The purpose of the Lower Sioux Intergenerational Cultural Incubator is to expand art and cultural awareness, skills and support business development through intergenerational learning, production, and transmission at Cansayapi. The Incubator will foster both traditional arts such as pottery, quilting, quilling, beading, regalia, traditional foods, dance, singing as well as contemporary, technology-based art forms including videography and graphic design in the new 15,950 square foot Incubator, which will open in 2021 adjacent to the existing Recreation Center at Lower Sioux. By leveraging our artistic traditions and skilled membership, the Incubator will help strengthen the economic health of the Lower Sioux Community and the region. By 2030, the Incubator will train over 1,200 members and launch over 140 entrepreneurs. To ensure success, the Wicoicage partners closely with many departments across the Community, including Youth/Rec, Community Health, Education, and Human Services.
The Administrative Coordinator will serve as one of three lead Coordinators for the Wicoicage Incubator: The Administrative Coordinator, the Arts Coordinator, and the Entrepreneurship Coordinator. Together, this three-member leadership team will lead all aspects of the Incubator’s success. They will partner closely with all other departments within the tribal government and with external partners:
- The Administrative Coordinator will focus on administrative, financial, and operational functions of the Wicoicage.
- The Arts Coordinator will focus on the designing and overseeing the arts training and on building relationships with the artists to grow their artistic skills, responsible for training at least 100 youth and adults annually.
- The Entrepreneurship Coordinator will focus on designing and overseeing the financial, business, and entrepreneurship training and coaching for the arts entrepreneurs, responsible for training at least 50 youth and adult trainees annually.