By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota

The inaugural issue of South Dakota Arts Journal just came out this month and we’re already receiving enthusiastic reviews from thousands of South Dakotans who are members of Arts South Dakota or subscribers to South Dakota Magazine.

The collector’s first edition of South Dakota Arts Journal is a celebration of South Dakota’s creative culture, with features on sculptor Dale Lamphere, the legacy of Yanktonai painter Oscar Howe and a renewed interest in South Dakota’s first poet laureate, Badger Clark. Readers will find poetry and other stories that demonstrate why the arts are unique and important to South Dakota and the wider world. It’s a compendium of fascinating arts experiences, packed into one convenient issue.

South Dakota Arts Journal is also a vital part of bringing arts stories to a wider audience. We are anticipating a total readership of 160,000 people across the nation, a larger number than for any previous state arts publication. And the size and scope of South Dakota Arts Journal gives us the chance to tell stories in depth and explore more topics of interest in each year’s issue of the magazine.

This new source of arts information in South Dakota would not be possible without the support and participation of individuals, organizations and businesses all across our state. The South Dakota Arts Journal is a collaboration between South Dakota Magazine, the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota, along with sponsors and readers like you. The publication is available from newsstands across South Dakota or directly from South Dakota Magazine. Please pick up a copy, or if you already have one of the inaugural issues, we hope you’ll share it with others—or send copies to your friends and relatives in other states. 

Our culture is rich with talent, diversity and promise. South Dakota Arts Journal is a yearbook-like celebration and reflection of the amazing endeavors achieved here that we’re proud to share with everyone.

Please visit for more about South Dakota Arts Journal and ways to get your copy today!