As a high percentage of Pine Ridge reservation residents produce art from their homes, the Rolling Rez Arts Bus will now deliver support services with the aim of driving incomes higher, reports South Dakota Public Radio.
With tables and other work spaces inside, the bus also serves as a mobile bank and a place to conduct business training. It's part of a vision fostered by the First People's Fund after a market study found that more than half of Native households on Pine Ridge are engaged in home-based businesses, and 79 percent of those businesses are in the arts. It also found that 61 percent of emerging artists have incomes of less than $10,000. However, through participation in workshops and trainings such as First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Programs, incomes climb. Just 7.5 percent of artists who completed the training have incomes below $10,000, reports First People's Fund.
See more of the bus in this launch video:
Read more about Arts and Culture on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.