PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Social Services (DSS) in Rapid City is hosting a special art exhibit in partnership with the Rapid City Arts council at the Dahl Arts Center. For the second year, children in foster care have the opportunity to display their art work during the entire month of April.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Department of Social Services encourages individuals and organizations to play a role in making Rapid City a better place for children and families.
“April is a time to celebrate the important role that our community plays in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Child Protective Services division director Virgena Wieseler. “By ensuring parents have knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children and families in our community.”
When law enforcement removes children from an unsafe home, the ultimate goal is to have children reunited with their family; however, some children may need placement with relatives or foster families. In order for children to stay connected to their family, community, school and culture, it’s important for a community to have foster families available.
“Children who come into foster care may have medical, emotional or behavioral needs,” said Wieseler. “The Rapid City area has a need for families to care for children of all ages, and a significant need for families who are able to care for children with special needs, sibling groups and for American Indian families to care for American Indian children.”
In Pennington County 356 children are currently in foster care. There are 91 licensed foster families in Pennington County. Over 80 percent of the children who come into care return home to their families within the first 12 months of placement.
The Foster One program was established in 2013 with the help of First Lady Linda Daugaard. The goal of Foster One is to raise awareness of the need for foster families in South Dakota. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent please call 605-343-2598, or visit our website at www.fosteronesd.org.
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Program presents the Black Hills Bounty Folklife Festival, featuring craft demonstrations, music and poetry performances from the many cultural groups and communities that call the Black Hills home.
This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 3, at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. Demonstrations will include fiber spinning, weaving, quilting and rug hooking; Norwegian woodworking and rosemaling; Lakota regalia and star quilts; blacksmithing, leatherwork, horsehair hitching; and motorcycle pinstriping. The performance schedule features old-time country music at 11 a.m., hoop dancing at noon, and cowboy poetry and stories at 1 p.m.
An exhibit of traditional arts from the region is also on display at the Dahl from June 2 through Aug. 19, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 2.
Black Hills Bounty is a project of the South Dakota Arts Council, in partnership with the Rapid City Arts Council and Arts South Dakota.
An office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council’s mission is to provide grants and services to artists, arts organizations and schools across the state with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of South Dakota.
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.
SPEARFISH… Black Hills State University photography student Caleb Munger has an exhibition Thursday, Jan. 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the Emerging Artists Gallery at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.
Caleb is a firefighter from Newcastle, Wyo. and has spent the past year creating a body of work illustrating the perils, triumphs, and human experience from the perspective of the firefighters themselves. His work gives us a glimpse into the realm of firefighting, which is not often seen.
Portion of Artist Statement: “As a photographer I want to document the world of firefighting. Being a third-generation volunteer fire fighter, as well as a seasonal fire fighter with the US Forest Service, has had an enormous influence on my work. The fire service is filled with adrenaline, excitement, and devastation. I want to show the primal beauty of fire while showing the dangerous and courageous acts of firefighters and firefighting.”