Arts & Economic Prosperity Study 6 provides economic impact data on the non-profit arts in South Dakota.

Arts South Dakota, in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council and five South Dakota communities: Aberdeen, Brookings, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Yankton, has released a new study of South Dakota’s nonprofit arts and culture industry showing $363 million in economic activity generated in 2022. Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) is an economic and social impact study by Americans for the Arts.
During Fiscal Year 2022 in the state of South Dakota, the non-profit arts & culture sector provided:
      • $362,987,163 in economic activity
      • 6,054 jobs
      • 6,455,088 attendees to arts & culture events
In spite of the effects of the pandemic just prior to this study, the non-profit arts are strong in South Dakota! Find more detailed information on the impacts in the study materials below, as well as more information about the five local studies of creative communities across the state.
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Why the Arts Matter in South Dakota

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2023

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