This is a very exciting day here on the Cheyenne River reservation in north-central South Dakota. To start, we have less than two hours to go before we unveil a special art exhibition featuring 30 images and 30 pieces of creative writing from the "Home: Cheyenne River" book project.
The Cheyenne River Youth Project is hosting the show at its Cokata Wiconi teen center in Eagle Butte, in conjunction with its 25th anniversary celebration; the show will become part of CRYP's permanent collection, and it hopefully will travel to other venues later this year. We're deeply grateful to Child Fund International, as their support made two years of photography on the reservation and this art exhibition possible.
We're also thrilled to announce that we've officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund independent publication of the "Home: Cheyenne River" coffeetable book! In fact, we're welcoming our first group of project backers today: Julie Garreau, Eryk Krzaczynski, Holly Ramsay, Julie Veal, Sharon Carson, Patti Lazarus, Alexandra Meador, Barbra Finkelstein, John and Diane Tuzee, and Nicole Seaton. A heartfelt thank you to all of you — with your support, we've reached the 1% mark in our campaign, and that's pretty fantastic, since we launched our fundraising effort less than 20 hours ago. THANK YOU! This is a team effort, and we couldn't do it without you.
We have 29 more days to reach our goal! To support the project, visit the Kickstarter campaign page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1916586366/home-cheyenne-river-fine-art-photography-book, and please help us spread the word!
We'll be keeping our supporters informed via this blog, through Kickstarter, and through our Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/CheyenneRiverArtProject. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days!