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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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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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Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature is held biennially, alternating years with the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This day serves to heighten awareness and appreciation of the arts for our legislators and other decision-makers.

SAVE THE DATE: February 9, 2022.

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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, marketing/social media, and more.

Save the Date: May 19-21, 2022

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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.

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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.

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For many arts and humanities organizations, 2020 was a fallow year. Fortunately, new grant funding offered through the American Rescue Plan is providing arts and humanities organizations the opportunity grow their operations into something beautiful, hardy, and sustainable.

SDAC ARP grants closed October 8.

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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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