By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota
South Dakotans from every corner of the state are invited to be part of the State Arts Conference in Sioux Falls May 4-5. The conference will be a celebration of our state’s unique cultural heritage and vibrant arts network—and you can join in the excitement!
The South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota are always working to bring arts advocates, artists, audience members, educators and other South Dakotans together to share perspectives. The success of the last statewide arts conference is still fresh in people’s minds—but it’s been five years and it’s time to get together once again.
That’s what this year’s State Arts Conference is all about—getting together, person to person, to share our enthusiasm for the arts, network with national and state leaders and build our arts community. South Dakota is a large and diverse state, and our geography is occasionally an obstacle to face-to-face conversation. A state conference gives us a chance to focus on topics that mean something to all of us and help plan for the future by exploring where we are today.
This conference promises to be an exciting couple of days, with top arts professionals and leaders from the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts speaking and sharing their time and knowledge with our state’s arts community. That weekend will also see the installation of the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk pieces, with new sculptures and artists throughout downtown Sioux Falls on the morning of Saturday, May 5.
This is the biggest arts event of the year in South Dakota, with helpful and practical learning sessions, exciting art and performances and presenters who really are the best in their fields. So let’s get together, friends and neighbors! Make your plans to be in Sioux Falls May 4 and 5 and share the excitement by lending your voice to the conversation. We think it will be a conversation to remember!
Details, schedules and information on the presenters at this year’s State Arts Conference are available on the Arts South Dakota website, www.ArtsSouthDakota.org. Stop in and check it out for yourself.