Losacker endorsed by state’s arts council

Losacker endorsed by state's arts council The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) met in Pierre Nov. 9 to review grant applications received from individual artists applying for participation in SDAC's Artists-In-Schools program for fiscal years 2002, 2003 and 2004 (July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2004).

The state arts council endorsed 28 professional artists who will provide residency opportunities in South Dakota's elementary and secondary schools lasting from one week to a full year in length.

Arts Education Coordinator, Michael Pangburn, said "The new roster offers a variety of opportunities for schools to work with artists in folk arts, writing, painting, sculpture, music, theater and interdisciplinary projects."

Among the 28 chosen artists is Nancy Losacker, Vermillion, who specializes in sculpture/clay.

For FY 2001, professional artists were placed in South Dakota schools to supplement existing arts programs by conducting approximately 224 weeks of residencies.

"Each year, over 60,000 young people in 170 schools participate in creative residencies with professional artists," said Gov. Bill Janklow. "Artists throughout our state bring creativity and new learning experiences to young people."

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 funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of South Dakota.

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