We inform Legislators, Executive branch officials and SD Congressional delegation on arts issues.

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State Capitol courtesy SD Department of Tourism

Advocacy Alerts are emailed on an as-needed basis as issues arise locally and nationally.  Sign up to receive our weekly email to be kept informed of all arts related issues in South Dakota.

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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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Advocacy Tools

American Rescue Plan – Arts Sector Opportunities | May 2021

Tools and tactics to talk to your school board, city council, state and national legislators, and others to help make your voice heard.

Here are the facts about the arts in South Dakota – The arts profoundly impact all South Dakotans

Why the Arts Matter in South Dakota

Arts South Dakota partnered with LEAD South Dakota to present a grassroots advocacy training seminar

10 Reasons to Invest in Your Local Arts Agency During a Crisis

10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2023

Advocacy and Awareness

Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council continue to co- sponsor a public awareness campaign emphasizing the value of the arts to individuals, communities and our state. The Executive Director of Arts South Dakota is a registered lobbyist with the Secretary of State and informs Legislators and Executive branch officials on arts issues.

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature serves to heighten awareness and appreciation of the arts for our legislators and other decision-makers.

February 14, 2024
State Capitol, Pierre

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As a service to our statewide membership and constituents, Arts South Dakota is conducting a survey of candidates for the South Dakota Legislature, United States Representative & United States Senate, asking for their perspectives on the arts and government.

As the state’s only arts advocacy group, Arts South Dakota is the public partner to the state arts agency. We do not endorse candidates for public office and all responses are published verbatim.

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Arts South Dakota, in collaboration with Media One Advertising and Marketing Agency, worked together to design an eye-catching and informative poster. The goal is to highlight various career paths that can stem from studying the arts, encouraging students to pursue their passions and consider careers they might not have initially considered.

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Organizational members and individual donors of Arts South Dakota are kept informed of opportunities and issues through our magazine, ARTS ALIVE, which includes information on artists, local arts organizations, and the South Dakota Arts Council. Members also receive weekly updates and alerts on education, advocacy issues, events and programs through our weekly arts events emails sent every Monday afternoon.

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We hope you help us spread that message by downloading these infographic panels to use online, on social media, and in print. Our full, folded infographic brochure is shareable via jpgor pdf. Use the hashtag #artsadvocacy when sharing via social media.

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The arts profoundly impact all South Dakotans! There’s an arts advocate in everyone who understands the importance of cultural connections and power of creativity in transforming our society. The first thing to know about advocating for the arts is that the place to start is right in your own neighborhood. We hope this interactive map will provide timely and significant information related to the arts in your county and across South Dakota.

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