Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

We are collecting responses from candidates for the South Dakota Legislature and US Congress. Arts South Dakota does not endorse candidates for public office and will publish all responses verbatim. WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING RESPONSES. PLEASE COMPLETE SOON.

Please complete this form if you are running for the South Dakota Congressional race.


    Congratulations on your candidacy for elected office. This quick survey will take you about 5-10 minutes to complete, and will help our organizations’ members get to know you better. With a reach of over 5,000 individuals, organizations and businesses, Arts South Dakota will share your responses with our statewide constituents in the Fall issue of Arts Alive, in our weekly e-newsletter, in our monthly column distributed to every weekly and daily newspaper in South Dakota, on our social media channels, and on our website,

    Thank you for your time.

  • Basic Arts Background of Candidate

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  • South Dakota Arts Council

    The South Dakota Arts Council is a state agency serving South Dakotans and their communities through the arts.

    The South Dakota Arts Council receives support from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

    In FY20, the South Dakota Arts Council awarded $1.36 million in grant support to arts organizations, schools, artists and other nonprofit organizations to support arts projects and programs throughout the state, resulting in $27.64 million in local spending on supported projects and programs.

    FY20 Arts Council Grants Announcement
    FY20 Grants by City
    FY19 Annual Report

  • The budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was cut in half during the 1990s. With its current funding of $155 million, the NEA spends just 47 cents per American—half the cost of a pack of gum.
  • With the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states now have more responsibility for providing a well-rounded education – including the arts. Support for arts education can best be done when states are provided adequate funding and resources to administer, research and provide accountability for arts education programs.Would you support full funding ($1.6 billion) of the Well-Rounded Education provisions of ESSA, including data collection of arts education programs by the states and advocating for the expansion of STEM education to STEAM by incorporating arts education?
  • As a result of tax reform changes in 2017, the charitable tax deduction incentive is now only available to high income bracket individuals who still itemize their deductions. The pool of itemizers has now been significantly diminished.
  • Currently, the creative economy is an impressive $804 billion industry, representing 4.3% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. However, the artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofit organizations that generate this GDP are often disconnected from our nation’s economic development and assistance programs.
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  • Arts South Dakota

    Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.
  • We believe arts education stimulates creativity, communications and learning, and that arts education is an essential tool for reaching youth at risk.
  • We believe the arts are an intrinsic part of the well-being of our communities, and that the arts play an important role in economic development and tourism.
  • We seek the support and endorsement of individuals, businesses and government.