Help Keep Cultural Arts in Schools

“ Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.  Education alone can cause it to reveal its treasures”      Baha’u’llah
Patricia Locke is an American Indian of Hunkpapa Lakota and White Earth Chippewa heritage. She is the former MacArthur fellow who worked to preserve indigenous languages and helped start 17 Native American tribal colleges. For her activism in Indigenous religious rights and education, she was posthumously inducted to the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Patricia's son, Kevin Locke is an internationally-recognized master traditional folk artist, visionary hoop dancer, indigenous Northern Plains flute player/recording artist, cultural ambassador and an educator. A citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and coming from the ancestral line of Lakota and Anishinabe, he self identifies as a World Citizen. Coming from a distinguished family, his great-great-grandfather was the famous Dakota patriot, Little Crow. His great-grandmother, Mniyáta Ožáŋžaŋ Wiŋ, was a renowned medicine woman.

Kevin was particularly encouraged by Richard Foolbull, one of the last indigenous flute players of this genre, to learn the traditional songs. Because of his long-standing dedication, Kevin is recognized as one of the last people alive who has in his possession an extensive repertoire of this unique genre of vocal compositions that are instrumentalized on the flute.

Would you like to be a sponsor?

We are raising $150,000 to bring Kevin Locke educational programs to 100 schools in under served communities in the next 12 months incorporating flute workshops, class presentations, story telling, hoop dancing and much more! Are you up for the challenge?

Severe budget cuts in federal and state funds affect the poorest school districts the most, making cultural and educational programs virtually erased in curriculum.  The only way we can protect the education of children and youth in underprivileged areas is to ARISE as communities to partner with ambassadors of education to bring the kinds of enrichment we like our own children and grandchildren to be exposed to. 

Why should we be Ok with anything less for under served children? 

Patricia Locke Foundation is providing support and funding to bring Kevin Locke to 100 schools.
With severe budget cuts affecting school across the country,  100% of all funds donated will go directly in covering all costs and expenses incurred in bringing Kevin's message and presentation to educate, empower and engage 100 schools across the country.  

School assemblies including Lakota Storytelling, Indigenous Flute playing and Traditional Hoop Dance embraces a positive message that students are in dire need of receiving, especially in today's currents events.

Together we can do what no man can do by himself. 

Kevin Locke Smithsonian Folk Life Festival 2016

In his mid twenties Kevin came in contact with the hoop dancer, Arlo Goodbear, who promised to give him four lessons, and he was told that if he does his part, this dance will take him many places where he will meet diverse peoples. Tragically after the first lesson Arlo Goodbear passed away unexpectedly and Kevin was called to fill his place on a performance tour to the continent of Africa. Arlo Goodbear appeared to him in his dreams and completed the remaining lessons before the trip, a trip that Kevin recounts as one of the most memorable in his hoop dancing career.  Since 1978, he has traveled to more than 90 countries to educate, entertain, engage and empower over 1,000,000 people of all ages.  Kevin uses folk arts to emphasize universal themes that are integral to all peoples. Universality of human spirit, its inclination towards peace, balance, harmony, and a longing that all human beings have for the Divine Springtime are a few central themes that he displays in his hoop dance routine, which is essentially a prayer for the unification of all mankind. Using his folk arts as a vehicle, Kevin shares this prayer with children and adult alike ranging from 50 to 55,000 people at a time. Even though he has performed in many prestigious venues to innumerable dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Dalai Lama, his favorite audience continues to be children and youth. Kevin Locke and his Native Dance Ensemble continue to be a powerful agent to spread master traditional arts in the world in collaboration with State Department and US Embassy touring Northern China (2015), Cuba (2016) and Indonesia (2017) as of late. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lakota Language Consortium, one of world's most successful Indigenous language renewal organizations.


National Heritage Fellow awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (1990) Featured Performer and Speaker at the United Nations Habitat II Conference (1996) Bush Foundation: Enduring Vision Fellowship (2009)

Native American Music Award: Recording of the Year (Earth Gift, 2009) Living Indian Treasure awarded by the Governor of South Dakota (2013) National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award (2013)

Part of community building is ARISING as one body to educate all of our treasures, especially the ones that are the pupil of our eye.  Your sponsorship and donations are vital to continue yesterday's art for today's youth to build tomorrow's mindset. Building the future of our human family requires our universal participation in a child's education.

Donations (200)

  • Janice Kellersohn
    • $50 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team: Patricia Locke Foundation (3)

Patricia Locke Foundation
Wakpala, SD
Ceylan Isgor-Locke
Team member
Keith Kellersohn
Team member

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