We initiate, coordinate and sponsor programs statewide.

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ArtsCorr provided participatory exposure to the arts for incarcerated youth in South Dakota’s state juvenile correctional facility, STAR Academy, before its closing in 2016. The successful twenty-year program included artist residencies, correctional staff training and integration of the arts into educational programs. A pilot program at Sequel Transition Academy in Sioux Falls occurred in May 2018 and at Aurora Plains Academy in May 2019. ArtsCorr is administered by Arts South Dakota with support from the South Dakota Arts Council and the SD Department of Corrections.


Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature is held biennially, alternating years with the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This day serves to heighten awareness and appreciation of the arts for our legislators and other decision-makers.  SAVE THE DATE: February 2022.

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Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council continue to co- sponsor a public awareness campaign emphasizing the value of the arts to individuals, communities and our state. The Executive Director of Arts South Dakota is a registered lobbyist with the Secretary of State and informs Legislators and Executive branch officials on arts issues.


Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council, and Northern State University sponsor the annual Arts Education Institute, providing quality professional development in the arts and arts in education for South Dakota teachers Pre-K-12. The Institute provides hands-on arts workshops for teachers and administrators and instruction on how to incorporate into their classroom.

SAVE THE DATE:  JULY 12-16, 2021 22nd annual Arts Education Institute & 3rd annual Band Director Institute

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Education is not complete without the arts. Arts South Dakota believes all children in our state should have the opportunity to experience and participate in art forms that enhance life-long learning by expanding curiosity, creativity, team-building skills and self-worth. Partnering with the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC), we work to raise the standards and extend the reach of arts in education through schools and organizations across our state by offering programming such as Arts Education Institute, ArtsCorr, POETRY Out loud, and general advocacy and awareness.

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Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council travel the state each spring, meeting with the local arts community to talk about what’s going on. Ideas and issues merge into the design of programs and services for the arts and arts education in South Dakota.


The Governor’s Awards are sponsored biennially by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Awards recognize South Dakota’s finest artists and supporters of the arts. They are given for: Distinction in Creative Achievement; Outstanding Support of the Arts by and Individual; Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Business or Organization; Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education; and Outstanding Support of the Arts to Native Nations with Lands in South Dakota. Recipients are honored at a prestigious banquet attended by artists, arts patrons and government officials. SAVE THE DATE: February 10, 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Awards are open September 1 – November 15, 2020

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The intention of the workshop structure is to encourage critical thinking about the intersections of Lakota history, culture, land and art on the one hand, and non-Lakota perspectives of important places and events on the other. We will strive for a more nuanced awareness of the broader historical and contemporary relationships between American Indians and non-Indians, through an experience of Lakota arts, land, and culture. Intellectually, it is built on rigor and reliability, and the experientially involves being at the exact site where important events happened while exploring collaborative workshop content.

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The state arts conference is held every two years at different locations across South Dakota. Workshops, panel discussions, plenary sessions focus on key areas such as racial equity, arts education, fundraising, local arts councils, grant-writing, and marketing/social media. Arts leaders are invited to attend and provide keynote presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the conference will be held virtually October 29-31, 2020. REGISTER TODAY!

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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. Coming soon!

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Art affects us all.

Arts SD informs Legislators, Executive branch officials and the South Dakota Congressional delegation on arts issues.

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Education is not complete without the arts.

Arts SD believes all children in our state have the opportunity to experience and participate in art.

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Our work enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors.

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