PIERRE | More than 230 South Dakota artists, arts organizations, schools and art projects and programs will share $1.364 million in grants from the South Dakota Arts Council for fiscal 2018, state Secretary of Tourism James D. Hagan announced Wednesday.
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. Arts Council grants help generate $17 million each year in local matching funds and spending, according to a release.
“These grant funds demonstrate sound public investments in our communities and schools across the state and highlight the value of our state arts agency and the importance of the arts in our state,” Hagen stated in the release.
The grant awards are divided into three general categories: artist grants, organization grants and special activity grants.
Grants awarded to artists total $230,000 and include five artist fellowships, nine artist career development grants, four traditional arts apprenticeship grants, two artist collaboration grants, two artist project grants, and 27 touring arts grants. Grant awards to 78 organizations total $696,000. Additionally, $164,000 has been awarded to finance 220 weeks of artist residencies in schools and community settings.
Grants awarded for special activities total $274,000. Those grants fund activities in education, public awareness, traditional arts, technical assistance, professional development, excursions, and Dance on Tour, Poetry Out Loud, and Art for State Buildings programs.
West River recipients by city included:
Custer: Black Hills Playhouse, $25,997. Arts Challenge grant supports summer season in Custer State Park; Custer Area Arts Council, $1,500. Project grant supports the Way Park Summer Outdoor Music Festival, presented every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the summer; Custer Area Arts Council, $1,000 plus travel.
Deadwood-Lead: Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, $5,330. Arts Challenge grant supports classical chamber music concerts and educational activities at events in Black Hills and Pine Ridge communities throughout the month of July; Historic Deadwood Lead Arts Council, $4,499. Arts Challenge grant supports yearly programming of the local arts council; Historic Homestake Opera House Society: $8,840. Arts Challenge grant supports yearly performing-arts programming to provide educational and cultural opportunities for the community.
Hermosa: Molina Parker, $4,000. Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant supports beadwork instruction with an apprentice from Rapid City.
Hill City: Black Hills Film Festival, $4,500. Project grant supports the ninth annual festival showcasing independent films for public viewing and featuring educational workshops and sessions for South Dakotans including filmmakers, writers, actors and cinematographers; Hill City Arts Council, $11,212. Arts Challenge grant supports HCAC’s season of activities and
Hot Springs: Michael J. Fitzmaurice SD Veterans Home, $1,200 plus travel. AISC grants support two one-week artist residencies at the home.
Kyle: Oglala Lakota College, $3,000. Project grant supports “A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists,” a summer program in which 12 artists are introduced to visitors who pass through the Historical Center of Oglala Lakota College.
Mission: Sinte Gleska University, $4,000. Project grant supports the 30th annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market held in Sioux Falls in September.