ARTS SOUTH DAKOTA

Arts South Dakota initiates, coordinates and sponsors programs and projects statewide to advance the arts through service, education and advocacy.

Sioux Falls, SD   |  www.ArtsSouthDakota.org

Mission

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Jim Speirs

Main address

PO Box 2496

Sioux Falls, SD 57101 USA

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EIN

47-4923322

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

South Dakota contains a unique and vibrant group of arts communities. However, these groups are separated by distance, culture, and other challenges. There is also a continual struggle to fund and support arts and arts education. Arts South Dakota works to connect and support these arts organizations, as well as engage in advocacy with their collective voice.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts Education Institute

Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council ,and Northern State University sponsor the annual Arts Education Institute, providing quality professional development in the arts and arts in education for South Dakota teachers Pre-K-12. The Institute provides hands-on arts workshops for teachers and administrators and instruction on how to incorporate into their classroom.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ARTSCORR provided participatory exposure to the arts for incarcerated youth in South Dakota’s state juvenile correctional facility, STAR Academy, before its closing in 2016. The successful twenty-year program included artist residencies, correctional staff training and integration of the arts into educational programs. A new pilot program at Sequel Transition Academy in Sioux Falls will begin in 2018. ArtsCorr is administered by Arts South Dakota with support from the South Dakota Arts Council and the SD Department of Corrections.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

In partnership with the Michael J Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, the South Dakota Arts Council, Arts South Dakota, and Americans for the Arts, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office is working to design comprehensive arts residency programming for the State Veterans Home and community of Hot Springs. The State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative will be designed around a central storytelling component and include professional artists-in-residence from all arts disciplines.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The state arts conference is held every two to three years at different locations across South Dakota. Workshops, panel discussions, plenary sessions focus on key areas such as racial equity, arts education, fundraising, local arts councils, grant-writing, and marketing/social media. National arts leaders are invited to attend and provide keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Arts Advocacy Day at the Legislature is held biennially, alternating years with the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. This day serves to heighten awareness and appreciation of the arts for our legislators and other decision-makers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Governor’s Awards are sponsored biennially by Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Awards recognize South Dakota’s finest artists and supporters of the arts. They are given for: Distinction in Creative Achievement; Outstanding Support of the Arts by and Individual; Outstanding Support of the Arts by a Business or Organization; and Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education. Recipients are honored at a prestigious banquet attended by artists, arts patrons and government officials.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Organizational members and individual donors of Arts South Dakota are kept informed of opportunities and issues through our newsletter, ARTS ALIVE, which includes information on artists, local arts organizations, and the South Dakota Arts Council. Members also receive weekly updates and alerts on education, advocacy issues, events and programs through our weekly arts events emails sent every Monday afternoon.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council continue to co-sponsor a public awareness campaign emphasizing the value of the arts to individuals, communities and our state. The Executive Director of Arts South Dakota is a registered lobbyist with the Secretary of State and informs Legislators and Executive branch officials on arts issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

South Dakota, as a state and a people, encourages the development of artistic talent and appreciation in all individuals and values the worth of creative expression to the quality of life of all who live in and visit the State and to the economic, social and educational growth of its communities.
South Dakotans have opportunities to participate in the arts in their own communities and to experience the work of professional artists in their communities or regions.

All South Dakota children have the opportunity to experience and participate in art forms that enhance life-long learning by expanding curiosity, creativity, team-building skills and self- worth.

Arts South Dakota’s programming consists of several collaborative initiatives including the annual Arts Education Institute, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts, statewide arts conference, community network of arts organizations, publication of the state-wide arts magazine “Arts Alive,” correctional department arts program “ArtsCorr,” a national youth poetry competition “Poetry Out Loud,” and an Arts Initiative at the State Veterans Home. Arts South Dakota also maintains a website for dynamic communications of arts activities and announcements throughout South Dakota.

Arts South Dakota has three primary areas of focus:

1. Service to community arts councils, art organizations, and artists
2. Leadership and support of arts education
3. South Dakota's advocate for the arts on a statewide, community, and national level

In order to accomplish our mission, we work to connect the many vibrant arts communities across the state with each other, with their state and local governments, and within their communities. Through actives such as a a statewide arts magazine, arts events calendar, conferences, webinars, arts educator institutes, gatherings, and amplifying the collective voice of the arts community at the state and national capitals. We also work to ensure that the arts are accessible and equitable by helping to bridge rural and urban areas, as well as across cultures.

Arts South Dakota’s capabilities consist of a dynamic Board of Directors from across the state. Members include a diverse group of arts leaders, advocates, and administrators. It is Arts South Dakota’s goal to have diversity in areas of gender, race, arts, business, political affiliation, and geographic location among its board of directors. We also have a nimble and capable staff spread across the state, who collectively have decades of experience in arts and support organizations. Our other capabilities are the artists and organizations we serve–bringing them together to help each other solve problems and collaborate with their stores of knowledge and experience.



Arts South Dakota also works closely on a variety of programs with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state arts agency. This strong public / private partnership with the state arts council provides the strength and unified vision to lead our creative community in South Dakota.

As a young organization, we have successfully launched a number of important programs and expanded our capabilities quickly, expanding Arts South Dakota’s reach across the state, and across our constituent groups. 

To increase capacity for the future, in 2018 Arts South Dakota hired a third full-time employee, with the position of Community Development Director. The first major goal is to interface more with the Community Arts Councils, bringing them together as a group more often, helping with educational opportunities, and engaging them in advocacy training.

We also plan to increase our communication channels by more directly targeting our messages to the constituencies, targeting city, state, and national leaders differently than the messages we send to our member organizations, artists, and community arts council constituents.

Arts South Dakota continues to analyze all of our programs and messaging, and to work closely with our state partner, the South Dakota Arts Council, to improve our products and services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The arts and creative culture sector throughout South Dakota, including individual artists, creatives, and culture bearers, nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations, as well as arts educators.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARTS SOUTH DAKOTA

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Stacy Braun

Aberdeen Area Arts Council


Board co-chair

Katie Hunhoff

South Dakota Magazine

Brian Hildebrant

CPA

Dr. Craig Howe

CAIRNS

Katrina Lehr-McKinney

Pick Fresh

Sen. Troy Heinert

South Dakota Legislature

Dr. Alan LaFave

Northern State University

Shelley Stingley

Rep. Scyller Borglum, Ph.D.

South Dakota Legislature

Kenny Putnam

Image Up Creative Services

Julie Garreau

Cheyenne River Youth Project

Lynn Verschoor

Jim Mathis

Adwerks

Lance Bertram

Avera

Kris Wollman

Dale Lamphere

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data