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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|

Finding hope and inspiration in the new year—with the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Many of us feel that there has never been such political strife or widespread social unrest in our lifetimes. We have all been living through a very stressful time. It’s easy to wonder if our torn social fabric is beyond repair. When the National Guard is called [...]

By |2020-12-10T10:29:19-06:00December 10th, 2020|

Giving this season to keep the arts strong

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota This year, the holidays will be different for all of us. Maybe that’s a reason to give more unique gifts—gifts that support and enhance the work of South Dakota artists. There are so many choices, with something very special for each name on your list.  It’s easy [...]

By |2020-11-23T11:43:23-06:00November 23rd, 2020|

It’s more important than ever to Vote smART!

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota This year’s election is vitally important to the arts in South Dakota. The pandemic response has dramatically illustrated the significance of self-expression, creative endeavors and the role of artists in our daily lives. At the same time, artists and performers are limited in their ability to earn, [...]

By |2020-11-20T10:26:49-06:00October 6th, 2020|

Let’s get original with public art on the Capitol  

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Arts South Dakota supports public art of all varieties. Our organization often features the multitude of great public art projects happening across South Dakota in our magazine, Arts Alive. And in a creative place like our state, there always seems to be an important new piece of [...]

By |2020-11-20T10:29:32-06:00September 9th, 2020|

Back to school with the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota While the educational experience has changed in South Dakota—with virtual learning, staggered schedules and a variety of measures to cope with the pandemic—every community understands how vital it is to keep kids learning. The arts have played a vital role for all of us throughout 2020, and [...]

By |2020-11-20T10:29:53-06:00August 17th, 2020|