“Mni Wiconi” ( Water is life in Lakota) is an interactive art installation made from a Skill Crane fabricated into an art gallery and the prizes are created by the students participating in the American Indian Youth, Department of Indian Work, Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul. This activity is made possible by the voters Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. American Indian Youth produced mini-art pieces contained in recycled water bottles that the public can try to win from the “Skill Crane Art Mni Wiconi Gallery. Students fabricated the machine with thematic cultural imagery such as water, land, air, fire, clan animals, Lakota Virtues and Ojibwe Grandfather Teachings.
Thank you for coming to the opening of the Mni Wiconi Gallery for your chance to win original art by our students!
Welcome to the Art By Skill Crane: Mni Wiconi page! This is a project that started as a vision to give my students more summer art experiences. The students are participating in the American Indian Youth Enrichment Summer program hosted by the nonprofit Interfaith Action of Greater St Paul. Along with Interfaith Action, I applied to the Minnesota State Arts Board “ Artists in Partnership” grant and the proposal was chosen.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul works to build an infrastructure of opportunity for people in Saint Paul by leading on-the-ground work and engaging community partners in order to make broad change. American Indian Youth Enrichment (AIYE) is a high dosage, culturally specific afterschool and summer program that convenes 4 days and 3 days per week, respectively, at American Indian Magnet School (AIMS). It is the sole culturally specific afterschool and summer program serving approximately 80 American Indian children in grades 1 - 6 annually in Saint Paul. Indigenous history, culture, and traditions are taught by all American Indian staff to affirm students’ cultural identity as a means to academic success. Students receive academic, social emotional, and literacy support interwoven with culturally-relevant activities and field experiences that build core competencies, increase cultural knowledge, and impact self-esteem.
The purpose of this project, Art By Skill Crane, is to partner with local artists to engage students in arts opportunities that are generally cut from their formal education and to deliver AIYE program outcomes through arts engagement to increase self-efficacy and confidence.
Youth will learn to produce mini-art pieces that the public would be enticed to try to win from the “Skill Crane Art Mni Wiconi Gallery. Youth will engage in some skill-crane assembly, i.e. fabricating the machine with thematic cultural imagery such as water, land, air, fire, clan animals, Lakota Virtues and Ojibwe Grandfather Teachings. Youth will visit the Can Can Wonderland venue on two field trips to see the studio and fabrication process and celebrate the exhibit opening. This project will enhance the wellbeing of AIYE participants by engaging them in arts creation and their community for two or more hours each week during the program.
Thank you for following our page and look for information on the public opening of the Mni Wiconi Gallery for your chance to win original art by our students!
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