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


The SDAC is now accepting applications from artists to join the Artists in Schools and Communities and Touring Arts rosters. The application deadline is September 1.
For a more information on the grants available, use the links below. The Applican Portal includes several resources to assist applicants. Visit the portal here

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We invite you to apply for entry into the 2019 Prairie Art Showcase. The annual Art Showcase is held in conjunction with the Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt. The annual event features talented artists from across our state and gives guests an opportunity to purchase South Dakota artwork. This year’s showcase will take place on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Pierre. The showcase is open to the public on Saturday, October 26.

All applications and digital images must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., June 16, 2019.
Visit for details, including instructions to apply and the application.


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.

Our latest featured artist, Steve Bormes, is a Sioux Falls artist making waves with his concocted sea creatures who inhabit the new “aquarium” at the South Dakota Art Museum.

Black and white headshot photo of artist Steve Bormes.

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.

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