School & Community Programs
“I have found that the interactive process of public art can be a channel for reclaiming connection and communication for communities. It is the contact and dialogue between diverse fields that creates new expression and deeper understanding for all involved.” -Masayuki Nagase
Education and community outreach are key components of Masayuki Nagase's approach to public art. As Passage of Wind and Water unfolds, the project is rippling into the local community and schools in surprising and meaningful ways. Just a few examples:
- Hundreds of students have already visited the project, met with the artist and put to use the interdisciplinary, standards-aligned field trip module developed by a local art and language teacher.
- An artists-in-schools program, TAP, has been developed with sponsorship from sculptor Masayuki Nagase and is reaching hundreds of local elementary students whose schools do not offer art education.
- A local dancer and choreographer has teamed up with a filmmaker, poet and musician to create an ongoing cross-artistic collaboration with sculptor Masayuki Nagase.
- An annual Native American art market and cultural celebration, The Gathering of People, Wind and Water, has sprung out of Nagase's work at Main Street Square under the direction of an organizing committee made up of local arts leaders, artists, and elders.
- Art Night Downtown, a monthly downtown-wide celebration of Rapid City's creative community, grew out of a partnership between The Sculpture Project's advisory committee, the Rapid City Arts Council, and the Rapid City Downtown Association.
Browse the menu on the left or contact the project's coordinator, Anna Huntington, firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out how YOU can be part of this extraordinary public art project at the center of the Rapid City community!