Panorama of South Dakota

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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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As a service to our statewide membership and constituents, Arts South Dakota is conducting a survey of candidates for the South Dakota Governor, 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.

We will accept responses up until the election.

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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.

SAVE THE DATE: February 15, 2023, Pierre

Nominations open September 1-November 15, 2022

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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.

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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 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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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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