Applications Open For South Dakota Arts Council Funding Opportunities

December 21, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council is now accepting applications for our FY19 funding support. Artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit organizations are invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council to assist in funding arts projects and programs throughout the state. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

South Dakota artists may apply for funding through five grant programs:

  • Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded to South Dakota artists of exceptional talent in any discipline or medium to recognize past artistic achievement and encourage future artistic growth.
  • Artist Project Grants between $1,000 and $2,000 are matching grants for talented South Dakota artists in any discipline or medium to fund specific arts-related projects that not only further the artist’s career but also benefit the public in some way.
  • Artist Career Development Grants of $2,000 are designed to provide financial support to emerging artists committed to advancing their work and careers as artists.
  • Artist Collaboration Grants encourage South Dakota artists to collaborate among themselves or with an out-of-state artist in the creation of a joint project or activity that will significantly benefit the artists and the state. A maximum of $6,000 may be requested.
  • Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants promote the continuation of folk and traditional arts and culture by providing up to $4,000 in support of a master folk artist to teach qualified apprentices.

South Dakota nonprofit organizations can seek funding support in the following categories this year:

  • Arts Challenge Grants provide general operating support to non-profit arts organizations with annual budgets greater than $20,000. The Arts Challenge Grants program is divided into two categories, based on budget size.
  • Statewide Services Grants fund statewide cultural service organizations partnering with the South Dakota Arts Council to help meet the goals of the SDAC’s long-range plan. Applicants must be invited to apply in this category.
  • Project Grants assist non-profit organizations in the presentation of a single arts event or a series of similar and related arts activities that benefit the general public.
  • Importation of Musicians Grants enable small South Dakota orchestras that do not receive funding in another grant category to improve the quality of their performance seasons by importing musicians from outside their local communities to supplement local orchestra personnel.

Applicants have until March 1, 2018, to apply for projects and activities that will occur July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Application instructions and the link to our online grant system are available at www.artscouncil.sd.gov. Applications must be submitted online through the South Dakota Arts Council’s e-grant system. Hard-copy applications submitted through the mail will not be accepted, with the exception of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants.

Applicants should review the eligibility requirements, granting criteria and the application procedure on the website before beginning the application process.

SDAC staff will be available to help assess specific needs and assist in the development of grant proposals for artists and nonprofit organizations. Contact the South Dakota Arts Council by calling 605-773-3301 or by emailing sdac@state.sd.us with any questions.

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.

South Dakota’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” Float Appears in the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Photo: South Dakota Department of Tourism.

PIERRE, S.D. — R&B icon Smokey Robinson will perform on the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

For the eighth year in a row, the “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float will appear in the parade. An estimated 3 million spectators will watch from New York while more than 50 million television viewers watch nationwide. The goal of this effort by the Department of Tourism is to drive new and repeat visitors to the state and to generate brand awareness.

Smokey Robinson will be joined by the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s Mount Rushmore mascots.

The float will make its national appearance on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 23rd, between 9 a.m. and noon in all time zones.

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.

SOUTH DAKOTA LT. GOV MICHELS ANNOUNCES VETERANS ARTS INITIATIVE

The signing for the State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative.  Pictured: (rear l-r)Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Dan McKee (former chair), Lt. Gov. Matt Michels,  (front l-r)Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney (vice chair) and Jay Dick with Americans for the Arts.

PIERRE – Last month, Lt. Gov. Matt Michels was selected to serve as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville, TN. As chair, Michels announced the group’s initiative for the year would be to focus on connecting veterans with opportunities in the arts.

Now, in partnership with the Michael J Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, the South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office is working to design comprehensive arts residency programming for the State Veterans Home and community of Hot Springs. The veterans arts program will be designed around a central storytelling component and include professional artists-in-residence from all arts disciplines.

“I’m excited to begin working on this program, as are all of our partners,” said Michels. “We’ve already developed a concept for the program, and it will take some time to get it designed and implemented. But this will be a wonderful investment to help our state’s honorable veterans share and celebrate their stories.”

Arts South Dakota, funded entirely by donor contributions and grants, is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation whose primary purpose is to advance the arts in South Dakota through service, education and advocacy.

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.

Black Hills Bounty Folklife Festival Will Showcase South Dakota Traditional Artist

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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.

RENOWNED ARTISTS’ WORK ADDED TO STATE COLLECTION

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Arthur Amiotte
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Mary Groth

 

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Mary Groth

 

 

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Arts Council announces the addition of three new pieces to the Art in State Buildings collection.

Commissioned pieces by Arthur Amiotte and Mary Groth were completed and installed over the summer. These artworks were purchased with FY16 funds for the program, and were commissioned from the prominent South Dakota artists.

Amiotte is a scholar and artist, born in 1942 in Pine Ridge, S.D. His work has been showcased in more than 100 state, national, and international exhibits including permanent collections at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Department of the Interior. He has received dozens of prestigious awards as well as three honorary doctorate degrees for his work. Amiotte lives and works in the Black Hills now.

Groth, born in Aberdeen, is a well-respected and accomplished South Dakota artist. She is known for her paintings of prairie life that capture both landscapes and relationships. While maintaining her fine art studio in Sioux Falls, Groth has also excelled as an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer.

Amiotte’s piece, which pays homage to the Sioux Horse Effigy, has been installed at the Cultural Heritage Center, in Pierre, near the sculpture of the Sioux Horse Effigy. The piece can be viewed for free by any visitor who would like to see it. The two pieces completed by Groth are displayed in the Governor’s large conference room in the State Capitol. Visitors will be allowed to view the pieces upon request, but they should call ahead to find a time when the conference room is not in use, 605-773-3212.

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 Art in State Buildings program was created for the purpose of adding the work of talented South Dakota artists to the state’s permanent art collection for display in conference and meeting rooms and other areas of state government buildings with significant public access.

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.

Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra Give Sterling Performance At Way Park Summer Music Series

All Images – Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra founded in late 2013 by third generation Hawaiian Sheila Martin finally had a chance after two previous dates were rained out to perform. On Thursday evening the orchestra entertained an appreciative group of fans at Way Park as the final act in the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series. The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra performs music from the 17 century to current pop and is scheduled to perform at the Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival next weekend August 26-27, 02016.

Current members of  The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra:
Bert Fischesser
Sheila Martin
Hanna Honors
Emma Lee Holllick
Joyce Sutter
Janet Gardner
Juni Hill
Jackie Lubber
Susan Haeker
Mary Fechner

Also attending the performance were Patrick Baker South Dakota Arts Council Director, Jim Speirs Executive Director Arts South Dakota and Jared Carson Mayor Custer City.

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Sheila Martin leads the The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series, at Way Park Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Janet Gardner is in the zone at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Hanna Honors plays lead ukulele at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Patrick Baker South Dakota Arts Council Director and Robin Prior Custer Area Arts Council Board Member enjoy a pre-concert chat at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The audience enjoys The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The audience enjoys The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press