By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota

The arts touch the lives of everyone in South Dakota—and the biennial State Arts Conference is a celebration for anyone who enjoys our state’s creative culture. The conference runs June 7-8 in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion. Now is the time to mark your calendar and look forward to making new friends and learning new ways to advocate for the arts in your community.

This year’s conference in Sioux Falls explores the impact of the arts on health and healing, local and state government, accessibility and inclusion, and in the everyday lives of people of all ages. National arts leaders, artists, creators and folks like you who work to make the arts happen in our communities will all be on hand for keynote addresses, learning workshops and informal interactions. You have a lot to talk about with these people—and this is your chance to join the conversation! For a complete program of opportunities at this year’s State Arts Conference, check out the list at Every session is packed with information that will improve your ability to advocate, create and enjoy the arts. You’ll be connecting with old friends, forging new creative bonds and sharing a memorable experience!

When people gather at cultural happenings like the 2024 State Arts Conference, new lines of communication are formed, innovative alliances are created and the state becomes more connected, as we make our creative community stronger. Please join me in Sioux Falls to help build the future of the arts across South Dakota and celebrate our unique creative environment. It’s going to be a great time—I hope to see you there!

To check out the schedules, performances, speakers and learning opportunities, and to register for the 2024 State Arts Conference, visit