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#StateOfCreate puts South Dakota arts in the spotlight

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The South Dakota Department of Tourism, in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council, has launched a social media campaign, #StateOfCreate—and we think it’s great. Tourism and the arts are vital partners in our creative life and our economy, and you can track the campaign by following [...]

By |2019-11-07T09:57:04-06:00November 7th, 2019|

En Route to sharing our cultural heritage

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The strength of South Dakota’s creative community comes from its diversity, weaving together threads from all cultures across our lands and celebrating through the arts our common connections. This is especially meaningful to consider as we celebrate Native American Day and the first people to call this [...]

By |2019-10-16T10:45:53-06:00October 16th, 2019|

National arts leader sees the best of South Dakota

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Recently one of the people helping to bring arts funding to South Dakota toured our state and was blown away by the diversity and quality of our cultural environment. Michael Orlove directs National Endowment for the Arts funding and other assistance to 56 state and jurisdictional arts [...]

By |2019-09-11T14:55:31-06:00September 11th, 2019|

There’s no substitute for face-to-face meetings

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota During the summer, Arts South Dakota co-hosted a number of Arts Happy Hours around the state, from Hill City to Aberdeen and from Yankton to Faulkton. Situated in popular local after-hours gathering spots, the events brought neighbors together in an informal atmosphere to share ideas, concerns, program [...]

By |2019-08-15T10:52:59-06:00August 15th, 2019|

Arts Education Institute connects schools to the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The arts should be a part of every classroom—and the arts can make every subject fun to learn. That’s one lesson of the Arts Education Institute, being held July 15-18 on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen. Over 100 South Dakota teachers, administrators and arts [...]

By |2019-07-08T16:13:32-06:00July 8th, 2019|

Band directors are the musical heart of our communities

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota For many of us, the portal to the joys of making music was opened by a band director during our school years. Those first tentative notes became an exciting new skill, shared by other band members as we learned one of mankind’s first art forms. Band directors [...]

By |2019-06-12T14:17:04-06:00June 12th, 2019|

Arts Education Institute celebrates 20 years of inspiration

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota This year, the week of July 15-18 will mark the 20th annual Arts Education Institute—two decades of providing inspiration, new ideas and networking opportunities to art teachers, administrators and South Dakota arts education advocates. It’s not too late to register for this year’s event, which adds a [...]

By |2019-05-16T11:41:23-06:00May 16th, 2019|

Volunteers are the heart of community arts councils

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota One of the most vital forces celebrating the creative spirit in South Dakota is the network of community arts councils that spans our state. From Leola to Sioux Falls and from Highmore to Rapid City, community arts councils initiate cultural activities, sponsor hometown performances and are often [...]

By |2019-04-11T14:56:40-06:00April 11th, 2019|

Poetry Out Loud connects arts and education 

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota When 12 high school students took their turns reciting poetry on stage in Sioux Falls during the Poetry Out Loud state championships, they were dramatizing the power of the arts. Each student stood in the spotlight, bringing words to life with stunning confidence. Each student had chosen—or [...]

By |2019-03-25T16:55:44-06:00March 25th, 2019|

The arts make winter one of our liveliest seasons

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Winter in South Dakota can be an exciting time, with sports and activities getting us out of the house to enjoy life during the colder months. And no matter what the weather, the arts put on a great show during the winter, offering many ways to warm [...]

By |2019-02-25T12:43:48-06:00February 25th, 2019|