Categories: Press Releases

Sioux Falls Arts Council Unveils 2017-18 Action Plan

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Three months after a new Executive Director took the helm of the Sioux Falls Arts Council, it has laid out an action plan charting a fresh course for the organization. This plan distinguishes it as an entity that specializes in arts coordination and public accessibility rather than a programming entity that […]

Kara Dirkson named Executive Director

Sioux Falls, S.D. — We’re excited to announce Kara Dirkson will be our new Executive Director effective January 2, 2017. She currently serves as the Director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls. “We’re so pleased that Kara is bringing her experience in the arts community […]

Virtual Festival of Trees Event 2016

Brookings, S.D. — “The Brookings Arts Council in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Brookings is pleased to share the Festival of Trees theme “ The Secret Life of Santa” for the 2016 Festival of Festival of Trees event.  While the Brookings Arts Council BUILDING will be under construction, the event will still […]


Sioux Falls, SD — On September 15, 2016 the Institute and Museum Library Services (IMLS) announced $21 Million was awarded through its largest museum grant program to help museums improve service to the public. The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science will receive $24,500 in funding from the IMLS Museums for America Grant program. With […]

Sioux Falls Arts Council Announces Recipients of the 2016 Mayor’s Awards for the Arts

Sioux Falls, SD – (April 8, 2016) The Sioux Falls Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Mayor’s Awards for the Arts. Individual Excellence in Visual Arts – Joan Swenson Joan Swenson is the Admission/Marketing/Alliance Manager at Tallgrass Recovery, mom of 4 and is a professional artist and guest speaker.  Last […]

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered as the Sioux Falls Arts Council concludes the first quarter of Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. The research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit […]

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Nominated for 51st ACM Awards

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Nominated for 51st ACM Awards

Sioux Falls, SD — The Academy of Country Music has nominated the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center as Venue of the Year for medium capacity venues in the country. The PREMIER Center is nominated alongside some of the most popular venues of its kind including Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand […]

JazzFest 25 Guitar Art Project Now On Display

In honor of the 25th celebration of JazzFest in July 2016, the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues (SFJB) began the Guitar Art Project. Various South Dakotan artists contributed artwork using a white Fender Stratocaster guitar as their canvas. These works of art are now on display at the Koch Hazard Architects gallery located on 431 […]

Sioux Falls Arts Council Welcomes New Board Members

Sioux Falls Arts Council Welcomes New Board Members

The Sioux Falls Arts Council Council’s Board Chair Sandra Pay announces three new board members. In addition to the council’s existing members, the board has added Tom Simmons, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Midcontinent Communications; Michelle Lavallee of The Lavallee Group; and Alex Hagen of Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry. The mission of […]