New artist market highlighting Indigenous artists coming to Dahl Arts Center

RAPID CITY, S.D. – This Saturday, the Dahl Arts Center’s John T. Vucurevich event center will host the Black Hills Indian Artist Market. However, the wait for an event like this has been long overdue for many of the featured vendors.

Bhi Artist Market FlyerFor the last year and a half, the shows Indigenous artists would rely on to display and sell their creations have been cancelled.

“A lot of them rely on it for their livelihood, so we just decided to give them that opportunity,” Co-coordinator Duwana Two Bulls said.

Two Bulls comes from a family of professionals working in several different artistic outlets. With the help of her family and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, she was able to bring artists together again to help support the indigenous art community.

“We approached them with the idea, letting them know that we were thinking about the artists and how they were impacted by COVID and lack of events to attend to sell their art,” she explained. “So they stepped up and they’re a big part of this. And I’m thankful for that.”

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

“The Rapid City Arts Council has a mission,” Museum Director and Curator Denise Du Broy began. “And part of that mission is to take care of our local visual artists and performing artists.”

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

“Making art, creating art is a special thing for our people,” she explained. “So, to be able to get that out in the world, it just makes you feel better.”

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

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