Native artists and a full day of cultural performances.

The free celebration will kick off on July 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the heart of downtown - Main Street Square. The core of the event is a native art market with more than 40 registered artists, specializing in paintings, tapestry, jewelry, fashion design - and the list continues. There will also be cultural performances ranging from traditional drum music to Hip Hop and Rock & Roll.

“We are really about featuring creativity of native people from the tribes of the Plains,” said Chair of the Native POP Committee Peter Strong. “This is also a family-friendly, free event that’s all about building community and learning about each other.”

Native POP will also host their second annual fashion show and a Native film showcase. The festivities were inspired by a desire to have a high quality native art market in Rapid City, according to Strong.

One established artist described his purpose for participating every year.

“It’s really exciting to see the quality of the artists and seeing what they produce for this particular market,” said artist Wade Patton (pictured below).

There will be a free concert from 6-8 p.m. to close out the event. For further details on all the festivities, click here

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