We’re all better together—with the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Last year at this time, most of us were grappling with a holiday season spent in varying degrees of isolation, making connections that mostly involved zoom sessions, virtual concerts and family gatherings around multiple computer screens. We made the best of things, looking forward to a time [...]

By |2021-12-17T10:54:25-06:00December 17th, 2021|

Supporting local arts beats supply chain worries

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota As the holiday shopping season approaches with the speed of a runaway train, we are being warned about this year’s unusual supply chain woes, as stores struggle to stock shelves. Every industry from auto production to dog grooming is prone to supply chain slowdowns, shortages and unavailabilities. [...]

By |2021-11-17T11:46:13-06:00November 17th, 2021|

Arts education expansion proposed in Congress

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for comprehensive legislation to increase access to arts education. The Arts Education for All Act will support and encourage arts education and programming for children, K-12 students, and youth and adults involved in the justice system. [...]

By |2021-10-22T11:22:34-05:00October 22nd, 2021|

A multitude of career options through the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Students are back in school, with art projects, band rehearsals and class plays stimulating young minds in classrooms throughout South Dakota. These educational experiences in the arts expand students’ horizons, develop critical thinking capabilities and spark creative joy. And for many, art classes, performances and creative endeavors [...]

By |2021-09-27T10:57:29-05:00September 27th, 2021|

Community Creativity Conversations – Sisseton Public Art Collaborations and Learning As You Go

PRESENTERS Sandi Jaspers - Sisseton Area Arts Council Jane Rasmussen - Sisseton Area Arts Council Inkpa Mani - Artist Nicholas Blaske - Executive Director Sisseton Area Chamber of Commerce, Artist SLIDE DECK In 2020-2021, the community of Sisseton embarked on a number of exciting public art projects. Starting with sculpture installations in two [...]

By |2022-07-19T13:50:39-05:00August 31st, 2021|

Audiences enthusiastically embrace summer arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Throughout the state, artists, neighbors and visitors are finding a connection through the power of the arts—and gathering to embrace arts opportunities in South Dakota communities. The resiliency of our cultural community during the pandemic is inspiring. Artists, youth and community leaders have worked together to keep [...]

By |2021-08-24T16:52:31-05:00August 23rd, 2021|

Growing Season: Navigating new grant opportunities for SD arts and humanities organizations

PRESENTERS Dr. Ann Volin – South Dakota Humanities Council Hattie Seten – South Dakota Humanities Council Patrick Baker – South Dakota Arts Council Kathryn Vandel – South Dakota Arts Council SLIDE DECK Join staff from the SD Arts Council and SD Humanities Council for “Growing Season,” a webinar covering the ins and outs [...]

By |2022-07-19T13:51:14-05:00August 19th, 2021|

Apply now: Rebuild & reimagine with new grant funding for SD non-profits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Shari Kosel Program & Communications Director Arts South Dakota shari@artssouthdakota.org 605.252.5979 ext. 1   PIERRE / BROOKINGS, S.D.; AUGUST 10, 2021 — The South Dakota Arts and Humanities Councils are coming together to support future programming of organizations invested in arts and humanities. The grants through the American Rescue Plan are [...]

By |2021-08-10T13:12:02-05:00August 10th, 2021|

New spaces illustrate commitment to SD arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota After a year of Zooming I was finally able to get out without my computer and marvel at the amazing state of create we live in. We've all been ready to get back to making and experiencing art—and it seems as if everything is happening at once. One [...]

By |2021-07-29T13:07:25-05:00July 29th, 2021|
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