Governor awards $451,000 in Arts Council Grants

Governor awards $451,000 in Arts Council Grants Gov. Mike Rounds is helping the arts in South Dakota by awarding $451,925 in grants to 82 different artists, art organizations, and art projects across the state.

"By nurturing the arts and promoting what is unique and best about South Dakota, our state will continue to be an inviting and interesting place for our citizens and for others who visit," Rounds said. The governor noted that the grant money he awarded this spring will generate more than $5 million in local matching funds and spending.

Spring grants are awarded to individual artists, traditional arts apprenticeships, artist collaborations, arts organizations, state-wide service organizations, symphony orchestras, and a variety of art projects on the local level. These awards help make possible projects like the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the South Dakota Art Museum, as well as assisting individual artists, community theatres, art councils, and community art projects across the state.

In 2003, the state has received 151 requests for grants; this is 40 more than last year and 58 more than the council received five years ago. "We have a tremendous amount of interest in the arts in South Dakota," Rounds said.

The review board consists of in-state and out-of-state professionals and South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) members. Recommendations are made in the areas of music, visual arts, traditional/folk arts, literature, media arts, dance and multi-disciplinary and are based on the quality of the art and how th proposal will benefit the artist and/or the state.

The entire 2004 grants and initiatives budget total $855,900. A large portion of the monies comes from the National Endowment for the Arts Partnership Grant to the SDAC and from the State Legislature. In addition to grants, the budget supports 220 weeks of Artists-in-Schools residencies, eight summer artist residencies in libraries, the Touring Arts program, and five special initiatives.

The South Dakota Arts Council is the governing board of the Office of Arts, a state agency within the Department of Tourism and State Development. The 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.

For more information about SDAC programs, visit or call (605) 773-3131.

Grants awarded to Vermillion include:

* USD Community Orchestra, $750. Importation of Musicians Grant supports the importation of supplementary musicians for Orchetra's 2003-04 season.

* South Dakota Public Broadcasting, $7,500. Statewide Services Grant supports SDPB programs that advance the arts in South Dakota: (1) "Arts Reporter," which promotes public awareness of the arts in a variety of ways and (2) "South Dakota Originals," which will offer performers a quality venue for Web broadcasts by presenting an archiving monthly performances from across the state.

* National Music Museum, $27,343. 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.

* John Banasiak, $3,000. Artist Grant supports the production of 100 new pieces in the artist's photographic series using mythological and archetypal images coated in contemporary costumes to explore American culture.

* Jerome Kills Small, $5,700. Artist Collaboration Grant supports a collaboration between Lakota poet Jerome Kills Small and New York composer Glenn McClure to create a musical work for choir, percussion and Native singers using both traditional an modern Lakota texts. The work will provide a venue for Native singers to perform with standard choirs and celebrate the ways in which diverse cultures can complement each other.

* Dakota Baroque and Classic Company, $800. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota nonprofit organizations.

* Discovery Mime Theatre, $3,000. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota nonprofit organizations.

* USD Rawlins Piano Trio, $800. Touring Arts Grant to be used for underwriting fees for performances sponsored by South Dakota nonprofit organizations.

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