Arts South Dakota maintains close relationships with South Dakota’s political leaders and often sends letters to our local, state, and national delegation, informing them of arts advocacy issues and concerns in our state.  We will update this page with letters sent by director Jim Speirs for reference.

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April 2024 – FY25 NEA Funding – Sen. Thune | Sen. Rounds | Rep. Johnson

November 2023 – Thank you letter to Rep. Johnson for supporting the NEA

March 2023 – Letter to all three congressional delegates RE: NEA funding

March 2023 – Letter to State Senators oppose HB 1116 smoke out

February 2023 – Letter to Senate Education Committee Chair Kyle Schoenfish HB 1116

January 2023 – Letter to all new state representatives & senators

August 2022 – Letter to Sioux Falls City Council

August 2022 – Recent NEA vote – Rep. Dusty Johnson

May 2022 -NEA Funding in FY 2023 – Sen. Rounds | Sen. Thune | Rep. Johnson

October 2021 – “Arts Education for All” Act: Letter to Rep. Johnson

June 2021 – Business leaders help grow the arts.  Rapid City | Sioux Falls

February 2021 – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

February 2021 – Letter to SD DOE Secretary Sanderson

December 2020 – new Covid-19 relief package: Letter to Sen. Rounds

December 2020 – second round of PPP support from the SBA: Letter to Sen. Thune

August 2020: Municipal Advocacy Letter

July 2020- Federal Covid Assistance: Letter to Rep. Johnson | Letter to Sen. Rounds | Letter to Sen. Thune

March 2020 – Arts Economic Relief:  Letter to Sen. Rounds | Letter to Sen. Thune

April 2019: Letter to Superintendent Maher

December 2018: Dale Lamphere letter to Governor-elect Noem

July 2018: Rapid City Elevate Letter

February 2018: Testimony HB 1206 | Haugaard HB1206 Tax Committee letter

March 2017:  Letter to Sen. Thune – NEA funding