Local artists, programs receive grant funding The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) met in Pierre this spring to review grant applications from individual artists, schools, art institutions and community arts organizations for arts projects occurring in fiscal year 2003 (July 1, 2002-June 30, 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 in a variety of art disciplines: dance, literature, media arts, multi-disciplinary, music, theater, traditional arts, and visual arts.
Awards amounting to $604,050 were awarded to 122 non-profit organizations and individual artists. Grants provide matching-funds support for community arts councils' season of activities, support to major arts institutions, and assistance for special projects throughout the state. Individual artists, recognized for their contributions to the arts in South Dakota, also received funding for projects contributing to their individual professional development and growth.
In addition, $116,300 in funding was approved to support approximately 230 weeks of Artists-In-Schools (AIS) residencies. Through the AIS program, professional artists are sponsored by schools, school districts and other organizations to share their talents with students of all ages in residencies ranging in length from one week to one semester. Artists work with teachers, parents, and the community to provide arts experiences that inspire children to learn more about art and about life.
These grant awards generate even more dollars at the local level. A grand total of $720,530 awarded to more than 200 schools, organizations and ar-tists will produce over $7 million in local matching-funds support for the arts.
"These grants will bring the arts to communities across the state and provide thousands of children with local arts activities," Gov. William J. Janklow said.
Local grant recipients include:
* USD Community Orchestra: $750. Importation of Musicians Grant supports the importation of supplementary musicians for Orchestra's 2002-03 season.
* South Dakota Public Broadcasting: $7,500. State-wide Services Grant supports S.D. Public Radio arts programming that features South Dakota artists, events, and arts organizations. Specific programming supported by this grant includes (a) Arts Event Calendar, (b) Arts Advocate Report, (c) South Dakota Showcase, and (d) House Blend.
* America's Shrine to Music Museum: $26,873. Arts Challenge Grant supports the museum's mission to serve the people of South Dakota and the nation as an international center for collecting and conserving musical instruments of all cultures and bringing people together to study, enjoy and understand our diverse musical heritage.
* Stephen Yarbrough: $3,000. Artist Grant supports the artist's musical composition for full orchestra based on John Donne's poem, A Hymn to God the Father.
* Mary Inman: $3,000. Artist Grant supports the artist's development of a new touring production for Discovery Mime Theatre and to assist in the of several of the artist's plays for children.
* Dakota Baroque and Classic Company, baroque chamber music ensemble: $800. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota non-profit organizations.
* Discovery Mime Theatre, mime troupe: $5,000. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota non-profit organizations.
* USD Rawlins Piano Trio, piano/violin/cello ensemble: $800. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota non-profit organizations.
* Vermillion Public Schools: $2,800 + artists' travel reimbursements. AIS Grant supports seven weeks of artist residencies in the district.
* Poker Alice Band, acoustic musicians with a regional flavor: $1,500. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota non-profit organizations.
* Wakonda Public Library: $800. SAIL supports a one-week artist residency in the community library.