Ground Control launches positive environment for young artist
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) -In January 2020 Ground Control launched a way to give local musicians, artists and the entertainers of the Pine Ridge Reservation a platform in which they can share their unique talents with their community via social media and reservation wide talent shows.
Ground Control’s mission is to help the young artists and entertainers of the Pine Ridge Reservation live out their dreams by fostering their creativity and providing them with the tools and resources needed to succeed in the art and entertainment industry.
Kyle Mesteth is the Founder and Director of Ground Control and expresses his belief for this type of venue on the reservation. And has headed online to avoid a pandemic lull.
Mesteth said “In February of 2020 we hosted our first talent show called “OST’s Got Talent”. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 it was also the last in-person show we would do for some time.”
In February of 2020 Ground Control hosted their first talent show called “OST’s Got Talent”. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 it was also the last in-person show they would do for some time.
At the beginning of 2021 they partnered with Anpetu Luta Otipi and Oglalastrong.com to put on weekly online talent shows and podcasts, in hopes of giving the youth of the reservation an outlet and a way to share their talent online while social distancing at home.
Because of the lack of internet access across the reservation, turn out of online shows were limited to a few acts. It’s because of limitations like these that Ground Control realized more needs to be done in order to help shine a light on the forgotten talents of our community.
Mesteth said “With the support of the Oglala Sioux Tribe ,potential donors and volunteers we hope to create a facility in which all artists and talents of the reservation can come to learn, create, and develop their craft in a safe and judge free environment.”
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