Sioux Falls, SD (April 5, 2018) Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council and the Sioux Falls Arts Council are excited to welcome art enthusiasts from every corner of the state to converge at the Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD for the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference on May 4 & 5, 2018. The South Dakota State Arts Conference occurs every five years, and 2018 is the first time the conference is taking place in Sioux Falls. Organizers are pleased to offer a reduced registration fee of $125 and a reduced hotel rate of $124 until April 16, 2018. For more information on visit www.ArtsSouthDakota.org.
The conference is the state’s biggest arts event of the year and an opportunity to celebrate South Dakota’s unique cultural heritage and vibrant arts community. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for the arts and network with national and state leaders.
The conference’s three keynote speakers are top arts professionals and leaders. First, at 6 p.m. on Friday May 4, Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts will serve as the opening Keynote Speaker. Cohen will talk about building a healthier South Dakota through the arts—how we derive not just cultural benefits from the arts, but also how we benefit socially, educationally, and economically—making our communities a great place to live and work.
Next, at 8:30 a.m. on May 5 Janet Brown, Past President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will offer a welcome keynote. Brown will focus on the arts for changing times and share what a successful arts organization looks like in 2018.
Finally, at 11:30 a.m. on May 5, Jane Chu, Chairman at National Endowment for the Arts, will serve as the lunch keynote speaker. Chairman Chu will focus on the impact of the arts in South Dakota and communities across the nation.
Along with the keynote presentations, the weekend will have helpful and practical learning sessions, as well as exciting art, performances and presenters who are the best in their fields.
The weekend of the conference will also see the installation of the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk pieces, with new sculptures and artists throughout downtown Sioux Falls on the morning of Saturday, May 5.
The South Dakota State Conference is sponsored by The White Wall Sessions, Workplace I.T. Management, First Bank & Trust, Sanford Health and Jack & Linda Stengel.
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. Launched in November 2015, Arts South Dakota is a statewide arts service and advocacy organization headquartered in Sioux Falls. It brings vitality to South Dakota communities and enriches people’s lives through the promotion of the creativity and visitor industries, by nurturing cultural leadership and education, and recognizing artistic excellence. The private, nonprofit group works closely with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state and federally funded division of South Dakota Tourism.