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Bryan Akipa – Traditional Red Cedar Flute
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Art is the leading edge of society.

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“Dignity” by Dale Lamphere

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Our inaugural South Dakota Arts Journal is a celebration of South Dakota’s creative culture. It includes features on sculptor Dale Lamphere, the legacy of Yanktonai painter Oscar Howe and a renewed interest in our first poet laureate Badger Clark. The South Dakota Arts Journal is a collaboration between South Dakota Magazine, the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota.

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Join us for a series of arts meetups around the state! Arts South Dakota will be traveling to hear more about what is happening in a few of the many vibrant arts communities around the state, and to provide a space for local arts groups, artists, and arts supporters to come together.

June 6 – Lead Deadwood Arts Center

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Arts South Dakota provides an ongoing series of learning and professional development webinars for both artists and arts organizations. Now, more than ever, coming together to learn from the vast shared knowledge within our state’s creative communities is vital to supporting the arts.

Accessibility in the Arts Webinar Series
June 14, 28 & July 12

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JULY 17-19, 2023

These institutes offer professional development in arts and learning for all teachers and administrators Pre-K through 12th grade on the NSU campus in Aberdeen.

All workshops are offered for up to 3 graduate and/or CEU credits.

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The ARTS SOUTH DAKOTA ARTIST EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND provides short-term financial support for individual artists, culture bearers, and creative workers within South Dakota who have been impacted by an emergency.

Applications are now closed.

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The arts profoundly impact all South Dakotans! There’s an arts advocate in everyone who understands the importance of cultural connections and power of creativity in transforming our society. The first thing to know about advocating for the arts is that the place to start is right in your own neighborhood. We hope this interactive map will provide timely and significant information related to the arts in your county and across South Dakota.

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Opportunity is everywhere.

Arts SD initiates, coordinates and sponsors programs and projects statewide.

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Education is not complete without the arts.

Arts SD believes all children in our state have the opportunity to experience and participate in art.

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Education is not complete without the arts.

Arts SD believes all children in our state have the opportunity to experience and participate in art.

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Art impacts us all.

Arts SD informs Legislators, Executive branch officials and the South Dakota Congressional delegation on arts issues.

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Arts South Dakota is a statewide grassroots service, education, and advocacy organization.

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Strengthening the creative culture of South Dakota and keeping the arts alive throughout our state requires a team effort — and the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota lead that team.

As the state arts agency, the South Dakota Arts Council has been a vital grant making board for over a half century, leveraging state legislative dollars and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring cultural experiences to every corner of South Dakota.

As the programming half of a dynamic team, Arts South Dakota provides advocacy, education and communication leadership. The private, nonprofit organization publishes Arts Alive, the state arts magazine; coordinates the Arts Education Institute, State Arts Conference and the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, and brings South Dakotans together to be an active local, state and national voice for our shared creative vision.

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