Cheyenne River Youth Project and Square Receive Rockerfeller pARTnership Award

Square and the Cheyenne River Youth Project have been awarded the David D. Rockefeller pARTnership Award.

Each year, Americans for the Arts—through its Business Committee for the Arts program—recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for exceptional involvement with the arts that enriches the workplace, education and the community.

The David D. Rockefeller award recognizes a company and an arts organization for an exceptional project, program or initiative that represents a true alliance, collaboration or exchange between the two.

Last year, Square and CRYP worked with San Francisco-based Even/Odd Films to produce a short film titled “Lakota in America.” The film tells the story of Lakota teen Genevieve Iron Lightning, her involvement with CRYP and its innovative internship program and life on South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

CRYP executive director Julie Garreau says, “Typically, people come into Indian Country and tell native stories from their own perspectives. But the team at Square came in and really saw us. They heard us. They gave us a powerful platform to tell our story our way, and in the process, they became so much more than partners. They became part of our CRYP family.”

Photo: Camilla Rockefeller (right) presented the David D. Rockefeller pARTnership Award to Square’s Sean Conroy (left) and CRYP’s Julie Garreau (center) at the BCA 10 gala in New York.