From:  Patrick Baker, Executive Director

We are pleased to announce the new guidelines and application forms for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants program of the South Dakota Arts Council for State Fiscal Year 2023. The application deadline for this program is March 1, 2022, for projects that run from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.

These grants support the instruction of traditional music, crafts, dance, and other activities. A skilled master artist works with a selected apprentice to pass on traditional knowledge and techniques. These grants are part of SDAC’s mission to ensure that the state’s rich artistic cultural heritage remains strong and vibrant.

If you are interested in teaching your traditional art form, or learning more from a master, please consider applying. The funding level is $5,000, which can be used to pay the master’s fee and for tools, supplies, travel expenses, and other costs of the apprenticeship. We encourage you to apply online at If preferable, you may also complete the attached application form (or find the form online at; be sure to follow all instructions and mail the completed application to South Dakota Arts Council, 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

SDAC is pleased to offer a video option for submitting the application as an alternative to the written application. Please view the attached grant guidelines and contact us for more details.

If you have any questions or need assistance in preparing an application, please get contact Annie Hatch, SDAC Traditional Arts Program Manager, 605-608-0490, If you don’t have an interest in applying this year, please pass the booklet on to another artist in your community or encourage others to visit our website or contact us for more info.