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Shannon C
10 W Main Street
(Main Street)
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the project

We are seeking support in meeting our fundraising goal for part two of our ongoing mural project, which is titled Wanáȟča, the Lakota word for “flower.” This mural will fill a larger area than its counterpart Eúŋkičhetupi, completed in August 2019, and represents another significant investment in and dedication to enlivening and enriching the Vermillion downtown experience. All contributions will compensate the artists for providing their time and talent, pay supplies such as the outdoor art paint, and cover additional administrative costs such as documentation of the process.

This project is being led, designed, and created by young, new leaders and indigenous artists Reyna Hernendaz, Inkpa Mani, and Elizabeth Skye.

Preparation for the mural began in April 2019, with the location identified as the back side of the Coyote Twin Theater so as to be visible from City Hall. The artists then held public meetings, during which they invited members of the community to share their thoughts on what they would like to see represented in a mural through workshops that included storytelling, drawings, and poetry. From these conversations, the artists found that there is need to create space for women, specifically indigenous women. Their full mural design—planned as a diptych that will wrap the northeast corner of the building—pays tribute to the importance of women while telling the Sioux creation story.

the steps

Tentative Timeline

January through April – Complete the color design

April – Prepare the wall for painting

May – Begin painting

June – Mural celebration and dedication

We are raising money to compensate the artists for their creative time, energy, and spirit in realizing the mural. The lead artists will be completing the color design, preparing the wall for painting, and directing volunteers. Funding will also be going towards purchasing materials, supplies, and equipment.

why we're doing it

The Vermillion Community Mural Project was founded to create public art spaces for community members to share their stories through visual language. It's our hope that through participating in the creation of the murals, community members will see themselves as imaginers and creators, capable of creating the world they want to live in.

Community art needs community hands and we are grateful for your support. Together we can continue to inspire imagination and vibrant representation in Vermillion.


Lead Artists: $9,300
Documentation: $600
Media & Marketing: $400
Paint & Materials: $1,160
Equipment: $1,540
Mural total cost: $13,000

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $403
TOTAL TO RAISE = $13,438



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