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Arts Council Grants $1.26 Million



CONTACT:  Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director, 605-295-4052



Arts Council Grants $1.26 Million


PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Arts Council will provide support for grants and special arts initiatives totaling $1.26 million in fiscal year 2021, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced today.


“South Dakota is supporting nearly 200 creative projects and programs to help our communities, citizens and visitors get back to normal. Art brings us together. It has shown us resiliency, innovation and comfort in the toughest times and will continue to thrive in South Dakota,” said Governor Noem.


Grants awarded to artists total approximately $217,000 and include four artist fellowships, 10 artist career development grants, two traditional arts apprenticeship grants, one artist collaboration grant, two artist project grants, and 31 touring artist grants. These grants contribute to the artists’ professional development and reward their commitment to live and work in the state. Touring Arts grants also provide South Dakotans the opportunity to attend quality performances and exhibitions in small towns throughout the state.


Grant awards to 75 organizations total about $660,000. Additionally, $145,000 has been awarded to support 202 weeks of artist residencies in school, healthcare and community settings. The grants encourage organizations to develop and sustain important arts projects in their communities and provide employment opportunities for artists and arts administrators.


Special initiatives and activities funding totaling $238,500 will support programs such as arts education, public awareness, traditional arts, technical assistance, professional development, excursion grants, Poetry Out Loud, Art for Life and Art for State Buildings.


Arts Council funds are provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the State of South Dakota from a portion of the state’s tourism promotion tax. Annually, Arts Council grants help generate $20 million in local spending to complete funded projects and reach more than 1 million audience members statewide. For more information about SDAC programs, visit www.artscouncil.sd.gov.


The South Dakota Arts Council is a state agency organized under the South Dakota Department of Tourism.  The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.




**MEDIA NOTE: Find a complete listing of FY21 grants, organized by city, at: https://artscouncil.sd.gov/about/FY21_grants_by_city.pdf