South Dakota State Arts Conference

Keynote Speakers, Presenters & Performers

The speakers, presenters & performers are subject to change as we work through the new virtual schedule. 


Mary Anne Carter
Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts

Opening Keynote
biography

Torrie Allen
President & CEO
Arts Midwest

Keynote
biography

Lori Pourier
President & CEO
First Peoples Fund

 Keynote
biography

PRE-CONFERENCE

Thursday,  October 29

The pre-conference is open to everyone, but will focus on community arts councils.

MAIN CONFERENCE

Thursday, October 29:

Janet Brown
Past President & CEO
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA)

Racial Equity and the Arts: Past Practice and New Beginnings
biography

Ann Taecker
Community Vitality Field Specialist
SDSU Extension

Show YOU the MONEY! Grant Writing to Fund Artists & Organizations
biography

Lawrence Diggs
Chaplain/Level 1 Volunteer/ South Dakota State Prison

Using the arts to help inmates connect with and maintain their humanity and lower recidivism.
biography

Linda Anderson
Executive Director
Black Hills Playhouse

Leveraging Technology For Success
biography

Deb Workman
Director of Education
Black Hills Playhouse

Leveraging Technology For Success
biography

Darla Drew Lerdal
Development Operations Manager
Black Hills Playhouse

Leveraging Technology For Success
biography

MAIN CONFERENCE

Friday, October 30:

Joshua Mauthe

Joshua Mauthe
Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Grants Workshop
biography

Dr. Craig Howe
Founder & Director
Center for American Indian Research & Native Studies (CAIRNS)

Why! A Wounded Knee Massacre Exhibit and Film: Takuwe
biography

MAIN CONFERENCE

Saturday, October 31:

Young Ae Kim
Associate Professor
South Dakota State University

Collaboration Is the way to Grow as an Artist
biography

Cory Knedler
Full Professor
University of South Dakota

Collaboration Is the way to Grow as an Artist
biography

Featured performers:

Kevin Locke

Kevin Locke
Lakota (Hunkpapa band) and Anishinaabe
Preeminent player of the Native American flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, fluent Lakota language and sign language speaker, and educator. He is most known for his hoop dance, The Hoop of Life.

Performance before Mary Anne Carter Keynote
biography

Gunner Jules
Sicangu Lakota music artist, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
singer/songwriter/producer

Performance before Lori Pourier Keynote
Instagram: @Gunner.Jules
biography

Christine Stewart
SDSU English Professor
South Dakota Poet Laureate

Performance before Torrie Allen Keynote
biography

Kevin Locke

Lang Termes
Musician

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Dick Termes
Visual Artist

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Markie Scholz
Dragons Are Too Seldom Puppet Productions

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Kevin Locke

Mila Belakova
Classical Pianist

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Christine Stewart
SDSU English Professor
South Dakota Poet Laureate

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Nina McIntire
Ivory Fantasy

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Kevin Locke

Dallas Chief Eagle
Grandpa Rock Wisdom Story

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary

Curtis & Loretta
original folk/stringed instruments

SDAC Touring Roster Artist
artist summary