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From Rebecca Cruse

Deputy Director, SDAC









PIERRE - The South Dakota Arts Council has awarded $422,800 in grants supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to 60 arts and cultural organzations throughout South Dakota.


Grants were awarded in two categories to address urgent need and pandemic recovery.

One-time Emergency Assistance Grants were awarded to organizations for the purposes of salary support for one or more staff members; payment to artists or contractual personnel; and facility costs, such as rent and utilities.


Ten arts and cultural organizations across the state were awarded funding through the Residencies for Recovery program, which employs artists to help develop and implement creative planning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, prepare for future disasters, and build resilient arts communities.


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 South Dakota Legislature. 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.



*A complete listing of CARES grant recipients is attached.



Emergency Assistance Grants 

  • Aberdeen Area Community Foundation/Aberdeen Community Concerts Assn., Aberdeen: $2,500.
  • Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center, Aberdeen: $12,500.
  • ACT 2, Inc., Aberdeen: $12,500.  
  • Area Community Theatre, Mitchell: $10,000.  
  • Belle Fourche Area Community Theater, Belle Fourche: $2,500.  
  • Black Hills Community Theatre, Inc, Rapid City: $12,500.  
  • Black Hills Film Festival, Hill City: $2,500.  
  • Black Hills Symphony Orchestra Society, Rapid City: $10,000.  
  • Brookings Arts Council, Brookings: $2,500.  
  • Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, Rapid City: $5,000.  
  • Cheyenne River Youth Project, Eagle Butte: $12,500.  
  • Dakota Players DBA Black Hills Playhouse, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • Dakota Sky Foundation, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • Fallout Creative Community, Aberdeen: $2,500.  
  • Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls Inc, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish: $2,500.  
  • Historic Deadwood Lead Arts Council, Lead: $5,000.  
  • Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead: $12,500.  
  •  Lakota Wellness Society, Parmelee: $2,500.  
  • Lewis and Clark Theatre Company, Yankton: $2,500.  
  • Madison Area Arts Council, Madison: $2,500.  
  • makeSPACE: Spearfish Partnership for Arts, Cycling, and Equity, Inc., Spearfish: $2,500.  
  • National Music Museum, Vermillion: $12,500.  
  • Nis'to Incorporated, Sisseton: $2,500.  
  • Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire and Games, Aberdeen: $2,500.  
  • Olde Towne Theatre Co. Inc., Worthing: $10,000.  
  • Patricia Locke Foundation, Wakpala: $2,500.  
  • Performing Arts Center of Rapid City Inc, Rapid City: $10,000.  
  • Pierre Players, Inc., Pierre: $5,000.  
  • Pine Ridge Center For Artists And Crafters, Martin: $2,500.  
  • Prairie Repertory Theatre, Inc., Brookings: $10,000.  
  • Sioux Falls Arts Council, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  •  Sioux Falls Children's Choir, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, Sioux Falls: $12,500.  
  • Sisseton Arts Council, Sisseton: $2,500.  
  • South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings: $12,500.  
  • South Dakota Ballet Co., Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Vermillion: $2,500.  
  • South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Sioux Falls: $12,500.  
  • Sturgis Center for the Arts, Inc., Sturgis: $2,500.  
  • Su Fu Du Inc, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • The Carnegie Center for Arts, Culture and Education, Canton: $2,500.  
  • The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center, Spearfish: $12,500.  
  • The Retreat at Pointer's Ridge, Baltic: $2,500.  
  • Transept, Sioux Falls: $2,500.  
  • Vermillion Area Arts Council, Vermillion: $2,500.  
  • Vermillion Area Dance Organization, Vermillion: $2,500.  
  • Yankton Area Arts Association, Yankton: $10,000.  
  • Yankton County Historical Society, Yankton: $2,500.  

Residencies for Recovery Grants

  • Aberdeen Area Arts Council, Aberdeen: $5,000.   
  • Backroom Productions, Inc., Rapid City: $7,225.
  • Black Hills Film Festival, Hill City: $7,225.   
  • Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead: $5,000.   
  • The Journey Museum and Learning Center, Rapid City: $7,225.   
  • Magpie Creative, Rapid City: $7,225.   
  • Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., Pine Ridge: $7,225.   
  • Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, Sioux Falls: $7,225.   
  • Sisseton Arts Council, Sisseton: $7,225.   
  • United Way of Vermillion, Vermillion: $7,225.