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Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

Launched in November 2015, “Arts South Dakota” is a statewide arts service and advocacy organization headquartered in Sioux Falls. It brings vitality to South Dakota communities and enriches people’s lives through the promotion of the creativity and visitor industries, by nurturing cultural leadership and education, and recognizing artistic excellence. The private, nonprofit group works closely with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state and federally funded division of South Dakota Tourism.

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Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

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

Welcome to South Dakota’s front door to the arts

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Arts South Dakota’s newly designed website, ArtsSouthDakota.org, is the front door to our state’s arts scene—and it’s always open! The website is a powerful tool, placing arts [...]

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature February 8, 2018

January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2018 Jim Speirs, Executive Director 605-252-5979 ext. 0 jim@artssouthdakota.org Each year artists, arts administrators and citizens who understand the importance of South Dakota’s creative culture gather in Pierre during the [...]

Arts Advocacy Day celebrates importance of the arts

January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Each year artists, arts administrators and citizens who understand the importance of South Dakota’s creative culture gather in Pierre during the legislative session for Arts Advocacy Day. [...]

South Dakota arts make great gifts

December 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Would you like to present holiday gifts this year that are wonderfully original, totally appreciated and perfectly unique? Give the work of South Dakota artists! You can choose from a multitude of gifts, specially selected [...]

A creative home for our veterans

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Connecting South Dakota’s veterans to arts opportunities By South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels South Dakota has always stepped forward in defense of our nation, with a high percentage of our population volunteering for all [...]

One local voice can make magic happen

October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

South Dakota is blessed with a variety of volunteer community arts groups, statewide arts institutions and strong partnerships for arts education and artists. As important as these organizations are, the real strength for the arts [...]

A Strong Partnership for the Arts in South Dakota

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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.