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Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
Supports Native American Aritsts

Accepting Grant applications through August 2016

Crazy Horse, SD-In 1946 when Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski accepted the invitation from Chief Henry Standing Bear to carve a mountain memorial to honor individuals from Native Nations throughout North America, he knew from the beginning that Crazy Horse must be an educational and humanitarian project and much more than the colossal Mountain Carving. Today, at the center of the Memorial and bringing life to Korczak’s original vision, is the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

The Museum and the Cultural Center offer the visiting public an opportunity to enjoy historical and contemporary art and artifacts from Native Nations across North America. Additionally, each summer, a variety of artists and lecturers are invited to the Memorial to share their art and to educate the public about the gifts Native American culture continues to offer society.

Through its Connections and Opportunities program, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation offers Native American artists funding to support and develop their interests and art and an opportunity to connect to people throughout the world. The Memorial is accepting applications now for the following programs:

  • Continuing Education: Continuing education grants are designed to provide financial support to Native American artists who are committed to improving artistic skill and their careers. This grant provides professional development funds to support artists by providing funding to attend workshops, classes and/or conferences, or for purposes of marketing existing works to new audiences.
  • One-to-One Mentoring: Native American students (high school and /or college) will be paired with experienced, respected Native artists and/ or culture bearers (mentors) for 100 hours of one-on-one learning in the areas of traditional art, storytelling, or studio art.
  • One Person Show: This program provides six artists each a one-month exhibition in order to market and sell their art in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® from May to October. This exhibition provides opportunity for the artist to connect to the many visitors that Crazy Horse Memorial provides. Artists attend a reception and meet and greet Crazy Horse guests and supporters.
  • Artist-in-Residence: The program provides six artists a one-month residency in order to market and sell their art in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® from May through October. This residency provides opportunity for artists to connect to the many visitors Crazy Horse Memorial provides. During the residency, the artist will be asked to share his/her experience with the public through demonstration, discussion, lecture, and/or other means. The presentation will depend on the artist’s medium, interests, and experience and will require a few scheduled hours of commitment during the artist’s residency.
  • Summer Lecture and Performance Series: Native Artists, historians, cultural bearers and/or performers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors to Crazy Horse Memorial through one-hour lectures or performances. Each Thursday evening from June – August, the program will provide an educational opportunity for visitors to learn and interact with the professional

Please visit the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation website to learn more about the Connections and Opportunity grant programs for artists, eligibility, and to download applications — (click on Museums-Explore and then scroll down to Connections and Opportunities on the right.) or contact Mary Bordeaux @

2013CrazyHorsesnowAbout Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.




Crazy Horse Memorial

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs

Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900