The South Dakota Arts Council will give 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.

In Pierre:

• Capital Area Counseling Services, Inc: $2,000. This Project Grant supports the

organization’s efforts to bring the Hegg Brothers Holiday Jam event to Pierre in December.

• Jefferson Elementary School: $600 plus artist travel. This Artists in Schools & Communities residency grant supports artists-in-residence activities for sponsor organization.

• Pierre Players: $4,466, this Arts Challenge Grant supports the year-round season of Pierre

Players Community Theatre.

In Fort Pierre:

• Jim Szana Trio: $1,250. This Touring Arts Grant supports the group’s tour of South Dakota

non-profit organizations.

In Onida:

• Agar-Blunt-Onida School District: $1,000 plus artist travel. AISC residency grants

supports artists-in-residence activities for sponsor organization.

Grants awarded to artists total approximately $205,000 and include four artist fellowships, 10 artist career development grants, one traditional arts apprenticeship grant, two artist collaboration grants, two artist project grants, and 32 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 78 organizations total about $715,000. Additionally, $160,000 has been awarded to support 204 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 $231,000 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 one million audience members statewide. For more information, visit

TheSouth DakotaArts Council is a state agency organized under the South Dakota Department of Tourism, led by Secretary James Hagan. For a complete listing of grants, visit


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