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|

The arts build bridges in a divided society

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota As a musician, I’m aware of the unique way that music draws people together. As we play, musicians look out on audiences that are diverse—all ages, races, genders—and yet all moving to the beat of the same tune. The arts do that—bring us together around a single [...]

By |2020-11-20T10:39:37-06:00July 7th, 2020|

Financial relief for artists with new emergency fund

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota South Dakota’s working artists have been among the groups hardest hit by the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the best of times, artists must struggle to weave together a livelihood, and now this group is particularly vulnerable as their work relies on public gatherings and [...]

By |2020-11-20T10:40:33-06:00June 10th, 2020|

A message to South Dakota artists 

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota The path of an artist is not an easy one. It takes courage in the best of times and today we need you to be extra courageous, facing our current challenges with your creative spirit. That creativity will help us all negotiate the uncertainties of tomorrow, embrace [...]

By |2020-11-20T10:41:06-06:00May 19th, 2020|
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