Lakota performing artist to visit USD October 26 Internationally known traditional flute player, dancer and storyteller Kevin Locke will participate in Alumni Leaders program events and present a free, public concert performance Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall on The University of South Dakota campus.
Winner of a National Heritage Fellowship, Locke has performed in more than 70 countries from Canada to China, from Australia to Africa and Europe, sharing his high vision of balance, joy, and diversity through music and dance. Locke's interactive programs include the hoop dance, courting flute music, and accompanying narrative highlighted by Lakota sign language.
Locke received a master of arts degree in education from USD in 1977. While in Vermillion, Locke will join other alums in honoring programs and panel presentations, visit USD classes, perform for Vermillion school children, and conduct a Lakota culture workshop, in addition to the concert performance Friday evening.
His visit to USD and Vermillion is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts, W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, Institute of American Indian Studies and the Co-Curricular Activities Program (CAP), Vermillion Middle School, St. Agnes School, South Dakota Arts Council through funds from the State of South Dakota and the National Endowment for the Arts, and South Dakotans for the Arts.