Bring a professional artist to your community

South Dakota schools and communities have the opportunity to book professional artists to teach weeklong courses to students of all ages.

The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting grant applications for its Artists In Schools and Communities (AISC) residency program. The SDAC will provide matching grants to schools and other nonprofit organizations.

Through the AISC program, students � adults and children alike � will learn about fine arts in an exciting, relevant, hands-on environment.

Grantees choose their art medium and artist from a roster of professional teaching artists endorsed by the Arts Council. Residency genres include dance, literature, writing, music, theater, visual arts and traditional arts. Within those genres, the choices are numerous. A theater residency could include classroom workshops or a full-length production featuring local students at the end of the week. In the visual arts, choose from pottery, weaving, painting, drawing, sculpting and even a final exhibit focused on a community�s history through multi-media pop art. The traditional artists include residencies in cowboy culture, American Indian hoop dancing and rodeo clowning.

For information about the South Dakota Arts Council roster artists and their programs, visit

The deadline for grant applications to be postmarked is April 1, 2011; watch for updates in 2012, when the application deadline will change to March 1. The application is available at

The mission of the Arts Council is to provide grants and services to artists, arts institutions, schools and other nonprofit organizations throughout the state with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota.

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