Celebrating their their 35th anniversary in the Rapid City area, the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) honors this milestone with the theme "Year of Unity" and promises an exciting display of high school sports, language and cultural events, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art.
"We are very anxious for the 35th annual LNI event and look forward to seeing all of our LNI family. We welcome all of our Lakota, Nakota and Dakota relatives back to Rapid City for our great annual reunion".
- Michael Poland, 2011 LNI Art Show Coordinator
Since the beginning of the Invitational, Prairie Edge has been a proud sponsor of the Art Show portion of the Invitational, as we always look forward to seeing the energizing artwork of up-and-coming high school artists from around the area. This also gives us the great opportunity to promote Lakota cultural awareness and show our support for the next generation of inspiring young artists.
Categories: Contemporary to traditional media
Categories in the show range from contemporary mediums like computer graphics, mixed media, and digital photography, to traditional art, beading, and ledger drawing.
LNI Through the Years: This special category is new this year and was created to honor the Invitational's momentous anniversary.
Unity Award: The Unity Award will be presented to a young artist that best represents fellowship and harmony through their craft.
Individual category awards: 1st through 3rd place winners will be chosen for each category (there are 20 categories in all).
Best in Show: And the award goes to…1 of the 20 artists taking 1st in an individual category.
Director’s Choice: Selected by the Lakota Nation Board of Directors, this piece of art will be the one that best represents the spirit of the Lakota people and the Lakota Nation.
People’s Choice: This award is chosen by you, the art show visitor.
Art Show Schedule
Where: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, LaCroix Hall A & B
When: December 15 – 17
The Art Show is open for public view Wednesday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and closes Saturday at noon.
Bead & Bookmobile: Come out and see us!
During the Invitational, we will also be showcasing our unique craft supplies, collection of books about Native American culture, and other educational materials at two locations during the event - we will be at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and also at the Ramkota Hotel.