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 |2018-07-06T08:43:46-05:00July 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 |2018-10-24T10:10:17-05:00June 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 |2018-05-14T09:52:53-05:00May 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 |2018-04-09T16:35:30-05:00April 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 |2018-03-18T13:43:32-05:00March 8th, 2018|

Welcome to South Dakota’s front door to the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Arts South Dakota’s newly designed website,, is the front door to our state’s arts scene—and it’s always open! The website is a powerful tool, placing arts and cultural information from every corner of South Dakota on the screen of any device. The new, easier to use [...]

By |2018-02-15T12:15:35-05:00February 15th, 2018|

Arts Advocacy Day celebrates importance of the arts

By Jim Speirs, Executive Director, Arts South Dakota Each year artists, arts administrators and citizens who understand the importance of South Dakota’s creative culture gather in Pierre during the legislative session for Arts Advocacy Day. This year the event falls on Thursday, February 8—and you are invited to join in the celebration of our state’s [...]

By |2018-01-13T10:36:27-05:00January 10th, 2018|

South Dakota arts make great gifts

Would you like to present holiday gifts this year that are wonderfully original, totally appreciated and perfectly unique? Give the work of South Dakota artists! You can choose from a multitude of gifts, specially selected for each name on your list. It’s easy to give the gift of South Dakota creativity. Choose a book by [...]

By |2018-01-13T10:33:37-05:00December 10th, 2017|

A creative home for our veterans

Connecting South Dakota’s veterans to arts opportunities By South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels South Dakota has always stepped forward in defense of our nation, with a high percentage of our population volunteering for all branches of military service. As a result, our state has a wealth of veterans, proud representatives of each generation that [...]

By |2018-01-13T10:33:37-05:00November 6th, 2017|

One local voice can make magic happen

South Dakota is blessed with a variety of volunteer community arts groups, statewide arts institutions and strong partnerships for arts education and artists. As important as these organizations are, the real strength for the arts in every South Dakota community starts locally, and it starts with one voice. Will that voice be YOURS? In some [...]

By |2018-01-13T10:33:37-05:00October 24th, 2017|