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


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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