Applications for the third phase of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act emergency relief funds designated for South Dakota arts and cultural organizations is now open. View the announcement.

Recipients of phase one of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act emergency relief funds can find additional resource to manage thier grant online at

Application Guidelines for CARES Act emergency relief from the South Dakota Arts Council (PDF Document)

Guidelines for the Residencies for Recovery program opening for applicants on June 22 (PDF Document)

To receive information on opportunities and events related to the SDAC, join our online mailing list at

Please tune in to this special message from the South Dakota Arts Council Executive Director Patrick Baker, and join us in the coming weeks for live online conversations.

South Dakota arts and cultural organizations are invited to seek CARES Act emergency relief from the South Dakota Arts Council. (Posted 05-05-2020)

Distributing CARES Act Relief to SD Arts Organizations (Posted 05-01-2020)

Please read the following message to the statewide arts community from the South Dakota Arts Council regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) online at

Arts South Dakota's COVID-19 Resource page for our statewide arts community

SDAC message to constituents

COVID-19 Arts Relief (Posted 04-03-2020)


The submission deadline for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition has been extended to May 11. U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) announced the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, which puts the artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol. The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting entries on behalf of U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson. Please click the link here for the full article. For information on this program from Rep. Johnson’s office please click here. Please visit for program and application details.


PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Arts Council will provide grant and special initiative support to more than 200 South Dakota artists, arts organizations, schools, projects and programs totaling $1.36 million in fiscal year 2020, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced today.

Read full press release here | Listing of Grants by City

Council’s Strategic Planning

Every three years the statewide arts community takes time to cast a new vision and establish new goals. In January 2017, the Arts Council, in conjunction with Arts South Dakota, launched a constituent survey. In the survey, we asked South Dakotans to weigh in on what is important, needs to be done, what have “we” as an arts community done well, and what can we do better.
Information gathered from the survey was the basis for community conversations throughout the spring and leadership meetings over the summer.

The Arts Council compiled the needs and wants of all participants into a vision for our agency the next three to five years. We are pleased to share with you our new strategic plan.

Click here for the complete Strategic Plan

Compilations of the information from our planning meeting can be found online through the following documents:

Click here for 2017 South Dakota Arts Constituent Survey Report

Click here for Report of South Dakota Arts Council and Arts South Dakota 2017 Regional Arts Meetings

Research and Reports by Craig Dreeszen, Ph. D. Dreeszen & Associates

We thank all of you who participated in the survey, regional planning gatherings, and leadership meetings. Your input was essential to our planning process and we deeply appreciate and value your time.


50 Artists to Watch is a special project we’re embarking on in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the South Dakota Arts Council. This series of short artist features is intended to share the work of South Dakota artists on a wide platform. It is not intended as a list of top or best artists. It is not presented in any particular order. Featured artists are being selected from nominations sent to us. You can nominate an artist by emailing We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep all nominations on a list for future features and blogs. Learn more about the featured artists by visiting our Blog.

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