2020 State Arts Conference2020-03-26T12:37:19-05:00


Arts South Dakota & the South Dakota Arts Council sadly must postpone the 2020 South Dakota Arts Conference May 14-16 in Rapid City.
We are working to find an alternate date and will make a public announcement soon.
We are deeply disappointed, but the health and safety of everyone involved is our number one priority.

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, and marketing/social media. Arts leaders are invited to attend and provide keynote presentations, workshops and panel discussions.

Featured Keynotes & Presenter:

Mary Anne Carter

Mary Anne Carter
National Endowment for the Arts

Torrie Allen

Torrie Allen
President & CEO
Arts Midwest

Lori Pourier

Lori Pourier
President & CEO
First Peoples Fund

Lori L. Jacobwith

Lori L. Jacobwith
Fundraising Culture Change Expert & Master Storyteller
Ignited Fundraising

Early bird pricing by April 14:

Pre-Conference – Arts South Dakota Member/Donor $40
Pre-Conference – Non-Member/Donor $50

Conference – Arts South Dakota Member/Donor $150
Conference – Non-Member/Donor $175
Conference – Student $100

Reduced price for organizations sending 3 or more $125/ticket

Emerging Leader Scholarships (20 available) application deadline March 15.

SDAC Professional Development Grants Professional Development Grants may be awarded to an organization to fund its representative’s attendance at a professional development activity that benefits both the organization and the individual attending.

Donors/Members of Arts South Dakota receive reduced pricing to our events & never pay outside processing fees. Join today and enjoy the benefits!

Conference hosts:

THANK YOU to our Conference Leadership Committee:

Sarah Carlson – Illustra Creative Services Advisor
Danielle Osloond – GreenInk Designs, Deadwood Mountain Grand

Desy Schoenewies – Rapid City Arts Council
Peter Strong – Racing Magpie
Kate Vandel – South Dakota Arts Council

The South Dakota State Arts Conference is sponsored by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council.
South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, 
through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hotel reservations:
Block hotel rate of $109/day available until 4/14/20 (or after if rooms are available) can be reserved online by clicking this link or by calling 1-605 348-4000 or 1-877-666-3243. Please use code “Arts South Dakota” when booking by phone to receive the reduced rate.

POSTPONED – New dates will be announced soon.
Emerging Leaders Scholarship Info & Application
Keynotes | Presenters | Performers
Full Conference Schedule
The Great Race Exhibit
Conference Program [coming soon]
“The Doctor Is In” one-on-one sessions [coming soon]
Pre-Conference Schedule | for Community Arts Councils [coming soon]
Attendee List [posted in May]

Arts South Dakota believes all individuals and communities deserve meaningful artistic experiences. The goal should be full inclusion of all people in all arts and humanities programs and facilities.

For the State Arts Conference, Arts South Dakota can provide, upon request, alternative formats, auxiliary aids, and services necessary for all individuals to participate in all programs and services provided throughout the conference. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Arts South Dakota will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. Direct accommodation requests to info@artssouthdakota.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors & funders:

– Friends of the Arts –

– Brian D. Hagg –