Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council, and Northern State University are taking the 21st annual Arts Education Institute (AEI) & 2nd annual Band Director Institute (BDI) ONLINE! Per the Board of Regents requirement that summer instruction remain online, we want to ensure the health and safety of all attending these institutes.

The Arts Education Institute (AEI) offers professional development in arts and learning for all South Dakota teachers and administrators Pre-K through 12th grade. AEI offers an educational and fun-filled week of learning to infuse the arts into classrooms and curriculum development. This year ONLINE art, choral & theatre workshops offer opportunities for all Pre-K through 12th grade educators.

The Band Director Institute (BDI) is an intensive program designed to expose music teachers to the best in current and standard literature in addition to teaching methods and materials. The ONLINE institute will include new band literature sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for band directors. The headline clinician will be Robert Sheldon, Director of Band Publications for Alfred Music.

AEI/BDI offers educators an affordable, high quality professional development experience that is relevant and directly applicable to the classroom, as well as inspirational and fun. A lot of information, ideas and interaction are packed into the week and allows for a creative break for teachers.

Educators don’t want to miss these exciting professional development opportunities. Graduate & renewal CEU credits are available. More information and registration can be found at

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

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.