South Dakota artists, arts advocates, arts organization members, art lovers and community leaders will gather online for the 2020 State Arts Conference October 29-31. The conference, sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota, features presentations from Mary Anne Carter, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts; Torrie Allen, President and CEO of Arts Midwest; Lori Pourier, President and CEO of First People’s Fund, and Lori L. Jacobwith, Fundraising Culture Change Expert & Master Storyteller with Ignited Fundraising. 

The 2020 State Arts Conference will be a place to learn and network with others who share a connection to South Dakota’s cultural community. A variety of practical online sessions will be offered during the conference, with opportunities to acquire new skills to impact the arts in communities throughout the state. 

Sessions will be offered in over a dozen tracks, including community arts; professional development for artists and organizations; equity, inclusion and accessibility; arts education; rural arts; storytelling; tourism and the arts; fundraising and grant-writing; nonprofit arts; the arts and health; digital marketing; arts advocacy, and board development. Full details and more information on workshop presenters at this year’s State Arts Conference are available on the Arts South Dakota website,

“The sessions were chosen to provide inspiration to artists, arts advocates, community arts volunteers and our statewide arts organizations,” said conference coordinator Shari Kosel. “There’s truly something for everyone—experiences that our statewide arts community can use to chart a pathway to even greater success.”  

Registration is now open for all of the online sessions scheduled throughout the conference weekend. For costs, schedules and online registration, go to

Arts South Dakota, funded entirely by donor contributions and grants, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose primary purpose is to enrich 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.

For more information, contact Shari Kosel, Arts South Dakota Program & Communications Director, at or phone (605) 252-5979, Ext. 1.