Panorama of South Dakota

View our latest videos →

Bryan Akipa – Traditional Red Cedar Flute
video by Dalton Coffey

Art is the leading edge of society.

View our latest videos →
“Dignity” by Dale Lamphere

Explore our featured programs going on now


Arts South Dakota is regularly monitoring the CDC and SD Department of Health regarding COVID-19 as to how the current outbreak may impact our state arts community. The health and safety of our arts community and staff is our highest priority.  This page will be updated with information as it is received, so please check back regularly.

Learn More →

Donate to the Arts South Dakota Artist Relief Fund →



As a service to our statewide membership and constituents, Arts South Dakota is conducting a survey of candidates for the South Dakota Legislature, United States Representative & United States Senate, asking for their perspectives on the arts and government.

As the state’s only arts advocacy group, Arts South Dakota is the public partner to the state arts agency. We do not endorse candidates for public office and all responses are published verbatim.

Learn More →


The state arts conference is held every two years at different locations across South Dakota. Workshops, panel discussions, plenary sessions focus on key areas such as racial equity, arts education, fundraising, local arts councils, grant-writing, and marketing/social media. Arts leaders are invited to attend and provide keynote presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the conference will be held virtually October 29-31, 2020. REGISTER TODAY!

Learn More →


The Governor’s Awards are sponsored biennially by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Awards recognize South Dakota’s finest artists and supporters of the arts. They are given for: Distinction in Creative Achievement; Outstanding Support of the Arts by and Individual; Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Business or Organization; Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education; and Outstanding Support of the Arts to Native Nations with Lands in South Dakota. Recipients are honored at a prestigious banquet attended by artists, arts patrons and government officials. SAVE THE DATE: February 10, 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Awards are open September 1 – November 15, 2020

Learn More →


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. At the link below, you can find information on any upcoming scheduled sessions, as well as archived recordings and materials from our past sessions. If you have any questions, or suggestions for future topics or presenters, please contact Community Development Director Andrew Reinartz at

Learn More →

Opportunity is everywhere.

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

Explore Opportunities →
Our Programs →
Arts Calendar →

Education is not complete without the arts.

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

Arts Education →
Arts Education Institute →
Band Director Institute →

Education is not complete without the arts.

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

Arts Education →
Arts Education Institute →
Band Director Institute →

Art impacts us all.

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

Arts Advocacy →
Sharable Infographics →
Our Blog →


Advocacy Alerts

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

Back to school with the arts

August 17th, 2020|

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota While the educational experience has changed in South Dakota—with virtual learning, staggered [...]

View More Posts →

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.

Learn More About Us