Vermillion will host art forums

Vermillion will host art forums The South Dakota Arts Council and South Dakotans for the Arts invite the public to participate in developing ideas for future planning and programming in the arts. Focus Forums are being held throughout the state to aid the SDAC and SoDA in this process.

On April 17, a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Vermillion at the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street. Donna Fjelstad will facilitate the focus forum. Staff from Office of Arts will be available to answer questions. For more information contact Lori Frush, Program Coordinator of the South Dakota Arts Council, at 1-800-423-6665.

As part of the planning process, input from constituents is vital. The agencies want to know the challenges facing local communities, in order for the Arts Council's services to reflect the community's needs. Topics to be discussed are support for artists, arts in education, support for local arts organizations, public awareness campaigns, developing alternative fundraising strategies, technology assistance, and others. All South Dakotans are invited to participate in the forum to express their thoughts and concerns regarding arts in he community.

Individual meetings planned

As a way to reach constituents, the South Dakota Arts Council staff members will be available throughout the state to meet individually with South Dakotans. The meetings give individuals that have questions about any SDAC program a chance to meet with a staff member and discuss these issues.

"These individual appointments are a way for the State Arts Council staff to provide grant writing assistance to constituents," said Dennis Holub, Arts Council director.

On April 17, SDAC staff members will be in Vermillion to meet with interested individuals between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Washington Street Art Center. To make an appointment in Vermillion, please contact Cheryl Feight at (605)677-5712.

To inquire about other sites throughout the state that staff members will be visiting during the months of April and May, call Lori Frush, Program Coordinator, at (800)423-6665.

The South Dakota Arts Council is the governing board of the Office of Arts, a state agency of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. The Arts Council's mission is to provide grants and services to artists and arts organizations throughout the state, with major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and state government.

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