A multitude of career options through the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Students are back in school, with art projects, band rehearsals and class plays stimulating young minds in classrooms throughout South Dakota. These educational experiences in the arts expand students’ horizons, develop critical thinking capabilities and spark creative joy. And for many, art classes, performances and creative endeavors [...]

By |2021-09-27T10:57:29-05:00September 27th, 2021|

Audiences enthusiastically embrace summer arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Throughout the state, artists, neighbors and visitors are finding a connection through the power of the arts—and gathering to embrace arts opportunities in South Dakota communities. The resiliency of our cultural community during the pandemic is inspiring. Artists, youth and community leaders have worked together to keep [...]

By |2021-08-24T16:52:31-05:00August 23rd, 2021|

New spaces illustrate commitment to SD arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota After a year of Zooming I was finally able to get out without my computer and marvel at the amazing state of create we live in. We've all been ready to get back to making and experiencing art—and it seems as if everything is happening at once. One [...]

By |2021-07-29T13:07:25-05:00July 29th, 2021|

Business leaders help grow community arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota In every South Dakota community, local business leaders are a driving force for strengthening the arts and helping to grow cultural opportunities. Traditionally, they are among the strongest community boosters—contributing time, talent and funding to activities that help define their hometowns. Business owners and executives understand the [...]

By |2021-06-29T11:25:41-05:00June 29th, 2021|

The arts are calling YOU to join in this summer

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The arts in South Dakota are alive this summer—and they are calling you to safely step into a renewed whirl of concerts, plays, performances and parks filled with arts opportunities. All over the state, summer programs are being announced and the activities that mark the arts season [...]

By |2021-05-12T09:37:18-05:00May 12th, 2021|

Federal funding for the arts is a vital investment

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The recent federal legislation to stimulate the economy included emergency aid to the National Endowment for the Arts to provide needed support to our national creative industry which has been devastated by the pandemic. The funding will enable states to direct relief allocations to local arts organizations [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:23:28-05:00April 12th, 2021|

Grassroots advocacy secures emergency funding for the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The South Dakota creative community has been one of the most severely impacted sectors of our state’s economy during the past year. Nearly 50% of South Dakota creative workers have been affected by unemployment, and over $205 million in economic losses were reported in creative economy businesses [...]

By |2021-03-16T13:14:27-05:00March 16th, 2021|

Serving South Dakota’s Statewide Arts Community | South Dakota Art Museum Guild Program

South Dakota Art Museum Guild Virtual Program: Serving South Dakota’s Statewide Arts Community Patrick Baker, Executive Director of the South Dakota Arts Council,   Jim Speirs, Executive Director of Arts South Dakota Feb. 23 Replay Patrick Baker, Executive Director of the South Dakota Arts Council, and Jim Speirs, Executive Director of Arts South Dakota, will talk [...]

By |2021-03-16T07:51:30-05:00February 23rd, 2021|

Celebrating award-winning service to the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota This month Governor Noem, along with the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota, presented the biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts. You can read about the recipients and their outstanding contributions at www.ArtsSouthDakota.org. Each is an inspiring example for all of us, often demonstrating a [...]

By |2021-02-17T10:13:50-06:00February 17th, 2021|

Arts advocacy begins with one voice

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota In South Dakota, arts advocates include community arts groups, statewide arts organizations and alliances for arts education and artists. As important as these groups of advocates are, real strength for the arts in South Dakota starts with one, single voice. And that voice could be YOURS. Why [...]

By |2021-01-07T11:51:41-06:00January 7th, 2021|
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