The conference was held…virtually!

In light of on-going developments with COVID-19 and after thoughtful discussions with the South Dakota Arts Council, we decided to move our 2020 South Dakota Arts Conference to a fully online, virtual experience that took place on Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31. We believe this was the safest approach for the well-being of our arts community and we are excited that a virtual event makes it possible to broaden the learning opportunities and engagement at this time.

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.

Emerging Leader Scholarships  applications are closed.

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 – South Dakota Arts Council
Danielle Osloond – GreenInk Designs, Deadwood Mountain Grand

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

Keynotes | Presenters | Performers
Full Conference Schedule
Attendee List

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.

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

We’ve partnered with Pinnacle Productions to make this virtual experience exceed all expectations and keep everyone talking about how incredible the conference was. We couldn’t do this without their 4 P’s of core values, #PINNACLEFAM, Purpose, Passion & Perfection.