Shrine to Music receives arts grant

Shrine to Music receives arts grant The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) met June 11 to review Arts Leadership Grant applications from community arts organizations for arts projects occurring in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.

The SDAC's grant review process utilized in-state and out-of-state expert panelists to make funding recommendations on the basis of quality.

America's Shrine to Music Museum received a $20,000 Arts Leadership Grant to support the creation of The Great Plains Fiddle Fest and International Competition, which will showcase various styles of fiddling.

Awards amounting to $109,460 were granted to seven non-profit arts organizations around South Dakota. Arts Leadership Grants provide matching-funds support for projects that are new initiatives or enhance existing projects/programming.

With funding from the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, MN, SDAC established Arts Leadership Grants to assist South Dakota nonprofit arts organizations in the development of a two-year project. The funding category is designed for local arts organizations to address statewide arts needs such as arts education/youth arts development; collaborations and partnerships between local organizations; access; technology; artist development; and public awareness. These needs were identified during SDAC's long-range planning process in the spring of 2000.

In 1995 and 1996, SDAC received funding from the Bush Foundation, which allowed local arts organizations to create special activities for innovative artistic growth that where beneficial to communities. Many of the activities initiated during that time remain in existence today.

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 State of South Dakota and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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