Arts South Dakota is excited to launch our new Arts Leadership Institute! Amazing arts and culture projects are happening all across South Dakota, but we are spread out and often isolated from our colleagues. With this program, we want to help support those who are doing the critical work of fostering their local creative communities.

The institute will take place regularly, providing multi-day deep dives into a changing set of topics of interest to many different types of arts organizations and their staff, volunteers, boards, and more. Equally important, they will provide time to gather with your colleagues to help strengthen the arts ecosystem across the state.

Presented virtually this year, two dynamic trainers will work with arts leaders on an important set of topics surround effective, efficient, and equitable non-profit boards. Additionally, each attendee will receive a packet of helpful resources and books by mail, as well as participate in smaller cohorts to discuss implementing what you have learned during the course.

All classes will take place from Noon-2:00PM CT / 11:00AM-1:00PM MT

Monday, May 17 – From Bored to Board: Crafting Effective Nonprofit Governance Part 1
Wednesday, May 19 – From Bored to Board: Crafting Effective Nonprofit Governance Part 2
Monday, May 24 – Cultural Self-Awareness as a Tool for Effective Change & Intercultural Development Inventory
Wednesday, May 26 – Course Wrap-up, Cohort Breakouts, and Implementation Conversation

Registration – $125 per attendee Lowered to $100 per attendee thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and partners! (Members of Arts South Dakota have all processing fees waived)
Group Registration – $75 per attendee for four or more attendees from the same organization.

Are you an upcoming arts leader, who is under 30 years old, or have been in the field as an arts administrator for less than 5 years at any age? Please send a short letter, including your bio and what you hope to get out of the class, to Community Development Director Andrew Reinartz at  to apply for a scholarship.


Brian Bonde is a nationally recognized expert in not-for-profit management and fundraising. He is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE), one of only 106 professionals worldwide to hold this distinguished designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Jesse is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, executive coach, and international speaker who has delivered over 400 speaking engagements at colleges, conferences, corporate and nonprofit companies, with a large number of Fortune 500 companies.

The Arts Leadership Institute is made possible by the generous grant support from: