January 16, 2018
Jim Speirs, Executive Director
605-252-5979 ext. 0

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. This year the event falls on Thursday, February 8—and you are invited to join in the celebration of our state’s arts scene from Noon-3:00PM in the Capitol Rotunda.

This year’s Arts Advocacy Day will be the last for Governor Dennis Daugaard, who has been a consistent supporter of arts programs and South Dakota’s diverse cultural environment throughout his two terms as governor. From the presentation of the biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts to the dedication of Dignity in Chamberlain, Governor Daugaard has spoken eloquently and often about the vitality and diversity of our state’s artistic and cultural heritage.

We will also be celebrating the support of the South Dakota Legislature, which created the South Dakota Arts Council over a half century ago to promote the arts throughout the state. Our legislators have continued to support the mission and the programming of the Arts Council, helping to bring artists and artistic experiences to school children and communities in every corner of South Dakota.

We’re hoping that community arts supporters and representatives from arts centers, museums and performance venues will join us in Pierre on February 8. We’ll be celebrating in a variety of ways, including a performance by the T.F. Riggs Chamber Choir, singing a cappella music in a variety of different styles during the noon hour. The South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota will serve refreshments during the performance, and will present packets of information about the arts in South Dakota to legislators and state officials.

For more about advocacy day and the arts in South Dakota, visit

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature is sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota.

Arts South Dakota is a 501©3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization funded entirely by donor contributions and grants. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Arts South Dakota is a member of Americans for the Arts and its Statewide Arts Action Network.