Sicangu Lakota rapper and activist Frank Waln from Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota is coming to Riddu Riđđu. He received a BA in Audio Arts & Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago where he was given the Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement his senior year.
Frank Waln has received several national awards, artist fellowships and residencies for his work including three Native American Music Awards, an artist residency at Harvard University and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship. He has performed and presented in museums and art institutions around the world including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Linden Museum in Germany and the Kennedy Center. As a curator, Frank Waln recently designed a music immersive space in the new Native American Exhibition Hall at the Field Museum in Chicago.