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About Jim Speirs

Jim Speirs plays trumpet throughout the region and resides in Sioux Falls. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University and is the Executive Director of South Dakota’s statewide arts advocacy organization, Arts South Dakota.

Partner with the arts this season 

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Look around your community and chances are you’ll discover the arts everywhere this season. Maybe there's a play at the school, or a choral concert celebrating the holidays. You may find an arts and crafts fair that is an annual tradition or perhaps your community has a [...]

By |2018-12-10T11:38:34+00:00December 10th, 2018|

Giving thanks for our arts opportunities 

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota This time of year, as the harvest is gathered in, we often pause to reflect on the many things we, as South Dakotans, are uniquely thankful for. Among those things that make life worth living here on the prairie is the impressive array of arts and cultural [...]

By |2018-11-12T11:01:49+00:00November 12th, 2018|

Vote smART on November 6

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The arts give us all an opportunity to express ourselves, and there is no time to express yourself like Election Day. This year, on November 6, you can help shape the future of our state and our nation in a way that people in other countries only [...]

By |2018-10-17T10:30:03+00:00October 17th, 2018|

A grassroots approach to arts advocacy

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota 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.  Your enthusiasm for the [...]

By |2018-10-24T09:56:56+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Day of Giving encourages focus on community arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The South Dakota Day of Giving is a new statewide program launched to promote local philanthropy across the state. Led by South Dakota Gives, the program enables local nonprofits—including community arts councils—to get involved in this new campaign and leverage the marketing around the event to promote [...]

By |2018-10-24T10:08:07+00:00August 21st, 2018|

Arts help businesses innovate in rural settings

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Many people today mistakenly believe that urban areas are innovative and rural areas are not. While a relatively small number of major metropolitan areas do attract and foster innovation and creativity, recent research shows that rural areas are also attracting innovation and creativity—and that the arts play [...]

By |2018-07-06T08:43:46+00:00July 6th, 2018|

Enjoy summer roads with art in all directions

By James D. Hagen, South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Visitors to South Dakota enjoy an incredible range of cultural and artistic events every summer throughout our state. Many plan their trips to South Dakota around a visit to Mount Rushmore, but our state shows travelers that the arts are a vital part of who we [...]

By |2018-10-24T10:10:17+00:00June 11th, 2018|

Be culturally adventurous this summer

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Summer is a great season to discover something new in the arts, to get away from your normal routine and be culturally adventurous. One of the great things about living in South Dakota is that we have so many ways to explore new artistic and cultural pathways. [...]

By |2018-05-14T09:52:53+00:00May 14th, 2018|

Be a part of the State Arts Conference

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The excitement is building for the State Arts Conference being held in Sioux Falls May 4-5. The weekend will be packed with fascinating arts and cultural activities for South Dakotans of all ages and I hope you will join us. SculptureWalk Sioux Falls is installing dozens of [...]

By |2018-04-09T16:35:30+00:00April 9th, 2018|

You’re invited to the State Arts Conference

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota South Dakotans from every corner of the state are invited to be part of the State Arts Conference in Sioux Falls May 4-5. The conference will be a celebration of our state’s unique cultural heritage and vibrant arts network—and you can join in the excitement! The South [...]

By |2018-03-18T13:43:32+00:00March 8th, 2018|