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Day of Giving, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Join us and donate to Arts South Dakota for the inaugural #GivingDay in South Dakota! This year, we’re pleased to be supporting the new Arts Initiative at the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.

Any gift you give between Veterans Day (11/12/2018) and the Day of Giving (11/27/2018) will go to support and honor our state’s Veterans. Donate, share your news, and join hundreds of South Dakotans in supporting non-profits and make this first Giving Day a success!

Read a column by our Executive Director, Jim Speirs, about the Day of Giving.

What is the Veterans Home Arts Initiative?

Our Veterans have important stories to tell, and in South Dakota we value their service and want to provide service to them in return.

Engagement in the arts increases healing and quality of life. The arts programming at the State Veterans Home will include many activities. These will include programs like concerts & residencies from writers, hoop dancers, painters, theater groups, and musicians. Elders’ Wisdom is a program that will bring school children from the community to listen to their elders from the Veterans Home, after which the students will write these narratives down and work with a regional songwriter to create songs based on these narratives.

The SD Humanities Council is also joining as a partner for an initiative like the one being developed that seeks to engage, honor, and preserve veterans’ histories and perspectives through arts and cultural programming, including speakers from their Chautauqua-like Speakers Bureau, and the Book Club to Go program, which encourages book clubs and other reading groups to gather and discuss literature, with a plethora of book options available from SDHC’s lending library, including many with military and war themes.

We need your help to kickstart this new program! Every dollar you give for Giving Day will go to support this innovative new set of programming to support our military veterans.

What is the Day of Giving?

What’s a Giving Day? – South Dakota’s first-ever state-wide giving day kicks off at midnight on Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018 and continues until 11:59pm that night. Nonprofit 501 (c)(3)organizations across the state will unite to celebrate generosity by asking their community of supporters to, together, raise as much money as possible for non-profits across the state.

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018, people like you who love South Dakota have an opportunity to ignite a movement of giving all across the state ( Our state’s Day of Giving is unique, in large part as the organizing group will take $0 of the donations this first year, passing through all of the donations to the individual non-profits. That means every dollar you give goes directly to supporting our Veterans in South Dakota!